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Horrible history of author’s Mackem passion

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin the story of TERRY DEARY, star writer of children’s books that sell – and disappear from library shelves – faster than Enid Blyton. Guess who he supports. Even when things are grim – as they quickly became after this interview at the start of the 2002-2003 season. […]

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A thousand up

No cause to brag, but as I was adding Kate Adie to the Celebrity Supporters Revisited file, the little counter showing how many people have passed through my turnstiles clocked up its first 1,000. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I can retrace some of the steps taken by people who have reached these shores. […]

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Streaking at St James’ Park? All in the mind

A fisftful of awards bears witness to the achievements of KATE ADIE, forever associated with trademark war zone accessories of pearl earrings and flak jacket. When we last met back in 2002, she had been BBC TV’s chief news correspondent since 1989. More importantly, she was – and is – a Sunderland supporter. One Black […]

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Burst bubble?

Too many empty seats Picture: Alice 0-0 at home to Palace, an obvious game to win and 3-0 would have taken us sixth. That means the players didn’t do well enough. And we slip back to ninth instead. See Sixer’s Sevens for a succinct verdict. (more…)

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Quinn wants more bums on seats

When you’re sitting by the Med, far from the snow that has hit much of France in recent days, you are really in no position to lecture stayaway Sunderland fans. So I will let Niall Quinn do the talking for me. He wants supporters to “stand up and be counted” – who was that steward […]

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Wear all happy?

So are supporters mostly content with progress so far under Roy Keane and the man he once called a muppet, Niall Quinn? One take on Wolves/McCarthy vs SAFC/Keano Picture: StewieD (more…)

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Presenting Sixer’s Sevens

Just to show Salut! Sunderland can also be brief: Sixer’s Sevens will be one-line match verdicts from my great friend and Sunderland supporter par excellence Pete Sixsmith. Each will stretch to seven words or fewer. My technical adviser – a Man City fan who studied in Sunderland – will improve the presentation once he gets […]

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Feeling good about Sunderland

Nicole Kidman does not support Sunderland. But I shamelessly dragged her into the story of Dr Feelgood’s lead singer, ROBERT KANE, who does. Want to know about me and Sunderland? Picture: Torontoboy (more…)

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Stars and (red and white) stripes

Photographs: Lucas* . Let me introduce a feature of Salut! Sunderland that should come under the heading of recent history. A few years ago, Joan Dawson – also known as the Angel of the North, but that’s another story – asked if I would write for the newsletter of the London branch of the SAFC […]

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Ha’way the Lads…from France

Welcome to Salut! Sunderland, a new blog giving news and views about Sunderland AFC from a supporter living far from the Stadium of Light in the south of France. Photograph: Stephen Davies* The site is an offshoot of Salut!, a personal blog I created after being made redundant – amid just a little controversy – […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Goodison, ‘my favourite after Roker’

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Yesterday Bernard Walker expressed his love for Goodison Park.  Pete Sixsmith will understand why, for it is, as he says […]

Everton vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: a brief return to the big time

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut introduces another prize edition of Guess rhe Score and promises belated movement on the backlog of winners … […]

Everton Who are You?: ‘Pickford looks a great signing; Kone never did impress me’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

John McCormick writes: I talk to Evertonians most weeks. They tend not to be short of opinions – like most […]

Sixer’s Hull City Soapbox: Simon Grayson’s big band still not hitting all the right notes

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Malcolm Dawson writes……while I was watching Pete Sixsmith‘s home town club of Shildon progress to the next round of the […]

Hutch’s Hull City verdict: Olivia says hello, and keep clear of the Balti pies

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Rob Hutchison: far away at the time. Still travelling Hutch is back. If not in person then via a very […]

Sixer’s sevens: Hull City invoke the curse of the former player

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At the end Hull City had three of our former players on the pitch, so it had to happen. Nevertheless, […]