Archive | November, 2012

Norwich City v Sunderland: a chance for redemption? Guess the score anyway

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

Sunderland supporters once again approach a match with apprehension instead of a buzz of excitement. (more…)

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O’Neill is no longer resuscitating Bruce’s Sunderland: midfield is dead on arrival

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

Stephen Goldsmith writes: I refuse to get too carried away with all the doom and gloom just yet – as tempting as that may be! You certainly won’t be hearing me shout for a change in management amid all this poor show of form. The national media are particularly mystified as to why the Sunderland […]

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Norwich v SAFC ‘Who are You?’: Wembley-bound with dog collar and prayers

Salut! Sunderland has cornered the market in football-supporting clerics. Last season we had the thoughts of the Rev Leo Osborn, then in his year as the Methodist equivalent of the Archbishop of Canterbury, ahead of a game against his beloved Aston Villa, and the Rev Alan Comfort, Boro-supporting footballer turned vicar. The Very Rev Christopher […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland are the new QPR – quite poor really!

Peter Sixsmith has been watching Sunderland since the days of Cec Irwin and Ambrose Fogarty. In that time he has witnessed some dross and he now adds Tuesday’s visit of the Premier League’s bottom side to that collection. Much of the pre match speculation was about the effect Harry Redknapp would have on the game […]

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Martin’s Musings: small talk on SAFC’s failure to beat QPR

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Don’t worry, we’ll win 3-1. That was one pre-match thought. In the event, they – QPR – won 0-0. Awful result for Sunderland and Martin O’Neill‘s e-mail looks shorter than usual. There’s no elaborate attempt to present it in any better light. Just the customary assertion that another “big game” looms. Oh dear … (more…)

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Chelsea: still not properly sorry, still a disgrace

Jake brightens up the site again

Victimhood has set in at Stamford Bridge. After acting despicably last week, dismissing a manager months into a reign that had yielded unexpected glory and refusing to apologise for the appalling slur on Mark Clattenburg’s reputation, the club is clinging to its bogus high ground. (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 QPR 0. ‘Dull as ditchwater’, just not good enough

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

For once it seems wise to leave proper comment to Pete Sixsmith. He was there, Monsieur Salut was not. Good as Barnes and Bennett are on BBC Radio Newcastle, radio commentary is no substitute for seeing the game in the stadium. Pete’s three-word verdict can be seen above. His seven-word verdict, quoted below woth heavy […]

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Sunderland v QPR: can O’Neill block the ‘Arry effect? Guess the score

Almost forgot. It is a big game tonight, says Martin O’Neill, at the same time denying those tweeted claims that he had offered his resignation after the West Brom defeat. Sadly, when you’ve won only twice and it’s almost December, every match is big. In the short time left before the match gets under way, […]

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Sunderland v QPR Who are You?: ‘keep the faith. We’d have MoN’

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As Pete Sixsmith said, another Saturday, another Sunderland defeat (he actually wrote ‘another Sunday’, as in another Sunday to have to write about losing). So let us put WBA behind us and move on in hope. Is it to be a case of ‘Arry arriving at just at the wrong time for us or will […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: costly errors as West Brom boing boing back to the Black Country

Malcolm Dawson writes….: There are times when I question the logic of spending good money going to football. Yes there are times when the team puts in a performance that lifts the heart, when a close game or a dramatic fightback creates a tension that gets the pulse racing, when a back to the wall […]

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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

Promotion at first attempt!

  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, […]