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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland play and the grounds they call or called home. Carlise United can claim a fascinating club history, the remoteness of its location making gloryseeking support for bigger clubs less of a problem than elsewhere. Sixer’s […]

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Carlisle Who are You? ‘when Shankly said ours was football’s greatest achievement’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Colin Randall writes: our Carlisle United interviewee Mike Booth, a moderator at the Carlisle fans’ forum thecumbrians.net, says most people have a soft spot for Sunderland because watching Newcastle struggle – he’ll have enjoyed their first two results – is such fun. I only just suppressed the temptation to make that the headline. Mike is […]

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Carlisle United vs SAFC Guess the Score: a winning bounceback after Leeds?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut confesses: thank heavens no one went for Sunderland 0-2 Leeds. There are quite enough people who could tell you I already owe them mugs. They will come, I promise. Pete Sixsmith, Leeds-born but SAFC through and through though he also loves the Rhinos, has written superbly, and without partisan bile, about the disappointing […]

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Sixer’s Leeds United Soapbox: ‘finish above this lot and SAFC go up’

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith had almost forgotten what it was like to have to churn out, week after week, doom-laden masterpieces combining gallows humour and sharp footballing analysis. It had been relatively upbeat so far, a tolerable pre-season followed by a decent start in league and cup. The visit of Leeds United changed all that. So were […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Leeds United

Sunderlan v Leeds

Monsieur Salut writes: in his latest addition to this hugely entertaining series recalling his first encounters with opposing teams or – for away games – their grounds, Pete Sixsmith begins with a confession. But do not be fooled by his Leeds origins. Sixer moved to County Durham – just up the street from me – […]

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Sixer’s Sheffield Soapbox: Smiling in August – and it’s good.

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith sent a half-time seven last night: “Playing well but need a second goal”. Unfortunately, it never came and I, for one, was worried by the arrival of Stephen Fletcher in the second half, because I’ve seen him at his best and ex-players do well against us. He did do OK. But how OK, […]

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The Leeds United Who are You?: ‘top six for us and SAFC’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

You’ll need to scroll down now if you want to know Kevin Ayscough‘s* link to Salut! Sunderland and why he thinks a certain Sunderland fan ought really be supporting Leeds. Kevin is a down-to-earth United supporter who sees no point in harking back to his club’s glory days, though he says he still cannot work […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Sunderland. Tough going after missed chances

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith‘s instant seven-word verdicts on Sunderland games are part of the staple diet of Salut! Sunderland. If he is not present, the supersub’s snap judgement is preceded by an asterisk. Tonight, he was indeed present as George Honeyman gave us an early lead, Grabban and Vaughan missed good chances to extend it and after […]

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Sheffield Wednesday vs SAFC: maintaining the good start would transform our prospects

By Jake

Not many people, and Sunderland supporters must be included in this, honestly believed Simon Grayson capable of leading an immediate push for promotion. Starved of funds, even those generated by big-money sales or savings on wages, and not even the club’s first choice to replace David Moyes, he was at best seen as a sound […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough

Pete Sixsmith then (as in not so long ago)

Mr Sixsmith – Pete or Sixer to most – has sternly corrected Monsieur Salut. The series is not to be passed off as The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team regardless of context; it’s Ground if we’re playing them away, Team if it’s at the Stadium of Light. So this latest edition is TFTEISYG […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland […]

Carlisle Who are You? ‘when Shankly said ours was football’s greatest achievement’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Colin Randall writes: our Carlisle United interviewee Mike Booth, a moderator at the Carlisle fans’ forum thecumbrians.net, says most people […]

Carlisle United vs SAFC Guess the Score: a winning bounceback after Leeds?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut confesses: thank heavens no one went for Sunderland 0-2 Leeds. There are quite enough people who could tell […]

Sixer’s Leeds United Soapbox: ‘finish above this lot and SAFC go up’

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith had almost forgotten what it was like to have to churn out, week after week, doom-laden masterpieces combining […]

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Leeds United 2 – early season promise arrested by the boys in blue

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

We’ve seen it before of course. A great chance to take the lead is cleared off the line and almost […]

The Sunderland AFC collection: fine art prints for Black Cats fans

The Salut! Sunderland Facebook group

Malcolm Dawson writes…..like most websites Salut! Sunderland gets approached from time to time to plug various commercial enterprises and whilst […]