Archive | December, 2015

SAFC v Aston Villa Guess the Score: anything between nil-nil and tens apiece!

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Competition time again. First news of two winners. Malcolm Ray not only came up with the correct score for the Liverpool game he also appears to have Russell Grant like superpowers. Here’s what he wrote “0-1 defeat – will defend well with just the one almighty blooper whilst yet again not being able to find […]

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SAFC v Aston Villa Who are You?: ‘all downhill since Martin O’Neill’

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First of all, a happy new year to all Salut! Sunderland readers. Kevin Hughes makes* a welcome return to the Who are You? hot seat to talk about his beloved but exasperating Aston Villa … (more…)

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Sixer’s Liverpool Soapbox: when even doing one’s best just isn’t enough

Malcolm Dawson writes……it’s hard to put a positive spin on another defeat when we are at least seven points off safety. But I’ll have a go. To anyone who would have settled for two draws this week I’ll say we’ll be better off if we scrape a win on Saturday. But nothing is guaranteed against […]

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SA’s Essay: A cruel goal killed us

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John McCormick writes…. Our two post match verdicts were not good. Pete Sixsmith used the phrase “inexorable slide”. A few minutes later Rob Hutchison chipped in with “Fading away with a barely a wimper”. But what does our manager say? Does he agree? Not quite, although he does appreciate the fans, as you can see […]

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Sunderland v Liverpool: Hutch’s on the whistle ratings

John McCormick writes: Rob Hutchison’s a man of few words – at least when it comes to SAFC. But with a team like ours what can we say? (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0, Liverpool 1. Good riddance to 2015

But doesn't this home top from 1991 tick all the right boxes?

John McCormick writes: This morning some alleged reds were giving me stick down here, prophesying Coates being rubbish and a score of 4 or 5 nil, among other things. My worry was not that these poor, deluded fools, who cling to the belief that they’re still a top club and that Anfield is a decent stadium (they should […]

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Sunderland v Liverpool, Varga v McAllister: perhaps football’s finest dive

Just a spot of fun with a serious subplot. Whenever Liverpool visit the Stadium of Light, it offers an opportunity to recall the most accomplished dive many of us have ever seen. And what is more, it worked, fooling a seasoned ref and gaining Liverpool a draw. We’ll get on to Gary McAllister in a […]

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Liverpool ‘Who are You?’: Jordan, SAFC defensive woes and Celtic song-stealing

Dave Usher is a Liverpool supporter with a Sunderland family connection, as you shall see. He runs The Liverpool Way fan site and is one of Monsieur Salut’s blogging colleagues at ESPN FC. He quite likes what he has seen of Jeremain Lens, used to rate Steven Fletcher and wants none of our centre backs […]

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Sunderland v Liverpool Guess the Score: can SAFC rise above their limitations?

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That slice of hopeful humanity known as Sunderland supporters will once again demonstrate monumental patience on Wednesday and troop through the Stadium of Light turnstiles to see what the Lads can muster versus Liverpool. Perhaps some of us are too hard on them. They are professionals, broadly doing their jobs to the best of their […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Man City enjoy Sunderland’s generous Boxing Day gifts

Pete is more likely to be drinking Burton Bridge Bitter than Holt's next season

Malcolm Dawson writes….traditionally Boxing Day was when wealthy folks distributed alms to the poor and needy of the parish, but yesterday the millionaires and billionaires who are Manchester City were not in a charitable mood. Indeed it was a case of role reversal and it was the players of a poor Sunderland side who were […]

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Sixer’s sevens: Hanging on against Doncaster Rovers – that’ll do nicely.

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Our service could be a bit delayed tomorrow. Not only has Pete Sixsmith to get home, he’ll probably have to […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Doncaster Rovers and the Keepmoat Stadium

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John McCormick writes: Yorkshire seems to be cropping up a lot, even though we  left a few of their clubs […]

‘4,000 Sunderland fans, midweek game says it all’. Doncaster Rovers Who are You?

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith has, as ever, written a wonderful article on Doncaster Rovers for his twin series on […]

Doncaster Rovers vs SAFC Guess the Score

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For this midweek visit to Doncaster Rovers, Salut! Sunderland reverts to a “just for fun” format for the Guess the […]

Shrewsbury v Sunderland: The view from the middle ground

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I’m busy today, with stuff to do, so I only have time for some quick thoughts. Don’t forget these are […]

Sixer’s Shrewsbury Soapbox: Success in Salop

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  John McCormick writes: It’s only 70-80 miles from home to the New Meadow but three trains meant for a time-consuming journey.  […]

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