Archive | February, 2014

Five cup final upsets that give Sunderland hope vs Manchester City

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Every so often, we get the sniff of beer money for the wonderful fellow Sunderland supporters who toil cheerfully at the Salut! Sunderland coalface to produce artciels and images out of the goodness of their hearts. This is such an occasion and Monsieur Salut reckons it’s the turn of Goldy and Gareth, the podcast wizards, […]

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WEMBERLEEEE: Sixer’s Sunderland team to beat Manchester City

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John McCormick writes: Dennis Tueart was on local TV today, with a clip of his 1976 League Cup Final goal against Newcastle (and I have to say he looked a lot older and he’s lost weight), but that’s all I’ve seen about the final. Maybe both Manchester teams not doing well in Europe has muted […]

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Podcast! Live from The Isis!

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Well, it’s finally here. I’ll keep this brief because I’m sure there have been so many words written and spoken about our impending glory/dismay. We got together at the The Isis pub in Sunderland for our second live edition of Wise Men Say. You could tell there was that air of nervous tension about the […]

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Sunderland vs Manchester City prize Guess the Score: the tension mounts

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

We went early with Guess the Score and have already had a good few entries. Check the replies at and see which scorelines remain available. I’d prefer you to leave your predictions there but will regard any here as eligible provided they are the first to nominate a particular result. Read on for a […]

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From our archives, four years ago today: Wembley Countdown, Colin remembers

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John McCormick writes:  in 2014 M Salut began a series called “Countdown to Wembley”. Although the date stamp above says 27th Feb the piece below was actually something he wrote on 27th January, just four short years ago. How many managers since? How many trials and tribulations since?  But along with the grief we managed […]

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Countdown to Wembley: Poyet ‘mistaken about our cup and league priorities’

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Peter Lynn – Wrinkly Pete on his own description – was there in 1973 and will be there again on Sunday. Here, he takes issue with Gus Poyet’s comment that winning a cup seemed more important to Sunderland fans than staying up. Tongue in cheek, Pete also calculates how we might have left Arsenal with […]

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Wembley Countdown: in the USA, one in five says Sunderland will win

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According to a straw poll at the US football site Across the Pond – it follows English football, not the quite different American sport – between one in four and one in five readers believes Sunderland will beat Manchester City in the League Cup final. I put that down to my influence. The percentage was […]

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Manchester City Who are You?: ‘1973 memories make hairs stand on end’

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A warm welcome back to these pages to Simon Curtis*, an exile in Portugal who still manages to get to numerous City games. His visit here in late 2012 won second prize in the annual ‘Who are You?’ awards, one judge – Jeremy Robson – hailing ‘the finest Who Are You? article which has ever […]

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Countdown to Wembley: not daring to dream

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

Still they keep coming. Eric Sweeney has not written for Salut! Sunderland for some time but, like so many others, has been spurred into action by the heartwarming Wembley run (s), Gus Poyet’s battling leadership and that familiar enemy – hope … (more…)

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Countdown to Wembley: proud of the noblest of striped shirts

Jake: 'any chance of tickets for March 2 and May 17?'

Guess the League Cup final score – and win a shirt like this: Here’s one I made earlier. My little gig at ESPN means that I am writing for a global audience. Many Americans read me because of Jozy Altidore – and get very protective of him – and South Koreans because of Ki. […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]