Archive | May, 2014

McCormick’s Craic: sing when we’re winning (and losing and drawing)

no slide rule needed

With thanks to Mackftm at YouTube for this gem My local paper in France runs a French-language version of the lyrics of John Lennon’s Imagine, changed to reflect Jonny Wilkinion’s career-concluding match, donning the red and black of Toulon for the last time in combat for the French championship final at the Stade de France […]

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Brazil 2014: vote for the second team of your choice

'Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith.' Click on the cartoon to read Monsieur Salut's tale of woe

Right, this is a semi-serious attempt to reach a World Cup decision. We naturally wish England especially well, or most of us do, and it would indeed be marvellous to see Roy Hodgson lead Jordan and Co to as advanced a stage of the tournament as possible up to and including the final. (more…)

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Brazil 2014: the rights and wrongs of Giaccherini’s omission from Italy squad

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

This is one of those occasional guest posts from outsiders, in this case resulting from a collaboration with Superserp.com. It started out as a “will Giaccherini make the squad?” piece but that idea was scuppered by the announcement from Italy that made clear he had not made it. But was Cesare Prandelli right to overlook […]

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Sixer Says: oh for Derby or Wigan and not QPR

Can we keep the faith?

One grain of pure white snow, Bert Jansch wrote in his classic song about drug addiction, Needle of Death. It hasn’t yet become quite that bad at Sixsmith Towers. Pete Sixsmith still has a few sporting outlets to get him through the early summer and there is the World Cup to, er, look forward to. […]

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Gus Poyet’s new contract: delight first, then relief and qualified hope

what did he say?'

Delight seemed as good a first response as any to news that Gus Poyet had signed a new contract, flattening all the speculation about being lured away to low-rent clubs in east London or on the south coast. It keeps him, theoretically, at Sunderland until 2016 which translates as two seasons to do what no […]

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And the HAWAY winner is Raich Carter, Hull fan with Sunderland name

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

This, then, was the winner. You have had another chance to savour the interviews with our second and third-placed “Who are You?” interviewees, supporters of Manchester United and Norwich City, and also the recipient of the editor’s special award, Kidderminister Harriers’ Scott Jones. Here, though, is the deserving Number One, Raich Carter, son of the […]

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The Salut! Sunderland HAWAY awards: Kidderminster shock the big boys

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Scott Jones* correctly predicted that the team he follows home and away, Kidderminster Harriers, would lose by a single goal at Sunderland in the FA Cup 4th round. It was a creditable performance, by the team and our own Pete Sixsmith rated their supporters to be the best to visit the Stadium of Light all […]

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Brazil 2014: a top reason for wishing Algeria well, but who else?

Algerio indeed

From my French-Algerian electronic friend in Paris, Fahim Medjadji, come congratulations to “sonder land” on you know what and a look at the new Algeria World Cup top he is marketing. I think it is excellent enough to warrant adding Algeria to my list of potential countries to support in Brazil. (more…)

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Manchester United grab second place, but only in Salut! Sunderland’s HAWAY awards

Tony Roffe's photo: Jake's adaptation

Second place in Salut! Sunderland’s incomparable Haway awards – the Highly Articulate Who are You?s – was taken by a Manchester United supporter, Pete Molyneux*. How United would have thanked you for second place in the Premier League or, indeed, any other competition last season. Come to think of it, they did manage it, second-placed […]

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Better team: Derby. Better day out: Wigan. But welcome back QPR

Jake makes Steve's day

Even a QPR-supporting friend thought his team was lucky. ‘Smash and grab,’ he wrote. ‘Someone should go to jail for that.’ Our own John McCormick, Liverpool-based, rued the loss of a grand day out (Wigan). Not sure anyone was too bothered about Brighton. But QPR won it and are back in the Premier. Monsieur Salut […]

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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 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

Kathryn Townsley

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