Archive | February, 2013

Fantasy football: could Mignolet storm lead to a Leveson inquiry on agents?

Image: addick-tedKevin I know. I’m just dreaming. But each time my own trade, the one Lord Justice Leveson looked at and found wanting, is trashed, I think of another one that I think may be even more deserving of opprobrium. It is human nature when facing sustained attack, rational and irrational, to look for someone […]

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SAFC v Fulham ‘Who are You?’: forget prawn sandwiches, give us sushi and wine

Jake's so far away in Spain, that the chances are he'll have to opt for square

Con Kondonis* is an Aussie, resident in the UK for 10 years or so, and an adopted but keen supporter of Fulham, our opponents at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. He has little time for cricket, loved Fulham’s European adventures, urges players to stop behaving like a bunch of softies, misses Danny Murphy, couldn’t […]

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Salut Reflections: envying Man City and Swansea as Sunderland settle for passion

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

I read with some amusement all the patronising tweets that flew in the direction of the Bradford fans and players in the aftermath of the mauling they received from Swansea in the Capital whatsitsname Cup final on Sunday, says Stephen Goldsmith. I didn’t feel sorry for them, they earned their place there and deserved to […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Roker erupts as Hughes and Halom rip Manchester City apart

Salut Sunderland:
keeping the faith

We missed out on Reading and Notts County for the simple reason that the idea didn’t dawn until the 40th anniversaries of those games from the 1973 FA Cup run had passed. So we began this series at Maine Road and will continue it until May 5, the date of the Stokoe-Porterfield-Montgomery (and everyone else) […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 3 Manchester City 1 – best match seen at Roker Park?

More from the magic camera of Jake's pal, Tony Roffe reminding us just what the Cup really means

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. That, in this 40th anniversary year, includes the latter stages of the FA Cup run that ended woith triumph over Leeds United at Wembley. Pete can do so from the privileged position of being old mature enough to have […]

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At Huddersfield/Hull as at West Brom/SAFC, police score same own goals

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

Twenty+ years after a pertinent observation – by a Sunderland supporter – was quoted in a book on football, 30+ after the quoted words were uttered, John McCormick is moved to ask: “Coincidence and cops: 30 years on, what’s new?” … (more…)

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Sunderland 2 Everton 2: under 21s, our new giant included, surrender lead

Kader Mangane as Jake sees him

Pete Sixsmith has a big night ahead. He’ll be at Roker Park tomorrow for the FA Cup fifth round replay against Manchester City. That, at any rate, is the dream, one that goes back to 1973. Come back to see his report of one of the best games seen at the old ground. For now, […]

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French Fancies: Beckham’s PSG flick and Toure’s sensational Brest dive

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

A booming burst of Hey Jude, the familiar broad Essex smile and a clever flicked pass to helped Ménez set up the second Paris Saint-Germain goal, off the knee of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, otherwise poor to the extent of being whistled at by his own fans, are on French lips today. But David Beckham’s debut for […]

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Sixer’s WBA Soapbox: Headingley to the Hawthorns. Hailing Swansea and Bradford

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

Pete Sixsmith did not mention the Capital One cup final in his report on another awayday disappointment, in fact not one but – for him – two in one weekend. Firstly, he had no reason to; secondly, the Wembley match had not even kicked off when Pete submitted his typically observant and entertaining Soapbox. But […]

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Martin’s Musings on WBA 2 SAFC 1: ‘we should have done better’

Monsieur Salut was driving home through the Burgundy snow but manager Martin O’Neill was still able to send him his immediate post match personal e-mail. A tale of two penalties, bizarre bounces and missed opportunities. (more…)

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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, […]