Archive | September, 2014

Keir’s Player Ratings: hail Ricky Alvarez, ‘my new star after Swansea game’

Is the club in more dire straits having to find money for nothing?

Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell got it the neck here when plonking a 10/10 on Jozy Altidore after the low-scoring American produced a 20-goals-a-season strike against Stoke City. I detected irony but Keir, busy preparing for his 14th birthday tomorrow, hasn’t let on. Happy birthday, old man. Your ratings will never please everyone but nor […]

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Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: the elephant in the room

Jake: 'gimme a goal'

Of the Salut! Sunderland editing team, one started the day in Spain, one was heading for Kendal (though he had been to Saturday’s goalless draw with Swansea), one is in Spain, one was working out a route to the Presqu’île du Gaou and the other was probably beating his own jogging record in Richmond Park […]

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Pure Poyetry: no goals but a bright performance against the Swans

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

Malcolm Dawson writes….it wasn’t a bad day. The match was OK for a nil-nil. Afterwards, Pete Sixsmith, Doug and my sister and I all went off to The Davy Lamp Folk Club at Washington for an excellent evening of Bob Fox (currently appearing in “Warhorse”) and what’s more Shildon beat Stalybridge in the F.A. Cup […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0 Swansea 0. So much better, so little punch

Jake bemoans our finishing and comes to Rangel's aid: 'Never a red card & our  strikers couldn't hit a cow's bum with a banjo'

Pete Sixsmith saw a vastly improved Sunderland performance, another clean sheet for Vito Mannone but no goals and therefore yet another draw. As this was a game many supporters feared would end in disappointment of a harsher kind, that is a perhaps some way short of disaster. Except, as Sixer’s instant seven-word verdict makes clear, […]

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40 minutes to go: a final rallying cry

Jake's appeal

Ready to Go is the name of Sunderland’s indispensable fans’ forum, as you all know. It also the theme chosen by our ace illustrator Jake for a final call to arms before the match at home to Swansea, kicking off very soon indeed. As Jake says, we need three points. Our usual Guess the Score […]

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It’s The Hope They Couldn’t Stand: that elusive Kevin Ball epic

Nic Wiseman

Our own Nic Wiseman, who has been helping out on editing for a few months, was co-editor of one of those fanzines that deserved to prosper but didn’t. Salut! Sunderland reproduced highlights in a half-decent series, but one key item was missing – a piece about Kevin Ball that initially had the man himself feeling […]

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SAFC vs Swansea ‘Who are You?’: missing Cardiff, recalling mascot misery and bliss

  Jake's take'

Games against Swansea City have invariably produced classic editions of ‘Who are You?’ and this, I feel, is another. Max Hicks*, Swansea-supporting ESPN writer (yes, that’s where I found him; we’re sort of colleagues there), has two great anecdotes from his day as a Swansea mascot, wishes he’d been around to see Ivor Allchurch, quite […]

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Sixer’s Stoke City Soapbox: Wembley dreaming over ’til the New Year

Jake: took your time to post this image
M Salut: didn't have the stomach for it

Malcolm Dawson writes….the atmosphere on the journey home last night was decidely downbeat. Pete Sixsmith was fuming at what he saw as another inept performance whilst I adopted the taciturn approach which I always seem to do having witnessed yet another disappointing result at the Stadium of Light. At least I didn’t have to get […]

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SAFC v Swansea City Guess the Score: can we bounce back?

Jake: get stuck in for a brighter start, Lads

Possibly out of sequence as we await Pete Sixsmith’s magisterial analysis of SAFC vs Stoke. But the weekend is approaching, I’ve a lot on – paid-for work – so let’s get cracking with Guess the Score … (more…)

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Keir’s Player Ratings after Stoke setback: super Jozy, calamity Costel

Jake: took your time to post this image
M Salut: didn't have the stomach for it

Apologies to Keir Bradwell, who was very prompt in submitting his man-by-man assessment of Sunderland’s performance against Stoke, who dumped us unceremoniously out of the league cup as if last seasons Wembley run never happened. Gremlins got at the site last night and again this morning. They seem now to have retreated, but only a […]

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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

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

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

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

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 […]