Archive | October, 2012

SAFC v Aston Villa: a Villain from the teeth of Hurricane Sandy

Holland, right, with her friend Kelly Danfelt

Poor Holland Pintarch* had not only the hurricane battering her corner of Pennsylvania but, having risen heroically above it to be our Aston Villa candidate for “Who are You?” and answered all the questions in time, saw man-made problems wipe out the bulk of the interview. Apologies to those who followed the link and found […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Middlesbrough inflict capital (one) punishment

Malcolm Dawson writes: There were other things to do on Tuesday night. As storms lashed the Jersey shore, M Salut, celebrating a wedding anniversary, walked like a man to see The Jersey Boys. Reading v Arsenal’s 12-goal thriller was on the telly in The Kings Arms, Deptford where the pre match Timothy Taylors was in […]

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Martin’s Musings on an excruciating defeat: Middlesbrough’s ‘free spirit’ leaves SAFC ‘disappointed’

The only man for the job?

Disapppointed, it is fair to say, was a word heard often on Steve Bruce’s lips. It annoyed many supporters no end. And it somehow seems entirely the wrong response to this latest setback in the fortunes of Sunderland AFC, implying as it does that we would have progressed further in this uncommonly winnable of competitions […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Middlesbrough 1 – when will someone score?

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With M Salut having other duties and his deputy being at the game I (John Mac, that is) was left in charge of the shop. Radio 5 made only fleeting visits to Sunderland, Radio Newcastle doesn’t stream games on the net and the SAFC website was very reluctant to refresh. Fortunately, Pete Sixsmith has the […]

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Salut! Predictions League. Stoke, Sunderland stalemate and Newcastle flukey win over Baggies

Stephen Goldsmith writes: Seems like I was the big mover over the weekend; nudging the normally vocal Jake down a place due to the alphabetical technicality. Gerrin! Only myself and Jeremy decided that the two draw specialists of the league – us and Stoke – would erm… draw and I was actually the only person […]

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Wise words on Sunderland’s brand of football PLUS Middlesbrough ‘Guess the Score’

Guess the Score in Derby County vs SAFC. Click on Jake's image to enter. Derby fans welcome to have a go

Let us mix fun, competition and a sense or proportion. First, treat this as a Guess the Score posting: usual rules, as recently modified – if you are the first to predict the correct SAFC v Boro score at the end of normal plus any extra time, that is before a penalty shoot-out, you qualify […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: short, sharp matchday verdicts

It seemed a good moment to refresh this, the full list of seven-word verdicts on each Sunderland game by Pete Sixsmith, Salut! Sunderland‘s peerless chronicler and sage. They appear as soon after each final whistle as we can manage (which sometimes may not be as soon as we’d like), and should be seen here and […]

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SAFC v Middlesbrough ‘Who are You?’: (2) predicting another ‘unlucky’ Boro exit

Jake demands an improvement ...

For our second Boro ‘Who are You?’ – or would it be more accurate to say the second and third? – we turn to a great stalwart of amateur football, John Atkinson*, president of Shildon FC and a former player in the area, and his pal Eddie Airey**, Shildon to the core, both of whom […]

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SAFC v Middlesbrough ‘Who are You?’: (1) hailing Cloughie, Juninho, Julio

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What’s this? Another Monsieur Salut relative supporting the wrong North-eastern team? Well, the region is like that for a lot of families. Pete Chapman, one of my sister’s lads, was born and grew up in Middlesbrough so could hardly be blamed for his choice of club or, as he puts it himself, their choice of […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Stoke 0 Sunderland 0 – purgatory in the Potteries

Martin O’Neill and plenty of Sunderland fans came away from the Britannia Stadium happy with another point in the bag. After all Stoke can be a difficult team to play and apart from last season’s snowy encounter, the Potteries hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for The Black Cats in recent times. Pete Sixsmith’s growing […]

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Adieu Martin Bain

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Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it […]

SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut couldn’t be in Sunderland today but pieces together the bits he has gleaned about the confirmed purchase of […]

That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]