Archive | October, 2017

Grayson sacked. But what do the masters of his misfortune plan next?

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To no great surprise, Simon Grayson has been sacked after yet another wretched result, 3-3 at home to the Championship’s bottom club, Bolton Wanderers. Nice guy out of his depth or decent manager with all the odds stacked against him by a basket case of a football club. Either way, Grayson is no longer Sunderland’s […]

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Sixer’s Sevens. Three apiece as Bolton Wander past our backs at will

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Five hundred years ago Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a door and started a revolution against the established church. One hundred years ago Arthur Balfour sent the 68 words to Baron Rothschild which led to a revolution in the Middle-East. And  one minute ago, as the final whistle blew, Pete Sixsmith summed up our own […]

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One last look at the Bolton match Sunderland m**t w*n

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Salut! Sunderland tends to avoid, when it has its thinking cap on, such phrases as ‘must-win game’. It has become one of the more irritating of footballing cliches, on a par with the inability of newspapers and broadcasters to abstain from referring to people who ‘cannot be named for legal reasons’, which is among the […]

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Sunderland vs Bolton: recreate the spirit that saw off Chelsea and Everton

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Amid all the dross that flows from sportsmen given media platforms, without or perhaps usually with the aid of ghostwriters, a refreshingly incisive summing-up of the awful decline of Sunderland AFC appears in the Sunderland Echo column of Gary Rowell. This hero of Sunderland’s history – his proudest moment as a player for the club […]

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Bolton Wanderers Who are You?: SAFC ‘a huge club – hope you don’t go our way’

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Gabe John is our young Bolton Wanderers supporter in the Who are You? interview suite (aka an e-mail exchange). He writes for Burnden Aces, with which fan site we are happy to make re-acquaintance though unhappy for the reason why … and like all supporters of teams we face at the Stadium of Light, he […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Bolton Wanderers

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John McCormick writes: if you’re old, like myself, Monsieur Salut, Malcolm and Pete Sixsmith, Bolton Wanderers will probably be there or thereabouts in your memories. They are a proper club, with a proper history and I’ve no doubt they fired the imagination of a lot of youngsters in that long ago era of dubbin, casies […]

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Sunderland vs Bolton Wanderers Guess the Score: no pressure then

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Monsieur Salut writes: it is a telling feature of Sunderland’s predicament that away fans, naturally talking up their teams’ expectations, are correctly predicting the results of games at the Stadium of Light. So far, the Bolton Wanderers Who are You? has not landed. I have no idea what the man in the hot seat, Gabe […]

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Sixer’s Bristol City Soapbox: another pointless exercise at the Stadium of Light

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Malcolm Dawson writes………..I am not one of the multitude calling for Simon Grayson’s head for the simple reason that at the end of last season I decided that I would not renew my season card and would not return to the Stadium of Light until I felt the club was able to offer me something […]

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Not good enough, Sunderland. Not good enough, Simon Grayson

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  Footballers earning a great deal of money turned out at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon and, yet again, let down the supporters who, earning a great deal less, help to pay their wages. A manager, also earning very good money, chose the team, the tactics, the substitutions … so he, too, let […]

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Sixer’s Sevens. Bristol City smash and grab as a cold wind blows

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John McCormick writes: half an hour in and my hopes of a mug were dashed. And though we continued our scoring run and equalised we also continued our home hoodoo and lost to a second-half goal. Will that cost our manager his job? Pete Sixsmith’s seven word text, straight on the final whistle, suggests it […]

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Adieu Martin Bain

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Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it […]

SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

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Monsieur Salut couldn’t be in Sunderland today but pieces together the bits he has gleaned about the confirmed purchase of […]

That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]