Archive | February, 2017

Ten Years After: recalling McAllister’s dive, Danson’s reds and other refereeing horrors

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Monsieur Salut writes: on quiet days, two thoughts cross the mind: one of relief that Sunderland are not playing, therefore cannot lose, and a second on what to put on the site to stop interest flagging. The slack times would be unimportant if our readers generally had the habit of dipping into a substantial archive […]

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Sixer’s stand-in’s Soapbox: Everton do enough to guarantee the points

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John McCormick writes: Pete has asked me if I can do a match report for him as he’s taking in Bradford v Toulouse and won’t get in until late. I can, but you mustn’t expect his level of wit, nor his keen observation and erudition. This was only my third live game of the season and I […]

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Moyes on the boys post Everton – and I beg to differ

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I got back from Goodison about half an hour ago. Pete Sixsmith and I were in agreement with most things during the game and in the post-game discussion on the way to the station, where we went in different directions. I won’t spoil Pete’s report by saying what we discussed but I will give you […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 2-0 Sunderland. That sinking feeling

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Monsieur Salut writes:  At half time, Sunderland having defended reasonably well without offering a threat to the Everton goal, went behind when Fabio Borini failed to track back and a swift move down the right ended up with the ball in the back of the net. Pete Sixsmith, suffering at Goodison, felt there was ‘no […]

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Thought football could stoop no lower? Think again. Leicester sack Ranieri

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

It must rank among the most squalid decisions ever taken in professional football, and there’s plenty of competition. No profanity, please, lads and lasses but do have your say on the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri just months after he led Leicester City to its finest hour. (more…)

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Sutton United’s roly-poly (former) goalkeeper, that pie and a betting fracas

A whimsical look back at the antics of Wayne Shaw, 46 years old and weighing in at 23 stones, who has paid dearly for scoffing a liue during the Sutton United 5th round FA Cup tie against Arsenal on Feb 20 … As the world now knows, Sutton United’s goalie Wayne Shaw’s well-fed form will […]

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Everton Who are You?: ‘SAFC have all our injury-prone old players!’

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Graeme Holmes* is an Everton season ticket holder whose globetrotting, groundhopping activities make our own Pete Sixsmith seem like an armchair supporter. He’s at a match as a neutral most nights to add to those huge number of Everton games he’s seen over the past 38 years. He has obviously come across Sixer on his […]

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Hutch’s Patch: Crystal Palace – big in Saigon

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*******       CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ENLARGE FOR A CLEARER VIEW       ******* Rob Hutchison, as most of us know, is a man of relatively few words. His one-word, one-mark ratings after each Sunderland game he attends (mostly the aways) can be caustic and cruel,  or more rarely ecstatic and […]

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Birflatt Boy and Sutton: what is the true value of pie?

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Malcolm Dawson writes… is ages since we heard from the Birflatt Boy but today he makes a welcome return to the pages of Salut! Sunderland with his thoughts on Monday’s events at Gander Green Lane where off field events have overshadowed those of the match itself. Over to you Birflatt. Is a Jaffa Cake a […]

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Safe bets: a guide to sensible flutters on sport

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    Salut! Sunderland readers have become accustomed to occasional links to betting sites. It is naturally up to each individual to decide whether these are useful, because some people do like the odd flutter (even Monsieur Salut has been known to place bets on first scorer), or of no interest at all. For those […]

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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 […]