Archive | March, 2017

‘All my fault’: the man behind a golden milestone for Sunderland supporters

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Monsieur Salut writes: the London and SE branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association has just reached 50 years of age. In common with many who leave Sunderland-supporting parts of the North East to ply their trades in and around the Smoke, I eventually got round to joining the branch after seeing numerous mentions in the […]

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Watford Who are You?: fondly remembering SuperKev, Rostron and Colin West’s hairdo

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Colin Randall writes: not everyone will share this thought but I needed cheering up on Wednesday. Getting back to sunshine in Marseille helped (as did the cost of the trip, return flight from Stansted at four euros each, the outward journey having been only 14). Then I saw our Watford interviewee Del Day‘s Facebook update: […]

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Watford Guess the Score: the road to Chelsea (and SAFC salvation) starts here

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This, then, is the fantasy for Vicarage Road. Jermain Defoe returns from his Wembley triumph, hits more goals for Sunderland and launches David Moyes’ ultimately successful act of escapology. Watford (a) becomes the first of several wins that somehow secure survival on or before that doddle of a closing fixture at little Stamford Bridge on […]

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Jordan Pickford on his goalkeeping heroes: De Gea, Lloris, Hart and Schmeichel

Local lad made very good indeed

Monsieur Salut writes: we’ve acclaimed Jermain Defoe. So has the country at large. Pete Sixsmith’s Observer Q+A talked of a man who, at Sunderland AFC, had enhanced his reputation as a striker and – through his quite beautiful bond with Bradley Lowery – as a man. Pete’s piece, reproduced in expanded form here, briefly mentioned […]

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Observed: Defoe’s England glory, Sunderland’s endless gloom

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First, heartiest congratulations to Jermain Defoe, for opening the England scoring with a trademark finish against Lithuania. In a wretched season for Sunderland, he has brought rare shafts of bright light. And recalled by Gareth Southgate after 1,465 days in the international wilderness, he ‘rolled back the years to show England what they have missed,’ […]

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‘I won a few things with them and had a little bit of success’

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  No game, and no need – or desire – for a relegation review so soon after the last one, which means I’m taking another meander around the Northwest to bring you up to date, more or less, with some of the clubs on this side of the Pennines. I was going to title this […]

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Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City. Guess the final two, help Bradley Lowery

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Look at the four FA Cup semi-finalists. Is there another team in the land Sunderland supporters could care less about? (more…)

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Past glories: priceless American description of Tommy’s penalty save versus Newcastle’s Shearer

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Monsieur Salut writes: people sometimes tell me, whoever they support, that they like Salut! Sunderland because it tries to bring smiles to people’s faces. No matter what! There is no football, apart from Sunderland’s Ladies Team in their SSE Women’s FA Cup semi-final cup game against Chelsea on Sunday, between now and Watford away. So, […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball: can SAFC’s safety bid really get back on course?

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Monsieur Salut writes: with another long wait for our next game, and David Moyes’s next doom-laden post-match reaction, it is once again time for Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete, to update his series based on the points tally he rather optimistically predicted for Sunderland. The original preamble is beginning to look a little dated so […]

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Sixer’s Burnley Soapbox: no plan, no guile but at least a Chuck Berry payoff

Monsieur Salut writes: normally, our deputy editor Malcolm Dawson introduces Pete Sixsmith‘s unfailingly compelling reflections on Sunderland matches. I have become quite proficient at following each match by internet streams and Barnes and Benno but Malcolm and Sixer both attend most home games and the lame 0-0 draw to Burnley was no exception (the interviewee […]

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Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]

Sunderland vs Rochdale prize Guess the Score. Keep Henderson quiet, Lads

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Hail the return of Guess the Score in prize format – Monsieur Salut is in a slightly better mood this […]

View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home […]

Sixer’s Burton Soapbox: a bitter defeat at the home of The Brewers

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I spent the weekend catching up some of my old muckers from the East Midlands, two of whom […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland ailing at Burton Albion

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Pete Sixsmith was looking forward to the weekend, not just because of the prospect of a decent game but also […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes: I wondered how Pete Sixsmith would approach this one, given that it’s less than a year since […]