Archive | January, 2018

Won’t cure post-Birmingham blues but test your knowledge of football anthems

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Monsieur Salut writes: here’s a quiz on football anthems. I managed only eight out of 10; it seemed a doddle until the questions about songs by the England squad I have spent years trying to forget. .. (more…)

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Sixer’s Sunderland sevens or Bob’s Birmingham bulletin, it’s the same old story

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Pete Sixsmith wasn’t there tonight, having chosen to watch Durham City play Ryhope CW and leave the Sunderland game to Bob Chapman, but he did forward Bob’s half time message, which was to the effect that we had hardly been in the game and Birmingham deserved their lead. There was a second message at full time. […]

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Ten Years After: please let it be like this at Birmingham tonight

Jake: 'no mind-expanding drugs were taken in the making of this design'

Wouldn’t we love the problems of 2008 just now? Needing to beat Birmingham City to keep up our Premier League survival hopes on track, we did just that with goals from Daryl Murphy – a “neat finish from Kenwyne Jones’s knock-down,” said the BBC – and Rade Prica. Ten years and a day on, the […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Birmingham City and St Andrews

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Pete Sixsmith’s legendary journey around the years continues with a trip to England’s second city and 1976. That was the year the queen went to Birmingham to open the National Exhibition Centre but she doesn’t post anything on this site (at least, not under her own name) so we won’t be getting her reminiscences. As […]

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Birmingham City vs SAFC Guess the Score: two in a row?

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  Oops: this is a repeat: entries here closed though any appearing already will be honoured: enter at http://salutsunderland.com/2018/01/birmingham-city-guess-the-score-meet-the-irish-fan-who-kept-faith/   With no unnecessary fanfare, here is the latest prize Guess the Score. Can Chris Coleman secure the first back-to-back wins of his Sunderland career? Will we rise to the occasion or slump, having beaten Hull, to […]

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The Birmingham City Who are You?: speaking of crunch matches …

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Monsieur Salut writes: James Jenkinson is a breath of fresh air: a home and away regular with a burning passion for his club, Birmingham City. He is still studying – at University Degrees in Football, Sport and Events Industries in Wembley – -but hopes to became a TV presenter. We have only two quarrels: he […]

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Wolves and Derby? Or Villa and Cardiff? Leeds, Boro and Fulham for the playoffs? Bristol City and Sheffield United might say no.

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Here’s a brief chance to give your view now that the transfer window has closed. The site will be busy soon, we’ll have views from Lars and Pete, plus Pete looking forward to Ipswich tomorrow, so this will only be around for the rest of today.       (more…)

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Birmingham City Guess the Score: meet the Irish fan who kept faith

Click on the image above, post your scoreline prediction and - whoever you support - you may win a prize

NB Guess the Score appeared twice by mistake. One or two entries appeared at the second item before I closed comments. Check below and at http://salutsunderland.com/2018/01/birmingham-city-vs-safc-guess-the-score-two-in-a-row/ to make sure your choice has not already been taken – Ed Given how rarely Sunderland win, it is worth noting that we have had SAFC-supporting winners of Guess […]

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Jimmy Armfield: farewell to a noble man of football

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Monsieur Salut adds some belated lines in homage to Jimmy Armfield – footballer, manager, sports reporter, NUJ member, broadcaster, church organ player, absolute gent … The two news items seemed unseemly if read one after the other. Sanchez moved from Arsenal to Man Utd on a new weekly pay rate of hundreds of thousands. And […]

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The decline and fall of the Sunderland empire. Is there a way back?

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Since the victory against Hull City, Chris Coleman has said his players – from young prospects such as Jake Clarke-Salter and Joel Asoro to the old pros John O’Shea and Lee Cattermole – deserve pats on the back. ‘I have stood here after a poor performance or a defeat [but] we look at it now […]

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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

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

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, […]