Archive | August, 2015

Adieu Liverpool. Now Fabio Borini’s officially ours

Jake knows how to capture Fabio at his best

From the splendidly named Oscar Chamberlain at comes official confirmation of the not too well-kept secret. Fabio Borini is a Sunderland player again, and this time he’s ours rather than someone else’s on loan. Read what we – and you – had to say about it earlier at (more…)

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Liverpool’s Fabio Borini: we have finally got our man. A good idea?

Fabio Borini - boom? Or bust?

Stop Press: deal done – see new posting Reports of Fabio Borini’s proposed return to Sunderland have a stronger look today than they ever did when a whole summer seemed to be wasted trying to bring back a player whose heart lay elsewhere. When the Sunderland Echo says a player is attending the academy for […]

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Chapman Reports from Aston Villa as Sixer acclaims Lizzie Jones at Wembley

Bob Chapman seems to have had the sort of awayday Monsieur Salut most enjoys (except when there’s the cherry on the cake of a win to make it even better): pre-match pints with John Marshall and the Woods brothers, Mick and Gerard, followed by Sunderland goals to cheer and at least the avoidance of defeat […]

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Rob’s one word Villa summary: Point taken

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

John McCormick writes: I thought a becoming-good (bar one) midfield won us a point yesterday but I didn’t see it live and I didn’t see the full game. I’ll have to wait, therefore, for more considered opinions before I have the full picture. Here’s the first of them, from Rob Hutchison who, as usual, needs […]

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Dick’s post Villa Advochaat: happy with a point after losing control

Jake: 'WE WERE Jake: 'WINNING! (for almost three minutes). Good point though'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..we don’t have a great record in recent times against Villa so a point is welcome even if it does mean we go back to the bottom of the table – thanks to Stoke City shooting themselves in their metaphorical feet, against their former cult hero manager Tony Pulis. But for the second […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 2 SAFC 2. Ever so slowly getting better

Jake: 'WE WERE Jake: 'WINNING! (for almost three minutes). Good point though'

With Pete Sixmsith at Wembley for Rugby League, it was a day for one of those seven-word verdict preceded by an asterisk, indicating a supersub. Our old pal Bob Chapman may provide one from Villa Park but Monsieur Salut’s contingency offering shows this was a hard-won point. M’Vila’s Larssonesque free kick gave Sunderland a great […]

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Sixer Says: a hearty Salut! Sunderland welcome to Ola Toivonen

Sixer keeping cool

At this stage of the window it is always a bit suspect treating reports on transfers as gospel. We are getting to that stage where both buying and selling clubs are plying the art of brinkmanship. Selling clubs are hoping that potential purchasers may pay over the odds, whilst those in the market for certain […]

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Unanswered questions about Advocaat’s future squad as Sunderland face Aston Villa

SAFC NASA: you know it makes sense

For no really good reason, except that it’s Friday and no one ever seems to write for these pages on Fridays, let’s give another well-deserved boost to the excellent lads and lasses of the SAFC Supporters’ Association branch in North America – SAFC NASA for short. Just before we get onto transfer talk, the photo […]

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Aston Villa vs Sunderland Who are You?: ‘a tenner on finishing 10th’

The Cup FInal

Welcome back, Stuart Jinks*. Jinksy, as some will remember, is a past winner – first prize no less – of what we now call the HAWAYs – Highly Articulate Who Are You? awards. That was back in 2012 and we thought it would be a good idea to invite him to have another bash. Sharp […]

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Aston Villa vs Sunderland: Guess the Score, Guess the Bigger Club

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Villa fans swimming to these shores must forgive what they would see as the impertinence of the headline – both sets of fans know precisely which is the bigger club*, though the conclusions they reach may well differ – and look forward to the return of Jinksy. Stuart Jinks, to give him a real name, […]

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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 […]