Archive | April, 2014

Guess the Score: can we save our season at Manchester United?

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

The answer to the question posed in the headline, logically, is No. Sunderland have done brilliantly in the league cup and in recent Premier League games. We all hope and hope again that Saturday might bring at least one point and maybe three. (more…)

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Manchester United vs Sunderland ‘Who are You?’: (1) the Ta Ra Fergie man

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Colin Randall writes: Pete Molyneux** is a Manchester United fan with form. Cast your minds back to 1989. Pete was fed up. Now we think we know all about Being Fed Up. It has a different meaning among United fans – they’d lost a home game, for heaven’s sake – but Pete felt it all […]

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Keir’s Player Ratings: Cardiff’s Bluebirds put to the sword

Jake hints at the question and provides his answer

Salut’s correspondent between schoolwork, Keir Bradwell, assesses our latest win (not a combination of words we’ve been able to use recently) against relegation rivals, Cardiff…           (more…)

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Last chance for the bumper England bundle

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Let me remind everyone that this competition has a deadline of midnight tomorrow, April 30. See details below of how to enter. It’s a dead easy World Cup question and the winner, chosen from correct answers at random, will receive a selection of England-related goodies from the JD Sports England people, to be found at […]

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Thanks SuperKev: Southampton, Blackpool, Crystal Palace, WBA and Birmingham may agree

Jake's salute to SuperKev. If only...

Pete Sixsmith pays tribute to Kevin Phillips and that, loyal readers and any visitors from SuperKev’s pre and post-SAFC stop-off places, is all that is needed by way of introduction. Apologies to Leicester, Watford, Aston Villa and Baldock Town – ran out of headline room … (more…)

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Cardiff fans can blame it all on this Sunderland T-shirt


This, as I may have been heard saying elsewhere, is nothing special as a T-shirt. It is old, a bit faded and not even in red and white colours. It repeats the name of the fanzine A Love Supreme, from which I bought it ages ago, and bears ALS’s name in white lettering on a […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox on the drubbing of Cardiff: keep calm and carry on


Not often this season has Pete Sixsmith had so much cause to smile, let alone contemplate drinking perfumed tea from a Meissen cup. Cardiff at home was such an occasion, if without the porcelain. No better time could have been chosen for a thumping, morale-boosting, point-winning display. With nearly 46,000 in the ground, Monsieur Salut […]

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Pure Poyetry: incredible fans see ten man Cardiff demolished

How Jake captured the heartening outcome of the last Sunderland-Cardiff City game

Malcolm Dawson writes….I should’ve been there but prior commitments meant that I had to be in Lytham St Annes by 3.30. Going to the ground was not an option. Watching at home would have been pushing it as it takes me 2 hours 15 minutes to drive there. So I left at 9.30 and got […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 4 Cardiff City 0. Acclaim a job done in style

How Jake captured the heartening outcome of the last Sunderland-Cardiff City game

Monsieur Salut writes: we fretted all week, tried all means of bolstering our own confidence, worried as usual about Sunderland’s habit of shooting self in foot – but kept believing. With good reason. An emphatic win lifts the Lads out of the bottom three, an achievement considered all but impossible less than two weeks ago. […]

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The Cardiff crunch: let April end kindly for Sunderland

Jake: 'this time last season he gave us hope'

Vincent Tan has made something of a name for himself in South Wales, getting rid of a popular manager and showing contempt for such outdated notions as football tradition and the wishes of lifelong fans. Now he stands between us and the h*** of salvation. Ha’way the Lads and Ha’way Pete Sixsmith – see something […]

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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 […]