Archive | October, 2015

Tomorrow Everton. Today, probably the best article you’ll ever read about Sunderland

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Salut! Sunderland settled back for another quietly inactive Saturday, the lull before tomorrow’s Goodison storm. So why, suddenly, were people coming to the site? We have ‘HarrogateMackem’ to thank, for drawing renewed attention at Ready To Go’s Pure Football forum. SAFC fans who are otherwise rarely seen here flocked to the link and have posted […]

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Winning Sunderland, whining Newcastle and winsome Everton

Jake: 'Sam on the road and Sixer too...'

When not watching clips of Coloccini barging into Fletch and maybe getting the wrong colour of card, Pete Sixsmith has been purring about the 3-0 win against Newcastle and hallucinating about a Geordie Nation campaign to force a replay. Six-in-a-row has that effect. But can we make it three-in-a-row, three successive wins at Goodison? It’s […]

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Everton v Sunderland ‘Who are You?’: a Middlesbrough connection adds spice

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Last season, Hannah Myers was one of Salut! Sunderland‘s Everton ‘Who are You?’ interviewees and came second in the annual HAWAY (Highly Articulate Who are You) awards. So we’ve been back to the Myers household and pressganged her old man, Sam Myers*, into the hot seat. Doubtless in years to come, young Oscar will be […]

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Everton v Sunderland Guess the Score: can we build on derby joy?

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

The past is another country. A week is a long time in politics/love.football. And all the other cliches you can think of to cover the fact that one win on Sunday October 25 is all well and good, but only if we can keep the green shoots sprouting. It is time to Guess the Score […]

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Six in a row, and I was there

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I had a ticket well in time but had to keep travel arrangements flexible right up to the weekend, which meant the car rather than the train, and a trip on my own on Saturday afternoon. After watching Forest Green see off Margate I headed north, pressing the search button on the radio to pick […]

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Warm post-Newcastle glow resists defeat to Manchester United Under 21s

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Monsieur Salut writes: on Friday I found myself at a London event sitting next to one of the world’s least likely Newcastle United fans, Marwan J Al Sarkal, chief executive officer of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Sharjah, as every schoolboy should know, being next door to Dubai and one of the the seven […]

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SIXer’s post Newcastle Soapbox: Wonga boys lose interest at the SoL

Jake: 'six-in-a-row bliss'

Malcolm Dawson writes……one of the things that struck me about yesterday’s game was how similar the pre and post match experience was to any other game. OK the excitement, anticipation and nerves on the way to the ground were heightened and the euphoria, relief and general feel good factor on the way back to the […]

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SA’s Essay: Big Sam on beating the Mags

Jake: 'six-in-a-row bliss'

Malcolm Dawson writes….a solitary magpie landed on the roof of the bungalow next to where Pete Six(in a row)smith and I parked up before today’s game. “One for sorrow” I thought and that’s exactly what Steve McClaren sounded full of in his post match interview. Unlike Big Sam whose boys gave us something to shout […]

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Hutch’s Patch: one-word verdicts on SAFC after beating Newcastle United

Jake: 'six-in-a-row bliss'

Rob Hutchison is as happy as the rest of us but also realistic: “Never have we played so poorly and won 3-0. Took our chances mind you. Now who’s for the Magnificent Seven? (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 3-0 Newcastle United. The joy of six in a row

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Monsieur Salut writes: after an opening 40 minutes of worryingly inept football, Sunderland sprang into life to beat Newcastle 3-0 and keep the run going. Jermain Defoe’s introduction when injury left Ola Toivonen unable to continue made the difference. Suddenly, in first-half stoppage time, his pass of Premier League – one of few Sunderland mustered […]

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That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Donald Stewarts’ 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

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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 […]