Archive | March, 2016

Ahead of SAFC v West Brom – Dawn Astle on Justice for Jeff

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Malcolm Dawson writes: when I was young virtually the only domestic football televised live was the FA Cup final. Like most football daft youngsters I would sit engrossed in pre-match build up from about 11.00 in the morning until the game finished. I remember many of those games to this day and one abiding memory […]

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Jeff Astle’s daughter on West Bromwich Albion’s Sunderland imports – and dad

Colin Randall writes: As we nervously approach a match of easily calculable importance, at home to WBA on Saturday, Salut! Sunderland is proud to introduce Dawn Astle*, daughter of the late Albion hero Jeff, tireless campaigner for the Jeff Astle Foundation (a separate article by Dawn will appear on this subject tomorrow) and passionate WBA […]

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Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion ‘Guess the Score’: time for strong men

Jake: 'Monsieur Salut must be in a bad mood again - no prize this time'

Jake’s image says it all. There have been many occasions when we have said “no slip-ups this time, Lads”, “get it right”, “it’s a must-win” and other variants of “it’s time to play”. This time, we can roll up all those nervous words of encouragement into one cliche and, wherever we all find ourselves in […]

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Sixer says: Villa, Newcastle, Norwich, Sunderland, Palace – the fans’ view

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Malcolm Dawson writes…….“The Observer” comes calling and Peter Sixsmith delivers. Every now and then, at regular intervals throughout the season, the broadsheet canvasses the opinions of a supporter of each Premier League club and SAFC is represented by our own correspondent. You can read the thoughts of his and all the others by following these […]

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Relegation watch: Villa, plus two from Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland.

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Another international weekend, another look at the bottom of the table. And, yes, we’re still there. In fact, looking at the numbers, it looks very much as if we’ll be there until the bitter end. (more…)

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A rotten day for the beautiful game: Johan Cruyff’s death, Adam Johnson’s digrace

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

On the second name in the headline, Pete Sixsmith is rightly brief and disapproving. To the first, he devotes many more words, of tribute this time, to a man who personified all that can be good about football. Ordinarily, reflections on the death of Cruyff from cancer at just 68 and the six-year jail sentence […]

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How the bottom of the Premier looks, and how it should look

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

Sunderland’s predicament is the stuff of shredded nerves. Sam Allardyce talks of needing perhaps four wins and a draw from eight games and many of us doubt we are capable of producing anything like such a haul. This, as we approach yet another weekend without “our” football, is how the bottom half + one of […]

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Sixers Says: U21s’ title challenge intact after uninspiring win at Middlesbrough

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Malcolm Dawson writes……they say as we get older we revert to childhood. In my case that means buying two ounces of black bullets and needing someone to cut my toenails for me. Pete Sixsmith on the other hand has got himself a paper round and spends his hard earned cash on lucky bags and going […]

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Wrinkly Pete: back to bed, back to reality after Newcastle disappointment

John McCormick writes: I’ll update my “relegation watch” charts over the empty weekend (aren’t all weekends empty these days?) and you can work out just what our chances are of surviving the drop from some numbers that are looking less dodgy with every match. In the meantime, here’s Peter Lynn, AKA Wrinkly Pete, with some reasons […]

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Why one lifelong SAFC supporter stays away. Not the reason you’d expect

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Ian Todd, a lifelong Sunderland supporter who moved away for university and has spent his adult life in London, has graced these pages intermittently throughout Salut! Sunderland’s nine-year life. He is the man without whom the London and SE branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association wouldn’t have been created, or at least not as early […]

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Do they mean us? A Wall Street look at Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: it is a pleasure to come across a New York take on Sunderland that doesn’t just gasp […]

A Wembley a Day: the one where the Wearsiders vanquished the mighty Leeds

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A WEMBLEY A DAY If you were born on May 6 1973 or on any day since then, you will […]

A Wembley a Day: long before Portsmouth came Huddersfield and Wakefield Trinity

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A WEMBLEY A  DAY Regular visitors to Salut! Sunderland will know that our star contributor, the tireless Pete Sixsmith, has […]

Countdown to Wembley: Sunderland cup finals started with Aston Villa

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Monsieur Salut writes: tomorrow, one week before Sunderland meet Portsmouth in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy final, Pete Sixsmith opens a […]

Coventry hanging on to Doncaster and Charlton as Portsmouth chase Barnsley, Sunderland and Luton.

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Another international break brings an opportunity to revisit the six clubs our readers* and the Coventry ninjas**  chose way back […]

Another one from the archives: Ken Gambles and some childhood heroes

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John McCormick writes: With a traveller like Pete Sixsmith on our books we’re always going to be able to tell […]

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