Archive | September, 2017

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston North End 2-2 Sunderland. Point gained or two lost?

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Monsieur Salut writes: before the game, I was wondering – controversially, I know – whether there was more chance of identifying a believable character or storyline twist in Line of Duty (sorry, I’m catching up late on this well-acted, gripping hokum) than of finding reason for belief in Simon Grayson and the Lads. Then we […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Preston North End’s Deepdale

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Now we’re getting into it, or at least Pete Sixsmith is. True, proper history. His journey through the football grounds of England brings us to memories of the era when Blackburn Rovers were admitted to the Football League instead of cup-winning-toff-defeating, working-class Blackburn Olympic, who subsequently folded, the first penalty kick was yet to be […]

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Preston North End vs SAFC Guess the Score: the deep end at Deepdale

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What is left to say? Another game, another sense of trepidation or, if Pete Sixsmith was right in his clinical assessment of our plight after his bleak evening at Portman Road, another reason to be “largely past caring”. Preston North End vs Sunderland. Fifth top vs second bottom. It seems beyond belief, whatever the level […]

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Preston North End Who are You?: ‘Grayson thought he was stepping up’

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And now, Simon Grayson and Sunderland’s search for a point or three, as opposed to a search for a point even lower than reached so far, goes on Saturday to Deepdale, the famous old ground of the equally famous Preston North End with its Bill Shankly, Sir Tom Finney and Alan Kelly stands. Mark Collard*, […]

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Sixer’s Ipswich Soapbox: a quick one, but who cares?

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  John McCormick writes: there are cries from some of our readers for our manager to go, there are others saying he should have more time, and there are those saying it’s not his fault and there’s nothing he can do. I must confess I’m expecting any day to hear he’s been sacked or walked […]

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Rock bottom, or worse ahead? Grayson on ‘five yards off the pace’ SAFC

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  Jason Steele may feel it was the curse of Salut! Sunderland. No sooner did we run a largely pro-Robbin Ruiter outsider’s piece on the battle for the No 1 jersey than Newton Aycliffe-born Steele is recalled to side only to concede five times. But in yet another painfully dismal display by Sunderland, producing a […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Ipswich Town 5 Sunderland 2. Run over by the tractor, boys

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Long before the end of the latest home defeat, to Cardiff City on Saturday, Pete Sixsmith had reached the conclusion that he was watching the worst Sunderland team since he first started going to Roker Park in the 1960s. That was for his seven-word instant verdict; his considered appraisal of the game was more measured, […]

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Sunderland’s battle between the posts: Justin Steele vs Robbin Ruiter

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When not moping about the wretched start to the season, and wondering what planet Simon Grayson was on when he lauded the chief exceutive Martin Bain’s brilliance in the transfer market, Sunderland fans are trying to get used to a lot of unfamiliar faces. The departure of Jordan Pickford, followed by that of Vito Mannone, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Ipswich Town’s Portman Road

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John McCormick writes: Sunderland to Ipswich is not one of the longest journeys in the League. The straight line distance of just over 220 miles puts it in the mid-range category. However, you need to add at least another 50 miles – not all of them easy driving – if you go by road. Alternatively, you could spend […]

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Ipswich Town vs Sunderland Guess the Score: we have to win some time

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For the second game in succession, Guess the Score was won on Saturday by our Who are You? interviewee from the opposing side. So Everton supporter Bernard Walker and Cardiff City fan Mike Morris join the very select band of people waiting for elusive Salut! Sunderland prize mugs. One of these days, Monsieur Salut’s ship […]

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Salut! Sunderland advent calendar – who or what is behind door 12?

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

The purpose of a traditional Advent Calendar is to offer a surprise or a reminder of the Christmas story in […]

Sixer’s Walsall Sevens: Third time unlucky? Maybe not.

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Pete Sixsmith may be busy on the Saturdays before Christmas but on the weekdays he leaves the work to his […]

Rate the ref: Walsall at home, FA cup replay

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Our first home game since the series started. We don’t expect many ratings for away games but we should get […]

Walsall Who are You: Sunderland ‘pretty useful going forward, less convincing off the ball’

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Monsieur Salut writes: this is a Who are You? with a difference ahead of tonight’s FA Cup 2nd round replay […]

Salut advent calendar: what strange goings on lie behind door 11?

In the run up to Christmas Day, behind each door of the Salut! Sunderland advent calendar is an article written […]

Walsall Guess the Score: ‘can we play you every week? Oh, we already do’

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The experience of Saturday prompts a rule addition for the Salut! Sunderland prize Guess the Score: a match abandoned = […]

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