Archive | May, 2015

Sunderland Season Reviews: in conclusion, hope eternal and thoughts of Harry Hood

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

John McCormick writes: while we don’t know what the future will bring, although we know it won’t be orange, we do know what the past was like. It was like the season before, and the season before that. You know what I mean, a typical Sunderland season in which we beat the Mags, had a brush […]

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End of Season reviews: sunshine on a rainy day

Jake: 'thanks to all have shared their thoughts in this feature'

Once again, a series of Salut! Sunderland end of season reviews has inspired our writers to show remarkable powers of analysis, foresight and wit. Pete Sixsmith opened the series, with his brief jottings for The Observer, and will close it with his broader, post-Advocaat view. For the penultimate instalment, our deputy editor Malcolm Dawson cries […]

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The Salut! Sunderland End of Season Reviews: the story so far

Jake: 'thanks to all have shared their thoughts in this feature'

Even before the announcement that Dick Advocaat would not be staying at Sunderland, the End of Season Review series had produced some exceptional reads. As already indicated, no more contributions can be considered. The series will end with the assessments of our deputy editor, Malcolm Dawson, followed by our home-and-way sage, Pete Sixsmith. (more…)

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The Robson Report: in Short we could do with another Advocaat

Jake: 'thanks to all have shared their thoughts in this feature'

The whole Salut! Sunderland team owes our old mate Jeremy Robson a huge apology. He was one of the first out of the blocks to submit an end of season review (you can read the rest by following the link below Jake’s image) but somehow it got lost in the ether. Putting things right, here […]

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HAWAY awards: (1) Newcastle United (2) Everton & Stoke City. Burnley runners-up

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

So the HAWAYS are over for another season. Our judging panel has had its say and, heaven forbid, a Mag has emerged in first place with Everton and Stoke City supporters – the latter our former manager Denis Smith – in joint second. A Burnley fan collects the editor’s special award, having come fourth. (more…)

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Salut! Sunderland’s HAWAY awards: Newcastle’s trophy means Mike Ashley can sell

Jake: 'with thanks to all opposing fans who participate'

Slightly earlier than expected, Salut! Sunderland can announce the final verdicts of our judges in the annual Haways – awarded to the supporters of other clubs deemed to have given the best Who are you? interviews of the season just ended. And amid much gnashing of teeth and general anguish, the judges – Sunderland fans […]

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Salut! Sunderland bids a grateful farewell to Dick Advocaat

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Pete Sixmsith offers an appreciative, heartfelt and understanding adieu to our departing saviour. Even after just nine games in charge, Dick Advocaat will be a hard one to follow … Since I started writing for Salut! Sunderland I have written valedictory pieces for Roy Keane, Ricky Sbragia, Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo di Canio and […]

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Season reviews: bring on the cricket but build on Advocaat’s example

Michael Robinson, who quietly but regularly comments on items at Salut Sunderland!, broke cover when winning one the last pair of Guess the Score prize mugs, describing SAFC’s unlikely links with his home town of Corbridge. The series will conclude with the reviews of our deputy editor, Malcolm Dawson, and star chronicler, Pete Sixsmith. No […]

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HAWAY awards: shortlist cut to Aston Villa, Burnley, Everton, Newcastle and Stoke

Jake: 'with thanks to all opposing fans who participate'

Salut! Sunderland is very close to announcing the 2015 winners of our annual Haway awards – in other words, fans of other clubs who contributed Highly Articulate Who are You? interviews to our regular pre-match feature. The shortlist supplied to our judges – see it here – has been whittled down from 13 to five. […]

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Guess the Score: late Chelsea & SAFC winners, Steve Bruce midwifery issue

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Just to tidy things a little, let Salut! Sunderland record the last pair of Guess the Score winners of the season, with thanks as ever to our Weardale-based, Mackem-owned sponsors, Personalised Football Gifts. Mike Thomas, a Chelsea supporter, correctly predicted the Blues would exploit tired legs, burst our survival bubble and win 3-1. “I wish […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]