Archive | March, 2015

Sunderland vs Newcastle: (1) most important derby since the one before last

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

The build-up to Wear-tyne and tyne-Wear derbies – says Monsieur Salut, pettily using lower case to diminish Jimmy Nail’s Big River (half-decent song, actually) – should start at least as early as the approach to any other game. This one is horribly important to us. Steven Fletcher boosted his confidence no end with his hat-trick […]

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Chance encounter with Wayne Entwistle as SuperKev destroyed Bury, sealing promotion

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

James Bentley is the author of an imminent book about one of the best seasons in the history of Bury, albeit one overshadowed, as he now explains, by grim events in British football. One of the stars of the Bury squad, jusrt 15 strong, was Wayne Etwistle, who made 53 starting appearances for Sunderland between […]

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Beware the ideas of March

no slide rule needed

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty as a citizen of the European Capital of Culture (2008) to bring enlightenment to the denizens of the runners up, Newcastle-Gateshead. You’re one of them, by the way. The Angel of the North is part […]

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Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland: why can’t our men be more like our women?

The 2014 Sunderland Ladies squad

With thanks to the Sunderland Ladies official site The question is posed the other way round by Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. “Women are irrational, that’s all there is to that,” he sings. “Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags! They’re nothing but exasperating, irritating, vacillating, calculating, agitating. Maddening and infuriating […]

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Do they mean us? Redknapp’s ‘worst team’ jibe, Adrian Durham’s ‘basket case’ club and more

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

It’s been open season on Sunderland. Harry Redknapp tells Alan Brazil on TalkSport we’re the worst team in the Premier League. Steven Fletcher gets it in the neck for posing with his brash new £260,000 Lamborghini parked next to his £160,000 Bentley in front of another brash possession, his house. And back at TalkSport, Adrian […]

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The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles: bringing more positivity to the SoL

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some of the giants of English football seen in his student days. Let Ken reacquaint older readers with – and introduce younger ones to – some of the players who gave him such pleasure without ever […]

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Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings: Wickham stars but West Ham snatch it

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

Monsieur Salut writes: whatever is to blame – school work, family obligations, a games console – Keir Bradwell has been quiet of late. Remember: he’s the one who does the Sunderland ratings at greater length than Rob Hutchison. Well, he’s back to entertain or irritate, according to taste; I feel he is hard on Fletcher, […]

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The Chapman Report from West Ham: disappointing finale but no one ‘walked’

not giving up

There seems consensus that Sunderland showed vast improvement at West Ham – they could hardly have been worse than a week before – but that the crowd saw two fairly poor teams, neither truly deserving to lose or, for that matter, win. Bob Chapman‘s ascent of Sixer’s Soapbox was a little more painful than usual […]

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Hutch’s Patch: One word player ratings from West Ham

We’ve just passed the equinox and Rob Hutchison sees signs of new life as spring officially arrives. We weren’t totally eclipsed today but although some see it as good news week, there is still a big cloud blackening the skies. Rob gives his one word verdict on today’s performance. Much improved, but you don’t get […]

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Advochaat: Players ended up barefoot at West Ham!

Malcolm Dawson writes the new manager effect almost got us a result but not quite. I have a feeling the same score might have occurred had Gus still been in charge but the tactics and line up a lot different. That we couldn’t hold on or even snatch a win was a shame but it […]

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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 […]

Come what may, can Sunderland go up?

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  Whoever turns out to be Sunderland’s next manager will soon – and let us hope it is soon as […]

Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

Ken Gambles: 'would a Gooner rhyme my surname with stumbles?'

One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may […]