Archive | June, 2018

Barnsley drop, Burton and Posh replace Luton and Scunthorpe, Walsall get off the bottom in our promotion poll.

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When I first put this poll up, a mere week ago, I wrote “this is predominantly a Sunderland site and we aren’t claiming results are totally unbiased… …Nevertheless, I think it’s fair to say that SAFC  fans have not been blindly optimistic.” After only a week I would not able to add a lot to this statement, […]

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Welcome to Tom Flanagan

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The 4th signing of the summer revolution has been announced on the official website just as most of us were trying to decide if the result of the England – Belgium match was actually beneficial to the national side’s ambitions. Tom Flanagan comes to us from Burton Albion where he played mostly at full back […]

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Sunderland at the World Cup

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Malcolm Dawson writes….it struck me whilst watching England v Belgium that we have a full team of current and former, soon to be all former, representatives of SAFC taking part in the competition in Russia. How many of them actually merit their places if judged solely on their performances during their time on Wearside? Try […]

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Pete Sixsmith’s interesting day: Germany, Jack Rodwell and not an MOT. (Only two failures, then)

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John McCormick writes: how could Pete Sixsmith have known that my car failed its MOT this morning? (Have you seen these new fail notifications? I got a big bold FAIL repair immediately comment, along with something advisory about my rear brake disks. That said, the Mrs went out in it this afternoon). I presume that’s […]

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Jack Rodwell: going, going … and now officially gone

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

Update: and eventually, the statement came [see John McCormicks comment below], short enough to fit into a stop press bulletin – Sunderland Association Football Club and Jack Rodwell have agreed by mutual consent that Jack will leave the club at the end of June 2018. The club and Jack wish each other every success for […]

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That promotion poll in full. A thumping majority predict a winning Sunderland season

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The original promotion poll, now closed, received 818 votes. Of those, 664 predicted – whether through blind faith or genuine belief – that Sunderland would bounce straight back. It was desperately close but just half of them thought we’d do so as champions. Only 18 per cent (still a sizeable minority, totalling 148 votes) were […]

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McLaughlin and Maguire: the Jack Ross revolution is taking shape

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Our purpose in such articles as this is no more than to welcome new players. We needed, desperately, a good new keeper. we needed new defenders. And we needed people to do what Eric Gates and Marco Gabbiadini did back in the late 80s, score goals to make the third tier look simple. And we have three new […]

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The original promotion poll ends soon. But there’s a follow-up survey …

Can we keep the faith?

This is really your last chance to vote – or update your vote based on later developments or your assessment of the new regime – in the Salut! Sunderland “gut feeling” poll (above). It closes in about one hour from the moment I post this item. News on possible new signings is developing fast. Check […]

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Progress seems slow but the signs are encouraging. Vote now in our promotion poll

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Stop Press: Jon McLaughlin, the goalkeeper mentioned favourably by Jeremy Robson in his comment below, is reported in Scotland to be due to undergo a medical at SAFC with a view to signing as a free agent. He left Hearts at the end of the season, is 30 and has a full Scottish international cap. […]

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The bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?

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And so we have it: the fixtures are out. You’ll be getting your fill of dates, and conjecture from all over, no doubt, and enjoying the pre-season buzz of anticipation that it brings. But when you’re tucked up under the sheets, reading Charles Buchan’s “Football Monthly” with a torch and reality bites, do you think […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Scunthorpe United ironed out in the first 45

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I can’t remember the last time I put in a (3)-(0) to signify the half time scoreline when setting up […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Scunthorpe United

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John McCormick writes: Scunthorpe itself probably predates the Norman Conquest as the suffix “Thorpe” in a place name indicates a […]

Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Soapbox: not enough to pass the test but A for effort

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..there were plenty of positives to take from last night’s game, both on and off the field. Off […]

Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Seven: out but not disgraced

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Pete Sixsmith was not to be found in the matchday (matchnight?) programme for the League Cup game against the Owls. […]

Sunderland vs Scunthorpe United prize Guess the Score: more goals for Maja?

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

The congestion of this week and next – with games tonight, Sunday and next Wednesday – means there’ll be an […]

Scunthorpe United Who are You? Magical Beagrie, woeful refs, Sunderland revival prospects

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Monsieur Salut writes: this edition of Who are You? appears out of sequence, with a league cup game to be […]