Archive | February, 2016

SAFC v Crystal Palace Who are You?: ‘starting to question Pardew’s judgement’

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We heard from Mick Brown, a terrific features writer of Monsieur Salut’s acquaintance, two years ago and now it’s the turn of his son Dominic Brown*, a fellow Palace fan and also a writer as well as an independent filmmaker – latest documentary Forgotten Bird of Paradise – and human rights campaigner. Some things are […]

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Guess the Score: after Slaven Bilic’s spot of Croatian humour, bring on Crystal Palace

After Sunderland’s completely needless defeat at West Ham, we probably all needed cheering up. Step forward Slaven Bilic, the Hammers’ normally impressive manager. (more…)

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Sixer’s West Ham Soapbox: burst bubbles and no fizz

John McCormick writes: What do Jordi Gomez, Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner, Stephane Sessegnon and Patrick van Aanholt have in common?  The answer is that they all scored or created goals on Saturday. It doesn’t matter what League we’re in next season, we have to get rid of Patrick. He goes absent more often than Huyton’s schoolkids […]

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SA’s Essay: missing the point at West Ham

John McCormick writes: At half time some stats came up saying West Ham had 80 per cent passing accuracy and we had 55 per cent. Some of the responsibility for that must lie with Lee Cattermole, whose distribution in the first half was atrocious. I’d have taken him off earlier and I’d start Rodwell on Tuesday. […]

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Hutch’s Patch: paying the price of wastefulness against West Ham

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Rob Hutchison is quick off the mark with another of his occasional sets of one-word verdicts. ‘Failure to beat teams like this who were unable to put us away will eventually cost us,’ he warns after the disappointing 1-0 defeat at West Ham. ‘You could have kept the shirt off my back in return for […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: West Ham United 1 Sunderland 0. Wasted opportunites

Colin Randall writes: how many times over the years have we watched Sunderland lose and wonder how on earth we came away with nothing? After giving away a soft and sloppy goal just as we seemed to have the measure of West Ham, we proceeded in the second half to create one opportunity after another […]

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From The Boleyn to The SoL – how’s Big Sam doing?

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Malcolm Dawson writes….There is much discussion regarding what sort of reception Big Sam will get before and during tomorrow’s game at West Ham. With this the return fixture of what was to be Big Dick’s last game in charge on Wearside and it being Allardyce’s former club and all, it seems apposite to do a […]

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Steve Cram opens his heart: Charlie’s his darling and he means Hurley

Take a bow, Jake. Your illustrations are a major factor

Years ago, when Sixer, Malcolm Dawson, John McCormick and Monsieur Salut were still young, or at least a long way from qualifying for bus passes, Salut! Sunderland reproduced a nice little interview that formed part of a Celebrity Supporters series for the newsletter of the London and SE branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association. The […]

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Will West Ham, Crystal Palace and Southampton games decide SAFC’s season?

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Sunderland face of a whirlwind of games that will play a key part in deciding which division we play in come August. It may not even be an exaggeration to suggest the season could well depend on the outcome of the visits to West Ham and Southampton, this Saturday and next, with Palace at home […]

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West Ham v SAFC: ‘some will clap, some will boo Big Sam’

David Blackmore*, our West Ham United interviewee, is the editor of the Blowing Bubbles print and online fanzine and can also be found on Twitter at He’s a level-headed Hammer who acclaims Payet’s genius but also the ability of smarter teams to close him down, sees great prospects of Bilic leading his club to […]

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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’

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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 […]