Archive | December, 2011

Sunderland’s year in review: (4) O, O-O-O O’Neill

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As the old order crumbles, a new era begins in this, the fourth and final part of Salut! Sunderland‘s review of the year. (more…)

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The Man City ‘Who are You?’ update: a mighty Sunderland performance needed

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Last season, we got one. It took a fabulous (for us) miss from Tevez and other wasteful City play to keep us in it, but Darren Bent’s last-gasp penalty brought us a massive win. Just imagine what a similar scoreline tomorrow would mean for morale at the Stadium of Light. It is a big, big […]

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Sunderland’s year in review: (3) gloom descends, storm clouds gather

'They hated me for being a Geordie ... but not him behind me'

The third part of Salut! Sunderland‘s look back on the year – makes a change from looking back on the past week – takes in all the hopes of summer, the false dawn of that spirited opening day fightback at Anfield and the start of the abysmal sequence that finally cost Steve Bruce his job. […]

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Sunderland’s year in review: (2) from Eastlands massacre to dizziness at 10th

The second part in our four part-series on the ups and downs of 2011 starts in April with lots left for Sunderland to play for. The small matter of survival springs to mind. (more…)

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Sunderland’s year in review: (1) hope and betrayal, laughter and mourning

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Lots of other people do it so why not Salut! Sunderland? We publish so much material that choosing bits to represent a whole year is a tall order. Here goes in any case with the first quarter of 2011 as seen through this site’s eyes. (more…)

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Soapbox: forget Osman, this Cheeta was a chimp


Visit Salut!’s Amazon link. Only Leon truly knows if he was a cheater at the Stadium of Light. Some things are more certain: Cheeta, for example, was a chimp. And Pete Sixsmith clearly has too much time on his hands. Who would have thought being driven in disgust from a match at Highbury would lead […]

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The SAFC-Manchester City ‘Who are You?: no premature lording it over United

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Ten years after starting the Manchester City blog Bluemoon as a quick project for a web design course, Ric Turner* is still at it. He loves his club’s new-found success, has no wish to return to underdog days, quite likes Sunderland again now Steve Bruce has gone and predicts a result going to script … […]

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The Man City build-up kicks off: ‘can we have Balotelli please?’


Far too early to be starting to think about SAFC v Manchester City on Sunday afternoon? Not if you’re the Bluemoon site where they’re already running an interview with our own Pete Sixsmith. He began his shopping list of City players he’d welcome at the Stadium of Light with the Italian striker but, realising the […]

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The Beautiful Game: Spurs top, Stoke and Wolves bottom with us

Beauty of Sunderland: Mrs Logic

A pretty picture, but who are the Beauties and who are the Beasts in English football? Trust a Londoner to put Sunderland in the second category … (more…)

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Leon Osman’s unwanted accolade as cheating finds a new level


For all Salut! Sunderland knows, Leon Osman is a regular at church, helps old ladies across the road, spends hours daily feeding the homeless and plays Scrabble without even thinking of snatching a sneaky glance at everyone else’s letters. He also stands accused of being a prize cheat. (more…)

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Adieu Martin Bain

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Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it […]

SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut couldn’t be in Sunderland today but pieces together the bits he has gleaned about the confirmed purchase of […]

That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]