Archive | October, 2013

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

Jake: 'Monsieur Salut must be in a bad mood again - no prize this time'

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

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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’

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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

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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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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Shrewsbury Town, Gay Meadow and the New One

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John McCormick writes: I’ve walked past the Gay Meadow ground once or twice and I’ve driven past the New Meadow, […]

‘SAFC should walk this division.’ Shrewsbury Town ‘Who are You?’ (2)

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In the first part of a long interview with Glyn Price*, co-presenter of the Shrewsbury Town podcast Salopcast, we heard […]

Ha’way this Lad: Eric Keeler runs from sea to shining sea for Spinal Research

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Put aside thoughts about any other Keeler you may have heard of. Ours – that is to say, our fellow-Sunderland […]

Armchair Liverpool fans ‘can never feel our pride’. Shrewsbury Town Who are You? (1)

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Monsieur Salut writes: League One is proving a goldmine for Who are You? interviews. Glyn Price* maintains the standards set […]

Shrewsbury Town vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score. Keep up the momentum

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There is a hint of discontent at Salut! Sunderland, says Monsieur Salut. We’re broadly pleased at the process SAFC have […]

Sunderland AFC: embracing the sea change on the banks of the Wear

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Embracing the Sea Change at Sunderland. Two recent statements on the club website show just how things are changing on […]

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