Archive | April, 2015

Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings after Newcastle beaten again

We probably need a psychiatrist to decipher Keir Bradwell‘s comment on Connor Wickham. Otherwise his marks go pretty much as you’d expect, with plaudits all round and special mention for an “all right goal”. Newcastle’s star man? Monsieur Salut! is tempted to say Tim Krul for his spontaneous act of sportsmanship, patting Defoe on the […]

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Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 0. Two unsung winners: Billy Jones, Bill Cowell

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Yes, everyone will remember Jermain Defoe’s goal-of-the-season contender. Tim Krul will especially remember it, having been rubbished by an infantile lynch mob led by Jamie Carragher for his sportsmanlike gesture of congratulation in the tunnel at half time. But spare some thoughts, too, for Billy Jones and William Cowell. (more…)

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Sixer’s Newcastle United Soapbox: Roker Roar revived by five in a row

Pete Sixsmith witnesses a good, solid performance with more than a hint of Dick Advocaat’s ‘win ugly’ strategy but also a goal of the utmost quality. This was the sort of display that will, if maintained, keep the crowd on the players’ side and secure the necessary points before those dreaded final trips to the […]

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Advochaat: three points and a baby

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John McCormick writes: It was a special day. At about half three I was in the Liverpool Women’s hospital, holding my new-born granddaughter. “It’s been a good weekend,” I said to Peter, my Blackburn-season-ticket-holding-son-in-law. “Yes”, he said. “Before Leeds I said all we needed was three points and a baby”. “Three points and a baby. […]

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Hutch’s Patch: Larsson the star as Sunderland making beating Newcastle a habit

Sixer has had the first of his says – – and Monsieur Salut has done the balancing act tequired at ESPNC ( But if we are honest, it all comes down to the result – what three points mean to our prospects of survival and what doing it five in a row against Newcastle […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 0. Defoe makes Adam looks ordinary

Jake: 'nowt wrong with route one'

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith is not often purring these days. After the stupendous strike by Jermain Defoe in the last moment of the first half, an unstoppable volley from 25 yards to make Charlie Adam look frankly commonplace, he was a happy lad. Well, happyish. ‘Lovely goal? Wasn’t it just? But now we need […]

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Sunderland versus Newcastle: last words before the fray

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

There’s been plenty to keep us busy in the build-up to Sunday’s derby. The framed photographs you see are the alternative prizes offered to Sunderland and Newcastle supporters entering the Guess the Score competition at (more…)

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Sunderland vs Newcastle ‘Who are you?’: not quite ready to forgive Colback

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

The French Connection strikes again. Monsieur Salut is no more French than Lee Cattermole but has a French wife and city-in-law and spends a lot of time in France. Now our associate editor John McCormick turns out to have a half-French nephew, Anthony Petit*. Despite the name, Tony probably isn’t little at all; he certainly […]

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Sunderland vs Newcastle: (2) stars to make Wear and Tyne flow together

Jake: 'but will this work for us?'

Monsieur Salut writes: I have checked the origins of this news item and it may well have come from S Bruce of Hull, or J Colback of Killingworth, in either case embarking on a new career as an informed Salut! Sunderland newshound. On further inspection, it must be from one of our own … (more…)

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Roll up Mackems and Mags for the Sunderland-Newcastle Guess the Score

Jake: 'Gizza ticket!'

Well we all know Fletch won’t score three unless the Mags put out Gibraltar’s un-Rocklike defence. But could he or Jermain Defoe or Connor Wickham or, indeed, Danny Graham or Duncan Watmore get the goal that wins the latest edition of the Wear-Tyne derby? No Sunderland supporter truly cares where a winner might come from. […]

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Sunderland vs Portsmouth Who are You? ‘We should be runaway favourites by now’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Peter Allen is my very good pal and partner-in-crime (if that’s the right way to describe our […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth: a question of points no longer in our hands

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Even as I wrote last week that we would remain masters of our destiny and go up automatically provided we […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Peterborough make their point against Sunderland

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John McCormick is editing this in Liverpool, where one of the clubs could win the Champions League, not to mention […]

Sixer’s Peterborough sevens. Bitterly disappointing

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Is there another twist to come? With only two or three games left time is not on our side, and […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth ‘Who are You?’: a buildup that began in December

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THIS interview, from just before our 3-1 defeat at Fratton Park in December, was among many items lost when the […]

Jim Baxter: Dave Parnaby’s Appreciation

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Pete Sixsmith provides the introduction to today’s guest: Dave Parnaby is a Kelloe lad who started following Sunderland in the […]

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