Archive | March, 2016

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


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

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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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’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

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 […]