Archive | April, 2016

SA’s essay: A precious point

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John McCormick writes: I do believe Stoke’s goal should have been disallowed after Crouch climbed all over Kaboul. I’m not so sure we deserved a penalty, so maybe things evened up. Whatever, a point away at Stoke is never a bad result and to get one when we weren’t as good as we have been […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City 1 Sunderland 1: Taking a chance

John McCormick writes: I thought beforehand that we could get at least a point from this game. But as the match went on, and the ref gave us nothing, I thought we were playing into Stoke’s hands and would lose. Then the ref gave us something, and up stepped Jermain Defoe. Over to Pete Sixsmith […]

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A summer feast of football in France? Could it be yours

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

NB no comments allowed for this posting ….. Who fancies France this summer? By that, I don’t mean who reckons the host country will win the tournament, which is possible if unlikely, but whether you’d like to be there yourself, which this competition also makes possible. If a Salut! Sunderland reader were to win this […]

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Hillsborough (2): a Sunderland fan in Leppings Lane End as disaster struck

The long road. By Jake

We have already heard from Pete Sixsmith how the official approach to football supporters that was reflected when 96 people died at Hillsborough also threatened people attending at a Sunderland game, and how it nearly ended his own teaching career. Now, also discussing the historical context in which the tragedy was handled, Michael Goulding, lifelong […]

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Hillsborough: how the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest tragedy epitomised a rotten era

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It seems appropriate to make this the briefest of introductions and let Pete Sixsmith speak for himself and for a generation of football supporters treated shamefully by authority … (more…)

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Stoke City Who are You?: ‘Fancy Dans with a soft centre’


Angela Smith*, broadcaster, Supporters’ Council leader and former squash pro, is as Stoke as they come, a fan – she says – from birth, so precocious, too. She was quite enjoying the season until recent bad results, and expects Sunderland to snatch a draw on Saturday. Ideally, we need better than that but we’ll see. […]

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From West Ham, Bournemouth, Spurs to Wearside: Defoe, Player of the Year

Jermain: to be remembered fondly

We had a reference to Shakespearian tragedies last week and now Pete Sixsmith quotes the Bard in an appreciation of Jermain Defoe, who has been named Sunderland’s player of the year as voted by supporters. Come what may, the striker has done his job in style. Even the Londoncentric pundits are forever reminding us of […]

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Stoke City v SAFC Guess the Score. Not a weekend for the faint-hearted

It should not get much more nailbiting than this – but it may well do so between now and Watford away on the last day of the season. The weekend threatens to be tricky. Who would put it past an Alan Pardew side to roll over at St James’ Park, assuming he dislikes us more […]

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Sixer’s Arsenal Soapbox: gutsy draw but think how it might have been …

Pete Sixsmith presents his customary expert analysis and reflects on what might have been if only we’d been playing like this at the start of the season. Three points would have been a lot more reassuring, but this was a fine, fighting draw and keeps survival within our own hands… (more…)

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SA’s Arsenal Essay: It’s a good day

Jake's take on Big Sam: 'another prep-season threatening to go tits up'

John McCormick writes: I thought Arsenal were good today. True to form they kept trying to pass it into the net and true to form (our recent form, anyway) we kept them out. Had they tried shots from long range they might have had some luck but, I suspect, our now-coherent defense would have managed. […]

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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 […]