Archive | May, 2012

Henderson, Liverpool and England: isn’t it possible Roy Hodgson knows better?

Jake: 'why not, with so many players with SAFC connections in Russia?'

The Daily Mail football writer Matt Lawton began his report on Jordan Henderson’s call-up to the England squad for Euro 2012 with these words: (more…)

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Dying Magpie caption competition brings parting sorrow and winning joy


Salut! Sunderland is pleased that Titus Bramble has been cleared of sexual assault. He was utterly wrong to be out on the toot after the debacle at Carrow Road but was punished by the club for that and it is right that we should record today’s Not Guilty verdicts in passing. However, Monsieur Salut – […]

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Money matters: belt-tightening at Sunderland, rocky at Villa, steady at Stoke

Jake catches MON thinking of strikers

Pete Sixsmith gets perilously close to causing another internal spat at Salut! Sunderland with passing thoughts on the waffle, rumour and lies that pass for football transfer news at this time of the year. But first he examines the annual Conn report on the good, bad and ugly of Premier League finances … (more…)

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Sixer’s Sentiments: Joey Barton, Premier League withdrawal symptoms and Super League allure

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Pete Sixsmith has been back at the chalk face, enriching young lives and earning the means to enable him to attend Premier League games again next season. Or will he forsake round footballs for the squashed variety? Ask him at the wrong moment, when he’s just been thinking about Joey Barton or recapturing his Rugby […]

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Coldplay to la corrida, Futureheads to flamingos


And at least I can claim two of the four subjects have Sunderland connections … It is not every week that combines a world supergroup in full rehearsal for a gig at the Stadium of Light; a Spanish matador taking on six bulls in one session (not all at once, of course – that would […]

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A Sunderland footballing odyssey from Gateshead to Southport

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Crikey! John McCormick has turned writing for Salut! Sunderland into the craft of jigsaw creator, or perhaps more like that of the inventor of snakes and ladders. Discussing ups and downs that have followed the exclusion from the Football League of Gateshead 52 years ago, always looking out for SAFC links, he weaves an intricate […]

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Now’s the time to sharpen your writing skills and brighten these pages

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It was a tiring season. Being any supporter of Sunderland was, at times, exhausting enough. Being Pete Sixsmith, determined to get to every game even if it meant watching a joke team selection at Brighton and truly awful performances at many Premier grounds, was a test of any fan’s commitment and stamina. (more…)

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Corrie’s Sunderland connections. Sorry, lads, they don’t include Michelle Keegan

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Glenda Young, who runs a highly successful blog about the world’s longest running TV soap is also Sunderland-daft, passionate about the city and the club. And she is a friend of Salut! Sunderland’s; we were happy to help out when she came looking for contributions to the history of Wearside connections with the series, though […]

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Sunderland Review of the Season: (4) a mixed start to O’Neill era

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This season, Monsieur Salut has decided not to offer his own end-of-season report. Not because he felt so demotivated at the end of it, though he did, but because it is not really fair to make such an appraisal on too few games attended and the rest followed by a combination of consistently admirable coverage […]

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Magpies, Mackems and mugs: another flyer hits the dust

Rob, from Proper Music, helpfully added the, er, prop

M Salut is heading along the road to join a 45,000-strong crowd watching Coldplay warm up for the SoL with a concert in Nice. While he’s away at the gig, you can come up with a prize-winning gag … What is it with magpies and Kent? Perhaps some less ornitholologically challenged reader of Salut! Sunderland […]

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Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Soapbox: not enough to pass the test but A for effort

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..there were plenty of positives to take from last night’s game, both on and off the field. Off […]

Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Seven: out but not disgraced

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Pete Sixsmith was not to be found in the matchday (matchnight?) programme for the League Cup game against the Owls. […]

Sunderland vs Scunthorpe United prize Guess the Score: more goals for Maja?

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

The congestion of this week and next – with games tonight, Sunday and next Wednesday – means there’ll be an […]

Scunthorpe United Who are You? Magical Beagrie, woeful refs, Sunderland revival prospects

Jake: 'you need a long memory'

Monsieur Salut writes: this edition of Who are You? appears out of sequence, with a league cup game to be […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (in the League Cup): Sheffield Wednesday

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote about Sheffield Wednesday last season, as you no doubt remember. Today he makes a brief […]

Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]