Archive | October, 2013

Hull City Guess the Score: is Father Marc seeking new papal miracle?

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Salut! Sunderland never had its star illustrator Jake down as the sort to believe in the power of prayer. But here he is imagining himself in the place of the Sunderland club chaplain, Father Marc Lyden-Smith, who seems to have had a spot of success in persuading Pope Francis to arrange some much-needed divine inspiration […]

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The switched Southampton game. When fans come last

Jake as Tony Roffe's caption writer

The dimmest pupil in geography classes could probably tell you Southampton to Sunderland is a fair old slog, a trip to be planned with care as far in advance as possible to keep costs down and bosses happy. The people who sit on the safety advisory group for Sunderland AFC – representatives from the club, […]

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Podcast! Newcastle beaten, but can we do the Geordie double over Bruce’s Hull?

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It was never in doubt, was it? Even when the team was announced and I sent lots of text messages to friends expressing my dismay and expecting a heavy defeat, it really was never in doubt, was it? It was nice to gather for a podcast on the back of a win and even sweeter […]

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Hull City Who are You?: ‘#notohulltigers, yes to Bruce, Elmo, Meyler, McShane’

Jake sets the scene

Welcome to another outstanding edition of ‘Who are You?’ as Sunderland prepare to visit Hull for the crucial follow-up to derby joy. This is a bit out of sequence given Hull’s return to Spurs tonight (league cup) but other commitments mean that can’t be helped. Ian Waterson,* editor of the Hull City fanzine City Independent […]

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McCormick’s Craic: bingo, bacon butties and beer before Borini sinks Newcastle

Jake: 'flying high (for once...')

John McCormick writes: Monday morning’s radio, on the drive home, said they were our first back to back derby wins since 1967. I’ll have been there then, so is it back to back wins for me too, only 46 years apart? Probably not, I must also have been at some of the drawn and lost […]

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The Lars Word: as the screaming subsides, beware the late-night Beretta

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In his first article here after a spell of stunned silence, Lars Knutsen reflects on a heady weekend and contrasts the styles of the successive head coaches … (more…)

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How Dare We? Hacked off with Newcastle’s squalid assault on free speech

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

Pity Wendy Taylor. When she left a perfectly good job and, I’m sure, decent colleagues at Newcastle airport to become head of communications for Newcastle United, she had high hopes of putting her public relations skill to effective use. “I am looking forward to working closely with all areas of the media; developing and strengthening […]

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The SAFC-Newcastle Soapbox: Poyet, the Pope and Pardew

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Pope Francis may have offered rather little in return for the Sunderland top the club chaplain Father Marc Lyden-Smith gave him at the Vatican, promising prayers for “all Premier League players to reach their potential”. The Lord, however, appears to have been more selective when considering a response that excluded the players of one club […]

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Sorry Newcastle but we milk such moments


Send it in. If you come up with something you feel commemorates an important and memorable moment in the history of Sunderland (six times top flight champions against their four, though we’ve yet to win the coveted Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), share it with us. (more…)

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Poyetry in Motion: beating Newcastle with ‘effort, tension, nerves and some enjoyment’

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

Gus Poyet does not like to be told, as he has been, that winning today was all that mattered to Sunderland. Happy as he is for the players and the fans, he wants a repeat performance and another win next weekend, at Hull. Today was a start; we need to build on it … (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

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, […]