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?

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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’

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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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Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: Oh oh oh it’s Maja…….and a dozen or so others!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..on the walk back to the car yesterday, I saw a yellow legged gull scrapping for a discarded […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it […]

The First Time Ever I saw Your Team: Rochdale

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A couple of days ago I thought I’d got it wrong, writes John McCormick, and should be looking at trains […]

The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

Jesus saves: but did John tap in the rebound? Read on for the full story

Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up […]

Branch Lines: calling all SAFCSA branches. Don’t miss your connection

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For those Sunderland supporters who take the trouble to visit these pages regularly, it will come as no surprise that […]

Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]