Archive | January, 2016

No Graham or Buckley alongside David De Gea, Odemwingie, Robinho in transfer deadline shockers

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With Jan Kirchhoff (Bayern Munich), Dame N’Doye (Trabzonspor), Lamine Kone (Lorient) and the “unattached” Steve Harper in, Wabi Kahzri‘s concluded deal from Bordeaux awaited and the exit door shown to Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United), Will Buckley (Birmingham City), Charis Mavrias (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) and Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon) all loans – plus […]

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Manchester City ‘Guess the Score’: can we play behind closed doors?

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Enthused by that thumping of Newcastle United in the “secret seven-in-a-row derby”? Well, we all will be if Duncan Watmore, Fletch and Rodwell were to grab as many goals against Man City on Tuesday night. We could even ship five crackers from the Citeh elite and still win. (more…)

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That 6-0 waltz past Newcastle: it was’t SAFC’s first team either

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As soon as we heard the result of the “behind closed doors” friendly with Newcastle United – why do I always type it initially as Untied? – Mags were all over social media saying we’d only beaten their reserves. OK, Keegan and SuperMac were absent. There was little sign of Shearer, Ferdinand, Beardsley, Rob Lee […]

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Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle? Norwich, Swansea or Bournemouth? Not Watford, and ha’way Leicester

John McCormick writes: there’s no Premier League football this weekend, so it’s another chance to take stock and update my “relegation watch” series. If you’re new to the series and want to see how it began, or if you want to refresh your memory, you can try this link) By now regulars should be familiar with the first […]

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SAFC 6-0 Newcastle. Seven in a row, after a fashion

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Does this count as seven-in-a-row? #safc #nufc https://t.co/S9TwImgFEe pic.twitter.com/fu2qTFImdx — Chris Young (@YoungSunEcho) January 27, 2016 From the excellent Chris Young of the Sunderland Echo comes the heartening news that Duncan Watmore scored three times as Sunderland walloped Newcastle 6-0 in the secret friendly. Seven-in-a-row? Of course not. Of no importance? Debatable but yes, if […]

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Summer signings Coates and Borini to leave? Giving Ellis short shrift

Jake: 'so we didn't get Messi after all?'

Malcolm Dawson writes……it’s a proven fact that we all feel better when our chosen football team is doing well and that poor on field results can bring disappointment and depression. It may only be a game but football fans are stuck with their team. Some glory hunters might chop and change but the true supporter […]

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Beauties and beasts: simply red and glowing with pride after Leeds epic

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Ken Gambles was admirably prompt in his response to requests for contributions to the Beauties and Beasts series on Sunderland kits past and present. But Salut! Sunderland proceeded to lose or at least overlook his affectionate reminiscences on a special away strip from his youth. The search party has now reported back and we can […]

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Glories of the past: Len Shackleton’s coin-shoe-pocket flick. At 72

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Monsieur Salut writes: Big Sam sends on a midfielder in place of a forward to save a point at home against strugglers. Thousands of SAFC fans see the writing on the wall. So let’s dwell briefly on real Sunderland heroes, heroes of other ages … (more…)

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Sixsmith’s Soapbox: technically speaking, it’s no longer Bournemouth and Boscombe

Jake: 'Mr Sixsmith taking in Weymouth en route'

I suppose a point is better than nothing, especially as a lot of other results went our way. We’re still in the clarts but we’re in contact with the other strugglers.  Should that group include Bournemouth? Eddie Howe has a well-drilled side and I thought they looked good for a lot of the game but […]

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SA’s Essay: getting the point of Bournemouth

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John McCormick writes: We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what Pete Sixsmith thinks of this result. I know, however, that Jake’s thinks a point isn’t enough, as that’s what he sent with the graphic you’ll see at the bottom of the page. Jake isn’t the only one to send stuff, of course. The manager also communicates with […]

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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 […]