Archive | August, 2012

Predictions League: Swansea, Sunderland, Newcastle, Villa, Wigan, Stoke – how will they fare?

Stephen Goldsmith writes: at the time of writing, I had no human e-mail response from Luke this week. As there was some sort of automated nonsense with the word ‘vacation’ in it, I’m guessing he may be on holiday so hasn’t read my initial one to reply to … (more…)

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Swansea City v SAFC: ‘think Sess, think Eden Hazard’ (a Swans view)

Peter Thomas was our Swansea City ‘Who are You?’ interviewee – click here – and has a Swans-themed blog Pierre91 in a Day. He offered this preview of tomorrow’s game, when SAFC will be trying their hardest to stop the buoyant home team improving on a start that reads P2 W2 D0 L0 F8 A0 […]

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Voice of America: Sessegnon contract extension underlines Sunderland ambition

Jake flew the flag for Robert Simmons in 2012

Robert Simmons chips in the from the other side of the pond with his own thoughts on the news that Stéphane Sessegnon is going nowhere … (more…)

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Salut!’s Predictions League: Chelsea beating Newcastle, QPR’s draw at Norwich, force movement

Tony Roffe, Jake and a magnificent bridge combine for art's sake

Stephen Goldsmith made a rod for his own back when he devised a Predictions League. Bright idea but these things have a habit of needing to be maintained. He’ll learn. In the meantime, here’s how last weekend’s three selected games affected the table … (more…)

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Sessegnon stays. Knighthood for Martin O’Neill?

This is the news so many of us have been waiting for. But how many dreaded the next announcement about Stéphane Sessegnon would be altogether different? Whatever it took, from pay rises and cuddles to first-class Eurostar tickets, Martin O’Neill has persuaded Sess to stay. A contract extension keeps him at the club, or massively […]

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Guess the score at Swansea and win a life-changing prize

Guess the Score

No winner on Tuesday night so here we go again with Guess the Score. Be the first to post the correct scoreline here – NB before kickoff – and win a Martin O’Neill mug. OK, the headline has been reported to Lord Justice Leveson as wholly misleading. The prize will change the winner’s life only […]

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The Swansea City v Sunderland Who are You?: ‘we’re having a ball’

  Jake's take'

Observant readers will recall the excellent report, from a Swansea viewpoint, of last season’s 2-0 win for Sunderland against his team. The writer was Peter Thomas* and the piece was reproduced from his site Pierre91 in a Day. So it seemed natural to invite him into the “Who are You?” chair ahead of our visit […]

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Morecambe Soapbox: banana skin avoided, now on from Shrimps to Swans

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

Pete Sixsmith reports from our satisfactory win over Morecambe and discusses Martin O’Neill’s options for the trip to freescoring Swansea on Saturday … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings on beating Morecambe: ‘some really lovely football’

Jake's imagination

A comfortable victory in the Capital One Cup left Martin O’Neill in good spirits as he gathered his thoughts for the post-match e-mail sent exclusively to Salut! Sunderland (and a few thousand others) … (more…)

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Memo to Joey Barton: remember how scores are settled in Marseille

This started out as a contribution to Salut! Sunderland‘s new presence on the FC Network corner of the ESPN site. Click here to see what has already appeared. A few hours passed without the piece appearing and Joey Barton himself then let it be known the loan deal with Marseille was now unlikely to go […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

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 […]

The Chapman Report from QPR: Out Demons Out deserves a Sunderland verse

Jake: 'don't put us through hoops, Lads'

A harsh reader would say Bob Chapman brings it on himself. A drive up from the Home Counties for the […]