Archive | March, 2012

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

MON's men on the up

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 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

MON's men on the up

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

Jake as Tony Roffe's caption writer

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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Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

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

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

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 […]

SAFC vs PNE Guess the Score: the Coleman factor and keeping faith

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Monsieur Salut writes: here’s another Guess the Score. Pete Sixsmith may or may not enter but is already fearful of […]