Archive | April, 2012

Winners from the other side: Swansea, Arsenal and Newcastle shortlisted

  Jake's take'

… and so are Wolves, QPR, Liverpool, Man City, Boro and Stoke. As I was saying somewhere else on these pages, Salut! Sunderland seems to be giving rather more than Sunderland AFC just now. Read on for news of a lot more, thanks to our friends at and When Saturday Comes … (more…)

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Cardiff beaten, Leeds next. Sunderland’s champion women make winning seem easy

Photo courtesy of the Sunderland Women's Football Club*

Remember the time when the men could be expected to go out and do the business? Not that long ago. Now, they are under heavy pressure – largely of their own making – to finish the season with a belated flourish, at Craven Cottage on Sunday and at home to the confirmed or would-be champions […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: all square versus Bolton as Wigan run riot

This was another game that we might have expected to win. Since the MON revolution got off to such a fantastic start, the reality of the squad’s capabilities is maybe beginning to show. In recent weeks we have had to settle for draws against sides we fans thought should be beatable and the hopes of […]

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Martin’s Musings on Bolton draw: outmuscled early, a sloppy slog later

MON's men on the up

Martin O’Neill knows this was another disappointing display against opposition we should be capable of beating. Change must be very firmly in his mind … (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 2 Bolton Wanderers 2. Excellent goals, no glory

This was so typical of the poorer parts of the season: easy surrender of possession, sloppy defending and a failure to build on or even protect a lead. Fortunately Sunderland also broke the April duck with two well-taken goals by Nicklas Bendtner and James McClean to make sure we at least were not defeated. But […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s Week: what Sixer told Bolton

Jake asks: can we get back to scoring and winning form?

Couldn’t in the end be bothered with another look at the Coventry relegation. Let us just savour Pete Sixsimith’s responses to the Bolton fan site Burnden Aces*. If you want to see what else we have been up to, just visit the home page and indulge in some easy navigation … (more…)

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Some week: rain, rain, Chelsea and Bilbao

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Right, between sorting out laptop and mobile phone nightmares, I found some of Pete Sixsmith’s magical words waiting to be posted. This is a no-frills, Poundland sort of edit … (more…)

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Sunderland play Bolton Wanderers: who will win the ‘Guess the Score’ mug?

Guess the Score

This modest competition has been blamed for everything from the extreme right’s rise in French politics to Sunderland’s goal-free April. (more…)

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The SAFC v Bolton Who are You?: (2) ‘my special night at Villa’

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No sooner had ”Bob” supplied his answers for the Bolton Wanderers ”Who are You?” than our old friend Howard Page – doubtless fired by events at Villa Park – overcame pressure of work and did likewise. Salut! Sunderland policy is straightforward: if a supporter takes the trouble to answer our questions, we ensure the effort […]

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The SAFC v Bolton Who are You?: ‘we could become another Portsmouth’

a reminder of recent times

They’re a cagey lot over and down a bit in Bolton. We’re hoping for a double on Saturday; they already have one. Just as before the game at the Reebok, we have a great set of replies – and a request for anonymity that survived even the euphoria of a mightily important win at Villa […]

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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

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 […]