Archive | April, 2013

Nearly as bad as Newcastle but was Villa nightmare a wretched one-off?

Another Tony Roffe/Jake collaboration: but do you need to be born in its shadow to support SAFC?

If anyone detected a nervous tone in my report on how the French sports newspaper L’Equipe covered Newcastle’s hiding by Liverpool, they were right. I claim no great powers of foresight but while, as ever, hoping for a win and convincing myself Sunderland were capable of playing well, I had the nagging fear of a […]

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Paolo’s Pow-Wow from Aston Villa: Unacceptable!

Jake: Were the press against him form the start?

No excuses from PDC in his personal e-mail to M Salut. Now it’s time to reflect, put right what went wrong and gee the team up for Stoke next week. I’ve a feeling that there will be some extra hours at the training ground this week but the manager insists that there are good things […]

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Sixers Sevens: Aston Villa 6 SAFC 1: Paulo’s boys punished by resurgent Villa

Jake gives Sixer star billing

…The mood going into this game was positive and after the last two victories there was justified cause for optimism. This was to be our Champions League Final, the three points ensuring another year of Premiership football. As Sunderland fans we should know better than to get over excited and tonight showed why. This is […]

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Crosstalk: hanging on every PDC word, assuring Aston Villa it’s Wigan for drop

Some of those who listened to the latest Salut! Sunderland podcast will recognise Matt Turvey, from the Aston Villa Life site, as the Villan roped in to join the chat ahead of tonight’s important game. This is the conversation that followed when Matt turned the tables and interviewed our own Stephen Goldsmith, the man (with […]

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French Fancies: how L’Equipe saw Liverpool’s demolition of Newcastle

Jake: l'artist

Salut! Sunderland is, of course, a gloat-free zone. We recognise that no mature Newcastle United supporter ever mocked Sunderland after the 7-1 defeat at Everton, 7-2 at Chelsea or indeed 5-1 at St James’ Park. So, not least in the knowledge that bad results lie ahead for us as well as them given the nature […]

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Salut Sunderland’s Relegation Ready Reckoner

On a Friday, while the boss watches “Gardner’s world”, I usually plug into the Salut podcast and browse the SAFC world in general. But recently I’ve been keeping my spreadsheet skills up to date by practising inserting formulas so I thought I’d share this with you. It turned out to be a bit fiddly as […]

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Aston Villa v Sunderland Who are You?: ‘two Martin O’Neills, two Bents’

This is without doubt a big one for both clubs. Villa seriously need a win, we can pretty much secure survival and aim for a storming finish if only the right Sunderland can turn up. We’re fortunate to have a thoroughly level-headed Villa Park view from Kevin Hughes*, Monsieur Salut’s fellow-contributor at ESPN, with fascinating […]

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Salut! Podcast: We talk a little Everton & Sunderland at Aston Villa. Easy, right?

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 Well aren’t we a happy bunch? Two wins against the two sides we normally fail to beat has given everyone a huge lift…. Is perhaps the understatement of the year! In all seriousness, it can be easy to forget that we’re involved in a relegation battle, writes Stephen Goldsmith. But let’s just put the Cherry […]

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How dare we? Suarez, Rodgers and the surreal Planet Liverpool

Jake's stars in our eyes - and up some noses!

Another bit of impudent posturing in our occasional series of daring to intrude on the private grief of others … No Liverpool supporter or official has yet, so far as I am aware, suggested that Luis Suarez’s strange habits with his teeth confirm not a weakness for all manner of foul play, or an interest […]

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Charlie Hurley in lights as you guess the Aston Villa-SAFC score

Coming our way soon: SAFC as encapsulated by Jake.

Just before we get on to the business of inviting score predictions for the monumental game at Villa Park on Monday, there’s a spot of housekeeping to announce. (more…)

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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

Jake's back - and so are  Charlton

Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

Margaret Byrne

Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]