Archive | October, 2014

Crystal Palace vs SAFC ‘Who are You?’: on recovering from Liverpool’s nine

Jake: get stuck in for a brighter start, Lads

The Eagles Beak* is a fine Crystal Palace fan site, not infallible on apostrophes as you can see but a place accommodating enough to allow Pete Sixsmith to ramble on about why he dislikes Palace. It was created and is edited by Jay Crame*, who joins us now for the latest edition of ‘Who are […]

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Crystal Palace vs Sunderland ‘Guess the Score’: redemption time?

Click the image to enter the SAFC vs Burton Albion prize Guess the Score. Dave has already been entered automatically

The rollover Guess the Score competition for Sunderland vs Arsenal was won by our resident harbinger of doom, Bill Cowell. The man will soon run out of space for all his prize mugs. Two more are on their way from Personalised Football Gifts, to be preceded or followed by a carefully packed box of After […]

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Cabral: curious case of CL player begging to ‘train with the kids’

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Cabral’s acquisition was one even Paolo Di Canio was thrilled by. A player of Champions League pedigree, he played well when given early spells of action but was abruptly dropped. Then he may as well have disappeared from Wearside, never to return. Now, Gus Poyet has made some utterly mystifying comments of his own without […]

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McCormick’s Craic: no Bright Phoenix as Arsenal take the points

Jake says "It's gonna be a long hard season!"

Last Wednesday I went to the Everyman theatre to see Bright Phoenix, a play about a group of misfit kids who become misfit adults. With an Everyman play like that I didn’t know what to expect. Whatever I thought, it wasn’t what I got … (more…)

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Sunderland’s Lasses soak up the glory

Jake says "Ha'way The Lasses"!

Never let anyone tell you women’s football lacks the passion of the men’s game. Just take a look at the stream of messages and photographs at Twitter and elsewhere marking the fabulous achievement of SAFC Ladies in taking the Women’s Super League 2 title at the first attempt, having previously and unpardonably been excluded when […]

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Another view of SAFC vs Arsenal: a defence of Buckley

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

Monsieur Salut says: it is said few people witnessing the same event, be it a car crash or a football game, see it quite the same way. For the definitive assessment, go to deputy editor Malcolm Dawson’s report. I felt Jack Rodwell, Seb Larsson and Adam Johnson had reasonable games – no more than that, […]

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Keir’s Player ratings: Rodwell, Johnson and PVA best of a poor bunch

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Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell‘s “after Len Shackleton” device for his ratings from Southampton – a blank page – divided opinion. This week normal business is restored. I would not quarrel with most of it, save that Larsson’s industry merited a high mark and Wickham was, in truth, no better served than Fletcher … (more…)

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Ha’way the Lasses: SAFC pride as female cats overcome lionesses

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Congratulations to SAFC Ladies who clinched the title and promotion with their 4-0 demolition of the Millwall Lionesses. * Check the Sunderland AFC Ladies website at http://www.sunderlandwfc.co.uk/ * Read skipper Claire Robinson’s reaction here.   Vote for Salut! Sunderland in the Football Blogging Awards: see http://salutsunderland.com/2014/09/football-blogging-awards-make-your-yes-vote-count-for-salut-sunderland/for details

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Arsenal take advantage of Black Cats’ ill luck

Jake says "It's gonna be a long hard season!"

Malcolm Dawson writes……..Peter Sixsmith is a frequent visitor to the National Stadium at Wembley. Usually it’s to watch a Rugby League game or a Northern League side in the FA Vase final. Once every twenty years or so he even gets to see Sunderland there. This season he dreams of another trip to see his […]

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Pure Poyetry after Arsenal: Sunderland so difficult to beat they’ll do it for you!

Jake: 'let's hope we can still trust in Gus'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..it’s part of the manager’s job to be upbeat and seek out the positives. He couldn’t quite do that last week but is back in the groove after two of the most schoolboyish of errors cost the team a point and bit more composure should have seen the Gunners punished for their own […]

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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

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