Archive | January, 2012

The Norwich Who are You?: ‘my soft spot for Sunderland’


Norwich, like Swansea, have impressed most neutrals with their progress so far in the Premier. Indeed, they did better than us in the FA Cup at the weekend. Robin Sainty*, chairman of the Independent Norwich City Supporters’ Club, would have settled for just staying up. Here, ahead of tomorrow’s Sunderland v City game, is his […]

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Soapbox on Middlesbrough: bouncing back from our ‘had-to-happen’ moment

All bubbles burst. Our didn’t quite evaporate but the 1-1 draw against Boro not only sets up a tricky replay but reminds us that even Martin O’Neill’s powers have their limits. Over to Pete Sixsmith … (more…)

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Derby and Joan Club: Middlesbrough still to beat. Arsenal to come?

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Right, we got back into the game, maybe should have found the strength to win but cannot seriously complain about the result. (more…)

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Martin’s Musings on Boro: ‘brilliant McClean, cool Campbell keep us in it’

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Martin O’Neill maintained his unbeaten home record at the Stadium of Light with the heartening goal from Fraizer Campbell, just back from long-term injury securing the draw. We now have to go the Boro and win to earn another home tie, against Arsenal, in the 5th round – and Martin’s post-match missive recognised that the […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Middlesbrough 1 – Campbell’s super saver

This is where Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day […]

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Sunderland, Newcastle and Cannes: in search of a man with a funny name


Can it really be true? Is there seriously a Spanish music mogul by the name of Jordi Bastard? Our own Rob Hutchinson is convinced of it and searches high and low on the French Riviera, Somerset Maugham’s sunny place for shady people .. (more…)

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Salut! Sunderland’s Week: beating Swansea, facing Boro, mourning a good man

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It is time again for our glance at the week gone by. But let us look forward a little as well. (more…)

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Martin O’Neill is no mug, but his mug’s on ours

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As we indicated the other day Salut! Sunderland is fast approaching 1.5m “hits” since the site’s creation at the beginning of 2007. Boosted by a lot of traffic from the West Midlands and South Wales, after a little fun we had at the expense of Birmingham and Cardiff, we even made it into the top […]

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Ian Laws: another tribute to a good man taken far too soon

Ian Laws: RIP

Martin Emmerson, of BBC Radio Newcastle, brought me the sad news about Ian Laws, the much-admired Sunderland Echo man who died last night (Thursday). This is his own tribute, to add to the ones already published at Salut! Sunderland and elsewhere … (more…)

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Ian Laws RIP: ‘top, top bloke’, the best kind of local reporter

At high levels of the world of journalism, it used to be commonplace to find people who had started off as bright young reporters on their local newspapers before falling for the lure of Fleet Street, TV or radio and moving away in pursuit of whatever dreams they had. (more…)

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]