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Chris Coleman and the gentle art of Sumo

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In 1991 Chionofuji Mitsugo announced his retirement as a Sumo wrestler. He had had more than 1,000 wins, which included the longest run of consecutive wins in the post-war era (54) and been a honbasho champion 31 times (there are six honbasho, or tournaments, per year). He was the 54th person to become a Yokozuna […]

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New man for Sunderland hot seat, an older man on the A list

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  Colin Randall writes: About the only way I could get through the first half of the Millwall game, even via the Barnes & Benno commentary on the club site, and what Gary Bennett called the worst goalkeeping (Robbin Ruiter) he could recall witnessing, was to read Pete Sixsmith‘s account of a night out with […]

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Sixer’s Sevens. For the record, Millwall exploit our defensive frailty

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Pete Sixsmith will soon be excused duty from Salut! Sunderland in order to carry out his traditional Santa tasks but before he goes he’s giving us enough to keep us occupied. There’s a look at Villa Park scheduled for Monday, a match report some time tomorrow, some thoughts about a probable manager later (and a book […]

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Poll closes on Sunderland managership issue as Coleman appointment looms

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Well that was a waste of everyone’s time. As Sunderland dawdled towards an appointment, our poll attracted just under 100 votes. (more…)

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The first time ever I saw your team: Millwall

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John McCormick writes – I  do remember a trip to the Old Den in the ’70s but like Pete Sixsmith, I struggle to remember seeing Millwall at Roker and it’s possible I never did.  From 1970 I was a student down south in Yorkshire and I often played sport rather than watched it. I did […]

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If Millwall’s visit isn’t worrying enough, Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa are up next

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Sunderland’s shameful home record will become officially the worst in English football history on Saturday if Millwall are not beaten at the Stadium of Light. Nineteen games – 18 in the Premier League and Championship and one in the FA Cup – have passed since a scrappy 1-0 defeat of Watford in December last year. […]

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Millwall Who are You?: Sunderland ‘will set that record for no home wins’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Lucas Ball* was the ideal Millwall fan to invite into the ‘Who are You?’ interview suite, aka gmail. He is just 16 so one of our youngest candidates in the series, but is passionate about his club and conducts similar interviews for Behind Enemy Lines, the Millwall fan site News at Den‘s […]

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Choose Sunderland’s next manager: at least one O’Neill in the frame

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Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And […]

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Is loyalty dead? Jimmy Armfield 17 years at Blackpool, Arsenal men can’t wait to move

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What does Bobby Gurney have in common with Tony Adams, Jimmy Armfield, Billy Liddell, Matt Le Tissier, Sam Bartram, Packie Bonner, Jamie Carragher and Jack Charlton? All were one-club players, each clocking up hundreds of games without ever leaving for bigger, better, richer or more fashionable teams. Silksworth-born and starting at Bishop Auckland, Gurney scored […]

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Sunderland vs Millwall prize Guess the Score: will the wretched run finally end?

Jake: 'allow Monsieur Salut to introduce another season of Guess the Score competitions'

As the laborious and uninspiringly low-profile search for a new manager goes on, Sunderland return to Championship action with only a month left of the year since we last won at home. Can we finally get three points at the Stadium of Light without needing three games to do so? Will Ellis Short accuse the […]

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The first time ever I saw your ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes Burton is one of those places you’re not likely to visit by accident if you live in […]

Burton Albion Who are You?: Brewers’ ‘Pieman’ says we can both beat relegation

Jake: 'let's be having you'

    Dave Child* is a fan of the old school. Burton Albion through and through – ‘who are Derby County?’, […]

Burton Albion vs SAFC Guess the Score: what could possibly go wrong?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Just look at the home and away table. Two wins, a draw and six defeats at home, nine goals scored […]

Sixer’s Aston Villa Soapbox: neither a bang nor a whimper

Jake: 'here's the one report you should read, Chris'

Chris Coleman is unlikely to see this at all and, should he accidentally find himself at this page, still less […]

Hutch’s one-word ratings after Aston Villa defeat: who was drab, who was ‘crablike’?

Jake: 'is it to be Coleman delivers?'

Monsieur Salut writes: had I been able to make it – up for me, from London – for Chris Coleman’s […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 2-1 SAFC. Coleman sees measure of his task

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Pete Sixsmith saw Chris Coleman’s managership start in painfully familiar fashion, yet another bright start undone by yet another piece […]