Archive | December, 2012

Liverpool ‘Who are You?’: Anfield Wrap’s lowdown on Kenny, Rafa and ‘dreadful Hodgson’

Jake: 'Ha'way the Lads at Anfield - with or without beachball'

Happy new year to all Salut! Sunderland readers Just before Liverpool romped to victory at QPR, one of their fans, Colin Bundred, tweeted: “Devastated to see Henderson and Downing starting for us. How low has this once great club sunk?” Henderson helped his team to a three-goal lead before being subbed. But has he still […]

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Tottenham Soapbox: a lesson for galloping Gareth from another Welsh maestro

Jake want a repeat of the Boxing Day scoreline

If Pete Sixsmith was unimpressed by Gareth Bale’s latest attempt to prove that possession of towering skills brings an entitlement to dive, he wants cruel, unusual and inhuman punishments introduced for the sort of theatrics shown by Defoe. As for Bale, he’s big club flavour of the month so MOTD pundits naturally sided with him; […]

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McCormick’s Craic: spot the difference in the relegation dog fight

By Jake

Following on from Pete Sixsmith’s comments on the Guardian’s take on Premier League statistics, John McCormick decided to do his own piece of number crunching and what follows is the fruit of his labours. His piece was completed before the Hackers disrupted the site and before the Spurs game kicked off. Last season was the […]

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Martin’s Musings on SAFC v Tottenham Hotspur: we never gave up

Jake want a repeat of the Boxing Day scoreline

After two successive victories, Martin O’Neill had once again to find the positives in a home defeat in his personal e-mail to M Salut. With yet another re-shuffled defence, the ineligibility of Danny Rose saw Kilgallon who had played well at centre back being moved into the fullback spot, it may have been an easy […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2: Cats fail to hold on as Spurs fight back

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

After the attempts of the hackers to prevent you seeing Pete Sixsmith’s seven word assessment we are back up and running thanks to the techie wizards. Unfortunately there was a lack of wizardry on the pitch and despite taking a first half lead the Lads just couldn’t do enough to earn a point. Pete’s summation. […]

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Sixer’s Sentiments: pots, kettles, lies, damned lies and statistics

Jake keeps the post revolution Red Flag flying

With Year 8 otherwise occupied finishing off their selection boxes whilst playing on their i-pads, Pete Sixsmith has time to study the financial pages of The Guardian. Then, when he’s finished that he can study the latest in football statistics published in the sports section. It’s amazing what a couple of wins can do. Like […]

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SAFC v Tottenham: guess the score and why Spurs are like the Kinks

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

Guess the Score had become a bit of a chore. Week after week, loyal Sunderland fans would predict narrow or comfortable wins in the full knowledge that a somewhat different result was a lot more likely. (more…)

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Tottenham ‘Who are You?’: rare charmless morons – or have we hadron too many?

Jake want a repeat of the Boxing Day scoreline

Let’s move straight on from “job done” at Southampton and glory v City to a match that presents a mighty challenge to Sunderland’s resurgence. For the Tottenham Hotspur edition of “Who are You?”, we invited a regular contributor, John McCormick* to introduce his daughter’s erudite Spurs-supporting boyfriend. John writes: “When someone tells you he is […]

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Robson Report: Chelsea, now Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers, conjure managerial mayhem

Jake on the art of communication

A Forest fan on the radio expressed the hope that Roy Keane’s presence at the 4-2 defeat of Leeds did not mean he was about to be named manager. More rang in to register disgust at the treatment of Sean O’Driscoll. Meanwhile, Henning Berg’s reign at Ewood Park also ends, in his case after fiftysomething […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland 1 Man City 0 extra gifts on Boxing Day

Jake suspects that a challenge looms

Malcolm Dawson writes….The result at Southampton brought us some Christmas cheer but if truth be told I wasn’t full of optimism (when am I you may well ask) as I took my seat before the Boxing Day game. After all we were facing a quality team whilst our boys had been misfiring all season long, […]

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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 Donald Stewart’s Madrox group is now on the brink […]

Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

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, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

Kathryn Townsley

It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]