Archive | August, 2016

Salut! Sunderland offers its customary welcome: ha’way Didier Ndong, the Gabon Mackem

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A very rushed posting but a very warm bienvenue to Sunderland’s latest francophone recruit, the Gabon international Didier Ndong from Lorient, for a fee of 16 millions euros, however many pounds that converts to post-Brexit. tells us he has joined on a five-year deal as David Moyes’s seventh arrival of the summer. That he came […]

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Wearside whimsy – just what goes on with Sunderland on transfer deadline day

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I’ve no doubt the powers that be are working their socks off trying to rationalise the playing staff at Sunderland AFC but the goings on all seem a bit strange to my unknowing eye. Jeremaine Lens, who I thought might have proved to be an important player for us this season, is allowed […]

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Hayley Penman, supporter of Sunderland and Dunfermline: a young star rewarded


This is an article Hayley Penman, then aged all of 10, wrote for Salut! Sunderland back in February of last year. It was warmly received, and rightly so. Recently, another supporter of Sunderland AFC, Jennifer Lowery, though not of Hayley’s generation, asked that a prize mug due to her for coming up with the title […]

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Taylor Made: a cynical look at the A to Z of footballers’ origins

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Bill Taylor remembers someone says football becoming like watching their Italians play your Italians. If he is right about the authorship of the quote – he thinks Len Shackleton may have said it – and a quick internet search did not help – imagine what Shack would have made of today’s Premier League. Bill wonders whether […]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: JD spot on but Saints claw back a point

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith is slipping. His trip to the south coast last week meant he missed yesterday’s Under 23 game at Eppleton CW (a 3-0 win v Southampton) and this Bank Holiday Monday he will only make three games. The long journey back yesterday means that his much awaited match report from St Mary’s […]

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Hutch’s Patch: Rodwell’s top scorer at Southampton

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Rob Hutchison is driving back and it will be a while before he reaches home. So he phoned his daughter and she passed on his one-word verdicts: (more…)

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Moyes on the boys: Southampton are a good team

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John McCormick writes: I’m frequently surprised by stats showing how little possession we have when we look untroubled for long periods. Today was another example. Saints pressed but rarely bothered our keeper and when they did he rose to the challenge on every occasion but one. Unfortunately that one time gave Southampton a point – I was […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Southampton 1-1 Sunderland. Late heartbreak again

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A point at Southampton is always a good return. But for the third time in four seasons – the odd one out leaving us a little humiliated – Sunderland lost out on an important win because they could not defend a lead. SAFC were the better side in the first half, recovered from a second […]

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Javier Manquillo: una cálida bienvenida de Salut! Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: I loved this tweet, drawn to my attention by Joe Hughes, a Barnsley-based SAFC fan and a new member of our Facebook group Is this the way to Javi ManquilloEvery night I've been thinking of DjiloCrying over Yann M'VilaBut Donald Loves been there for me — j (@Adnanuzaj) August 22, 2016 Now […]

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Southampton Who are You?: ‘yep, I’d take Defoe, class act, and Januzaj’

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Alan Copps* is one of Monsieur Salut’s valued former colleagues and his fine writing – as opposed to M Salut’s basic reporting – graced the pages of The Daily Telegraph and later The Times. Late in his career, he moves significantly upmarket to offer various thoughts to the thinking man’s football site Salut! Sunderland ahead […]

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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 […]