Archive | March, 2012

Martin’s Musings on Man City: better side is singing the blues

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After Tuesday’s disappointment, today’s response against a side that hadn’t dropped a home point all season, has Martin O’Neill singing the praises of his team. Whilst ultimately this may be viewed as two points dropped, rather than one won, once again we have seen the manager’s ability to use the available players to achieve a […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester City 3 SAFC 3. And it feels like losing …

A magnificent performance left Sunderland feeling that a draw at the Etihad stadium, where no team had won or – until today – drawn in the Premier League this season, amounted to two cruelly lost points. (more…)

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HT: Manchester City 1 SAFC 2. Justice at the interval

Finished 3-3: this report now supersed by http://salutsunderland.com/2012/03/sixers-sevens-manchester-city-3-safc-3-and-it-feels-like-losing/ We have not won at Man City since 1998, when Kevin Phillips scored the only goal at Maine Road. We managed to score twice in the first half in the grander surrounds of the Etihad today. (more…)

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Salut! Sunderland’s Week: after Everton, please no cricket score at Man City

It all began so well with a comfortable win over QPR that dumped them in the relegation zone and, with Everton winning 2-0 at Swansea, pushed us back up to eighth top. Unfortunately, Everton had the taste for victory more powerfully rooted in their mouths and proceeded to repeat the scoreline at the Stadium of […]

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Man City v SAFC: Aguero absence rocks the ‘guess-the-score’ calculations

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A great excuse reached me today to remind everyone of the Salut! Sunderland competition in which you are invited to guess the score of tomorrow’s game between Manchester City and Martin O’Neill’s finest. (more…)

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Tony Benn and an early Sunderland chant: ‘peanuts, tanner a bag’

Benn tell Jake: 'I'm leaving politics to spend more time with my peanuts'

What is the first chant you remember hearing at Roker Park, or which early chant or song has lingered longest in the memory? The Fulwell singing along to the chorus of the Monkees’ I’m a Believer doesn’t count. (more…)

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Can Sunderland shatter the Man City home record? Just asking …

This is becoming an expensive habit for Monsieur Salut. (more…)

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Darren Handclap brings catharsis as Whitby hold the other Man United

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In need of being jolted out of a post-Everton sulk, Pete Sixsmith took the road to Whitby where a grand fish and chips meal, leisurely harbourside strolls and reacquaintance with Darren Williams did the trick … (more…)

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Manchester City v SAFC ‘Who are You?’: Mancini, Mackems and Mary Poppins

Rick Haswell-Cohen* is a lucky lad. Fell in love with and married a Mackememoiselle, then woke up one morning to news that the team he’d always supported was suddenly mega-rich. Salut! Sunderland is deeply grateful to Rick, creator of the North-eastern branch of the Manchester City Supports’ Club, for stepping in despite huge pressure of […]

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Soapbox on Everton: crash, bang, wallop go Sunderland’s hopes

For anyone who needs to know what went wrong last night, the search ends with this quite superb account by Pete Sixsmith, which Monsieur Salut humbly commends to a certain Mr O’Neill, of how Everton were able to make such light work of Sunderland and end, in disheartening style, our Wembley hopes … (more…)

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That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Donald Stewart’s Madrox group is now on the brink […]

Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

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, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

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It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]

Come what may, can Sunderland go up?

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  Whoever turns out to be Sunderland’s next manager will soon – and let us hope it is soon as […]

Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

Ken Gambles: 'would a Gooner rhyme my surname with stumbles?'

One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may […]