Archive | September, 2016

Salut paying its respects to a Black Country man in black

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….as we prepare to meet the Baggies of West Bromwich Albion Alan Graham, an old mate of mine from the West Midlands (Sunderland through and through but also a WBA season ticket holder) informs me of the passing of former referee Ken Burns, the man in the middle at the 1973 F.A. Cup […]

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Sunderland v West Brom: random thoughts on Rondon, Vic Halom and Baggies anthem

Jake: 'restore our faith, Lads'

Monsieur Salut writes: the review section of the UAE newspaper I write for, The National, has a feature they call The Long Read. I’ve done it a couple of times – from the Jungle in Calais and on Muslim writers threatened by fanatics for having a progressive instead of medieval outlook. It came to mind […]

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West Bromwich Albion ‘Who are You?’: once-reviled Pulis’s ‘searing honesty’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Every few months, a satellite US radio station Sirius XM, asks me onto a late show (late for me) to talk about the latest woes afflicting Sunderland. That is where Andrew Caulton*, an Englishman in New Hampshire with fingers in lots of football pies, heard me (twice). We met again at Twitter, […]

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Allardyce: once Sunderland’s Messiah, now just a very naughty boy

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We’ve already had Pete Sixsmith’s words of wisdom on the Sam Allardyce affair. Here, Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson considers the issues that arise but also what it means to us, supporters of Sunderland … “Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant. It tends to get worse.”  Molly Ivens It would be easy […]

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Allardyce’s broken England dream: dodgy entrapment or just deserts

Sam took the club by the scruff of the neck - just like he did with The Moose

Monsieur Salut writes: Despite far too many decades as a journalist (three of them with The Daily Telegraph), I have serious misgivings about sting operations. They may sometimes uncover genuine malpractice but, among a number of concerns, I wonder who polices the stinger, in this case the Telegraph. This newspaper has after all spent several […]

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Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion Guess the Score: let action replace words

Jake: 'restore our faith, Lads'

Hands up anyone who is looking forward to Saturday. In fact, there’ll be plenty. Support, loyalty, passion often transcend the lack of serious expectation. David Moyes and his team have made an abysmal start to the season, the sort that gets managers sacked in panic reaction from owners. (more…)

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There’s only one Bradley Lowery. Here’s how Sunderland fans can help

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Anyone who watched the otherwise one-to-forget Everton match on the TV, and plenty of those inside the stadium, will have had their hearts warmed by the sight of little Bradley Lowery, the SAFC mascot for the game. Bradley is fighting a form of cancer called neuroblastoma and needs costly treatment in the USA. A good […]

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Sixers’s Soapbox: squirming in our seats as Crystal Palace take the spoils

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I was in the ground early yesterday and got chatting to one of the stewards. When he asked me if I expected anything from the game my look must have said it all, even before my shake of the head and verbal response of “No not really.” When the first goal went in […]

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Moyes on the boys v Palace: “We didn’t do the basics.”

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John McCormick writes: Gutted. F’ing gutted. That’s just me, but at least I wasn’t there. The site’s giving problems so I’ll get straight on to our manager’s post match message: (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace. Incompetence beyond belief

Jake: 'we're pretty useless'

When Jermain Defoe put us ahead, we were surprised given the run of play. When some decent second half pressure led to his second, superbly finished goal, we saw the heaven that is four post storm six games. After the utterly wretched defending that turned the 2-0 lead into a 3-2 defeat, you can expect […]

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Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Soapbox: not enough to pass the test but A for effort

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..there were plenty of positives to take from last night’s game, both on and off the field. Off […]

Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Seven: out but not disgraced

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Pete Sixsmith was not to be found in the matchday (matchnight?) programme for the League Cup game against the Owls. […]

Sunderland vs Scunthorpe United prize Guess the Score: more goals for Maja?

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

The congestion of this week and next – with games tonight, Sunday and next Wednesday – means there’ll be an […]

Scunthorpe United Who are You? Magical Beagrie, woeful refs, Sunderland revival prospects

Jake: 'you need a long memory'

Monsieur Salut writes: this edition of Who are You? appears out of sequence, with a league cup game to be […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (in the League Cup): Sheffield Wednesday

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote about Sheffield Wednesday last season, as you no doubt remember. Today he makes a brief […]

Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]