Archive | July, 2015

Bournemouth and Watford; Norwich and Leicester. What about Aston Villa? And what about us?

There’s a week to go, more or less, to the big kick-off so it’s time to revisit our dodgy numbers relegation stakes. 6,373 votes were cast in our poll, with Bournemouth and Watford being consistently clear favourites for the drop since the early days: (more…)

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Hutch’s one word ratings: new boys only bright spots at Doncaster

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Malcolm Dawson writes…he’s back. Our man of few words with his summation of last night’s players’ performances. Rob Hutchison was at the Keepmoat and as equally unimpressed as Pete Sixsmith whose report you can read here. The plan is that Rob’s marks and one word ratings will appear after every Sunderland game he attends in […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: gloomy outlook after Doncaster display

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Malcolm Dawson writes…I was tied up until 5.00pm but considered making the trip to South Yorkshire until first hand reports of hold ups on the A19 and A1(M) and the prospect of my Wednesday fix of real ale and pub trivia made my mind up for me. By the sound of it I made a […]

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Dick’s Doncaster Advochaat: every silver lining has a cloud!

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Malcolm Dawson writes…what do we want from pre-season friendlies? Well I would like to see some indication that the team has an idea as to how it’s going to play, the manager has an idea who his starting XI is and that we supporters can derive at least some satisfaction from the performances and some […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: done over by Doncaster!

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Pete Sixsmith had already seen the first team pre-season when they came from behind to beat Evostik Premier League side Darlington at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland. Having decided to not to make the trip to the U.S.A. and Canada here was his second opportunity to see how the Lads were progressing in their build up […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Mandron hits two more in Boston, Lens prepares Doncaster debut

Jake: 'There's more than one team that play in red and white in Sixer's life ...'

Pete Sixsmith isn’t envious of those who followed Sunderland’s pre-season tour, Ha’way Out West. After all, he’s had his share of exotic travel, too, rounding it all off with the Doncaster first-team friendly tonight … The first team went to California and Ontario; the Development Squad had to make do with Consett and Boston – […]

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George Pitcher: the Geordie a Tunisian waiter learned to call ‘Sunderland’

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Last December, we reported the death of an electronic friend, a fellow-Sunderland supporter known from the Blackcats e-mail forum for both his allegiance to our club and his sharp wit. George Pitcher‘s widow, Kathy, now feels able to share a little more about the life of the Newcastle-born, Sunderland-mad man she loved – the ‘red […]

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Bravo Sunderland Lasses and Salut! Sunderland Lads on two table-topping performances

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Jake’s Ales What a difference a day makes On Saturday, with Monsieur Salut grappling with the aftermath of a house flooded – twice – by an overflowing water tank and the wait for Martin Bates’s post-Toronto report growing ever longer, nothing new was posted to Salut Sunderland. (more…)

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Sunderland out West: the sweetest hangover I just can’t get over

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..we were expecting a match report sometime on Thursday but time differences being what they are, not much before late evening UK time. Our Canadian contact Martin Bates, another of our new SAFC NASA buddies, had promised to deliver but in the end the first words came from our old marra Bill Taylor. […]

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Taylor Made on Sunderland in Toronto: a worrying postscript with Leicester looming

Lesley: 'hang on, Bill, which way are Sunderland meant to be kicking?'

What a pity that pigeon post from such remote parts of Canada as Toronto has become so unreliable. Bill Taylor, who lives in that city and attended Sunderland’s game the other night, reckons the poor things tend to get shot down over Newfoundland. If Martin Bates’s long-promised dispatch avoids those guns and reaches Salut! Sunderland […]

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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 […]

Sunderland vs Rochdale prize Guess the Score. Keep Henderson quiet, Lads

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Hail the return of Guess the Score in prize format – Monsieur Salut is in a slightly better mood this […]

View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home […]

Sixer’s Burton Soapbox: a bitter defeat at the home of The Brewers

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I spent the weekend catching up some of my old muckers from the East Midlands, two of whom […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland ailing at Burton Albion

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Pete Sixsmith was looking forward to the weekend, not just because of the prospect of a decent game but also […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes: I wondered how Pete Sixsmith would approach this one, given that it’s less than a year since […]