Archive | June, 2013

Birflatt Boy: end the Mignolet love-in. He’s Liverpool’s now, our history

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

As Birflatt Boy would have it, both Pete Sixsmith and Monsieur Salut have been guilty of wilfully wishing Simon Mignolet well. But is it right that the Sunderland Echo quoted him as saying once he learned of Liverpool’s interest, he set his heart on leaving? Zero mention, we learn at the Blackcats list, ‘of being […]

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Saint or sinner: the PDC revolution through Jake’s eyes

They say you want a revolution. Well all right - as illustrated by Jake

He kept us up. Anyone who achieved that, given the state we were in under the man we desperately wanted to succeed, deserves credit. At a guess, I’d say PDC has by now won over most supporters of Sunderland. I have been slagged off for raising my own reservations about his appointment and I have […]

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Salut! Sunderland gets ready to sort the winners from the losers

Philosophy Don't panic

The milestone has been and gone. But you have a last chance this weekend to try for a prize in the grand Two Million hits competition … the deadline in midnight (UK time) tomorrow, June 30 … (more…)

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Is lack of inspiring transfer activity a real concern?

Designging a post-MoN banner is going to be tricky. Jake has opened talks

The older you get, the less bothered you are if a dozen top-class signings haven’t been made by the second week of Wimbledon. Jack Butler, a new guest contributor*, helpfully fills in some of the detail of news on which Salut! Sunderland has so far had little to say: the arrival of, or reported deals […]

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Adieu Mignolet, now of Liverpool. Sess and Catts to follow him out of the door?

Jake takes inspiration from the revolution

Salut! Sunderland is famously cautious about transfer speculation. Sometimes, there is no need for caution and absolutely no need to wait for the club’s traditional dawdle towards making a proper announcement. With Simon Mignolet, the writing was on the wall from the moment the season finished, if not earlier, and we felt perfectly able to […]

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The History Programme: (2) Oxford United face Stokoe’s champions, including Gary Rowell


For the second of his reflections on matchday programmes, from half a century of watching the Lads, Pete Sixsmith chooses a good day and season to be a supporter: victory over modest opposition in a championship-winning season and the debut of one Gary Rowell … (more…)

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As Salut! Sunderland hits two million, Kevin Maguire talks hope and passion

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Welcome to Salut! Sunderland en fête, on the day – or, at worst, the day before – it finally clocks up its two millionth visit. Cast your eyes to the right where you find the heading “The Salut! Sunderland Readership Count” and you will see the little figure beneath it. Fewer than 900 further visits […]

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How Dare We? Palace 1 – Watford 0: SuperKev and Justice at Wembley

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?'

When Sir Kevin put that penalty away to give Palace a foothold in the promised land I found myself wondering if justice was being done. I know Sixer isn’t impressed by Palace, according to his post earlier this month, and I can see where he’s coming from but I don’t think Watford, sited inside the […]

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Invest in Africa, Liverpool fan urges Sunderland supporters

French Riviera vs London

Monsieur Salut to younger daughter, Nathalie: ‘One day, lass, all of this will be yours.’ Two snags: Salut! Sunderland would bring her no riches, only grief, and she’s not really a Sunderland supporter anyway. But daughterly duty gives SAFC soft spot status and she’s paid her dues standing or sitting at our games from Roker […]

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What FTM is really Short for

An example of ALS's FTM merchandise*

In honour of Ellis Short, who has taken to wearing an FTM pin badge he tried to buy at the A Love Supreme shop but ended up being given free, we invited readers to hazard a guess at what the initials might stand for if not Follow the Mackems or, more likely, F*** the Mags. […]

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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, […]