Archive | December, 2014

Sixer’s New Year resolutions: no laughing at Jozy, mocking Middlesbrough, expecting trophies

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

The ink is barely dry on Pete Sixsmith‘s heartfelt adieu to Alan Pardew – http://salutsunderland.com/2014/12/by-god-the-butlers-scarpered-fond-farewell-newcastles-monsieur-par-dieu/ – and now he comes along with some New Year’s resolutions. Almost simultaneously, Rob Hutchison – master of the one-word player ratings – offered with his succinct verdict on Sunderland’s 2014″ ‘Eventful,’ adding a few more words: ‘Can’t really remember […]

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McCormick’s Craic: the half term report says Sunderland must do better

Jake: 'but will this work for us?'

  John McCormick writes: I’m beginning this on December 29, the day after we’ve drawn against Villa in our 19th game of the season. With match reports from Villa (er, whatever happened to Bob Chapman’s?), then a game on New Year’s Day, then a cup match, the site will be busy with posts for the next […]

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Keir’s Aston Villa player ratings. Not impressed

Jake says you are now entering a goal free zone

Nic Wiseman writes: Young Keir Bradwell has obviously been feasting on bah humbugs as he penned these ratings and most players seem to enrage him on Sunday’s performance. Do you agree with him, please let us know: Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sunderland: Player Ratings Pantilimon – 7 A quiet, assured game from our number […]

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By God, the butler’s scarpered. Fond farewell, Newcastle’s Monsieur Par Dieu

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

Pete Sixsmith was attached to Pardew his butler, and the butler seemed contended enough with life in Shildon’s posh bit, Busty Bank. But Palace gold talks loudly and the butler – he may seem ungoldly but his name derives from the French Par Dieu (by God) – is off back down south, gratefully detaching himself […]

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Manchester City v SAFC Who are You?: ‘we have striker problems too!’

Jake wants answers ...

Everyone is getting in on the Who are You? act. Football’s greatest ‘from the other side’ interview – yes, we would say that – has been conducted by deputy editor Malcolm Dawson and associate editor John McCormick in recent weeks. And now Sixer finds Tony Morehead*, lifelong Man City fan, to preview the New Year’s […]

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Manchester City vs SAFC Guess the Score: cricket score or awayday shocker?

Jake: 'if Burnley can rattle them ...'

No one guessed SAFC 1-3 Hull. Plenty among us saw the potential for a traditional flop immediately following a derby win, but the common Guess the Score practice is to be, or appear, positive. Drummer was chuffed to win the Aston Villa competition but would probably have gone happily without his prize mug in return […]

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A year in Sixer’s Sunderland life – Newcastle, Southampton, Old Trafford and all

Jake, like Sixer, goes back a long way

Pete Sixsmith has been following Sunderland for 50+ years. Sometimes, a single season seems like 50 years. Rarely, but not so much so as to be unheard of, one half of a game can get close, too (step forward SAFC v Hull City). Here are his highs and lows of 2014, plus a hope or […]

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Hutch’s Patch: the weak and tepid, strong and tigerish at Aston Villa

Jake: 'at least it wasn't 8-0, Rob'

First let M Salut, just back from a few days in France, salute deputy editor Malcolm Dawson and associate editor John McCormick, nobly assisted by Pete Sixsmith and Jake, for manfully keeping the ship of Salut! Sunderland afloat over Christmas. I wish I could now salute a couple of superb post-derby performances lifting us to […]

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Pure Poyetry: Gus’s well worn record from Villa Park

Jake says you are now entering a goal free zone

Malcolm Dawson writes…..More of the same from Gus today in his e-mail to M Salut and the rest of the world. It’s another case of cut and paste as the pundits were proved right for once. “This game has 0-0 written all over it” they said and that’s how it finished up. That’s five points […]

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Sixer’s Sevens from Villa Park: another draw for the nil all specialists

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This is the spot where you can find Pete Sixsmith’s (or an asterisked sub’s) seven word summation of the latest game. Sunderland had chances. Villa had chances. In the end it was all rather predictable. Dec 28 Aston Villa (0) 0 SAFC (0) *Just couldn’t break down 10 man Villa Dec 26 SAFC (1) 1 […]

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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

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  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 […]