Archive | July, 2013

The good, the bad and the ugly – Sunderland’s foreign bodies (part one the good)

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With the summer influx of foreign players into the club, it is easy to assume that we have exciting times ahead, watching a team full of talent from all corners of the globe. Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson has seen it all before, albeit not in such numbers. He recalls some of the overseas imports from […]

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If stop-start Sunderland streams enrage you, lend an ear to this option

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After Monsieur Salut began this discussion of a pressing problem for many expats (ie those in countries without comprehensive TV coverage of the Premier League live), Sunderland AFC announced a free-for-all option, offering live radio commentary and retrospective video highlights, which you can read about at this link: http://salutsunderland.com/2013/08/video-kills-the-radio-subs-and-other-top-fan-friendly-sunderland-gestures/ … Margaret Byrne, the Sunderland AFC […]

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Hong Kong diary: (4) singing in the rain, in the bars and in the street

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 In the fourth and final part of his Hong Kong Diary, Paul Goldsmith peers  back through the miasma of alcohol and working girls to bring us up to date on the adventures of a Sunderland fan in that perfumed harbour which is Hong Kong. First of all, I’d like to apologise for the delay in […]

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Sixer’s post Man City Soapbox: green shoots of optimism poke through Hong Kong mudbath

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With Peter (have Railcard will travel) Sixsmith off on one of his public transport jollies, travelling across country and national borders to witness lowly Annan Athletic defeat the might of Greenock Morton in the Ramsdens Trophy, it falls to deputy editor Malcolm Dawson to get up off the subs’ bench, take off his tracksuit and […]

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Le Parole di Paolo: fantastic fans see Di Canio philosophy in City defeat

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Seen from afar on a small screen it is still obvious that PDC wants his team to work hard, close down the opposition and play positive football. We may only have had a couple of chances and, as Spurs fans were quick to remind us, it was only a pre-season game but there is surely […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0 Manchester City 1 – City edge Sunderland in pre-season workout

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With Peter Sixsmith off to Bonnie Scotland for a Ramsden’s Cup game, it falls to Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson to get off the subs’ bench and give us his seven word verdict on the final of the Hong Kong based Barclay’s Asia Trophy. (more…)

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Hong Kong diary: (3) getting on famously with Man City, but where’s Tottenham?

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Paul Goldsmith continues his fascinating diary for Salut! Sunderland from the fleshpots and drinking dens – sorry, museums and art galleries – of Hong Kong. A pre-season visit by Sunderland AFC for the Barclays Asia Trophy (“meaningless” say Spurs fans, now) allowed him to mix with fellow fans, friendly opposing supporters (one lot at least), […]

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The post-Tottenham Soapbox: Trevor Francis’s Hong Kong phooey, PDC’s progress

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Spurs fans came here in numbers, and also butted in at Monsieur Salut!s ESPN pages, to dismiss the result as a function of Sunderland fielding their best side – they haven’t heard the name Steven Fletcher – against a bunch of under-9s. Were they as weakened as the SAFC team that nearly snatched a point […]

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Le Parole di Paolo: beating Tottenham barely a start, satisfaction within reach

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A new title and a new-look Sunderland team are the orders of the day as Paolo Di Canio‘s first full season of post-match verdicts, as delivered in his over-so-exclusive e-mail to Monsieur Salut (and maybe tens of thousands of others), approaches. Thrilled with the performance that brought 3-1 victory over Spurs, PDC points out that […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Trevor Francis 0

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So the new season, or the bit before it starts, carried on as the old one ended, with a game against Spurs. There, the similarities faded to nothing. We must not get carried away but the 3-1 win – after dignified defeat in last season’s final game in which our frailties were nevertheless there to […]

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SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

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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 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

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