Archive | June, 2012

Goldy’s Logic: young, gifted and England’s future

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Stephen Goldsmith refuses to be unduly gloomy about the state of the England national side but believes a more modern approach to coaching and training would raise standards of play at all ages … (more…)

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SAFC v Republic of Ireland: an unforgettable night with Niall, minus Keane

Beauty of Sunderland: Mrs Logic

In the latest edition of Gambles’ Rambles, our regular contributor Ken Gambles pondered the worthy title ‘a reflective narrative on the role of altruism in a capitalist hegemony’ before deciding: ‘Nah, just a memory of Quinny’s testimonial.’ Monsieur Salut remembers it, too, as the game for which he bought a ticket knowing he had no […]

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McCormick’s Craic: where was England’s flair?

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Spain stutters through to the final, France ponders the rights and wrongs of stripping surly players of their bonuses and, once again, the national side leaves a major competition, outplayed and outclassed. John McCormick, on furlough in Westmorland, reflects upon the words of his wife and asks “where’s the flair?”… (more…)

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James McClean, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: eligibility and divided sympathies

Jake says "McClean means brightness - don't you forget it!"

Image: NASA Goddard Monsieur Salut writes: it began, so far as Salut! Sunderland was concerned, as a straightforward defence of James McClean’s decision to make himself available for Republic of Ireland selection and not Northern Ireland. It provoked the longest and most animated discussion thread in months. As a gesture of goodwill, I have removed […]

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Au revoir Angleterre, goodbye France: Nasri’s parting shame, England’s limited game

Image: Gene Hunt Late news: big debate brewing in France on whether certain players – the suspects, by and large and overlooking the squad’s surly return to French soil, are identified below – should receive their €100,000-a-man bonuses for reaching the last eight … The first thing to say is that Euro 2012 seems to […]

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Man Utd, Celtic, Sunderland, Ipswich. Ireland next for Roy Keane?


While Andrew Flintoff questions Mike Atherton’s credentials as a television pundit Stephen Goldsmith sees a parallel in the terrestrial coverage of the Euros. With the exit of the Republic and plenty of their former players calling Trapattoni’s job security into question he also wonders if this is an ideal opportunity for our own mean and […]

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Euro 2012, rooting for Roy: ‘how wrong I was, even about England’

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If Pete Sixsmith only knew how few people would bother to stray here, he might not have delayed his departure for the Stadium of Light and Bruce Springsteen long enough to rattle off some thoughts on his developing fondness for the Euros. But I am glad he did … (more…)

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Mussolini, Lazio and Di Canio: getting Swindon players to run on time

Image: Oscar Federico Bodini Fascism is on the rise again in Europe as far-right parties take electoral advantage of widespread disillusion with mainstream politicans. Witness the skip-a-generation election of wicked old Jean-Marie Le Pen’s granddaughter, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen (just a rank, I know, but what an evocatively Pétainist name!) while his daughter demands a recount […]

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The Lars Word: the Bendtner enigma, Seb/Sess class, Croatian dream

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Salut! Sunderland is famous for the braininess of its, well, brainier writers – Monsieur Salut is excluded on account of his dunce-like schooldays – and is delighted to present another example. Lars Knutsen, like others familiar to this site, is a Mackem in exile, West Chester, Pennsylvania to be precise, and there he applies his […]

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Thierry Roland RIP: France loses a powerful voice of football

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Just a few days after I warmly recalled a memorable lunch with the veteran French football commentator Thierry Roland, I awoke today to news that he had died during the night at the age of 74. (more…)

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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 […]

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 […]