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Dick’s post West Ham Advochaat: I’m proud of the players

Jake: 'oh Jeremain!'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..on the way back from today’s game Pete Sixsmith got a text suggesting that Big Dick had checked out of the Ramside and sent flowers to the staff. Of course with the international break coming up maybe he’s just off to see the missus to tell her that today the boys in red […]

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Dick’s Man Utd Advochaat: feeding the faithful crumbs of comfort

Jake: never looked like scoring

Malcolm Dawson writes….my choice of match today was Consett v Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Cup second qualifying round. And entertaining it was too with the the Yorkshire side fortunate to win with the last kick of the game after the referee, with whistle to his lips, failed to blow for a foul on […]

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Dick’s Man City Advochaat: it’s a funny old game as City crush Cats

Jake: 'God help us Part One'

Malcolm Dawson writes……….I thought we started well enough. I thought we might have grabbed the lead. But soon normal service (or lack of it) was resumed. A penalty down the other end of the ground looked soft from where I was sitting but I’ll wait for the highlights to see why it was awarded. We […]

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Dick’s Bournemouth Advochaat: no passion or fight at The Vitality Stadium

Jake: 'things must get better - and by that I don't mean only  narrower defeat'

Malcolm Dawson writes…….you’d think that after more than 40 years of following Sunderland AFC I’d have learned not to build up my hopes and adopt an optimistic view of things to come. After enduring the debacles of the Leicester and Norwich games I thought there was enough evidence against Spurs to show we had turned […]

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Dick’s Tottenham Advochaat: not what we deserved

No - not Jake's image for next Monday but can he possibly better this one from an earlier game?

Malcolm Dawson writes….we looked like a team that knows what it’s about today. At least for the first hour or so. Borini, Gomez and Toivonen started but lacking match fitness began to tire after the hour mark. All the new boys looked good. M’Vila slotted into the holding role well and his tireless running and […]

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Dick’s post Villa Advochaat: happy with a point after losing control

Jake: 'WE WERE Jake: 'WINNING! (for almost three minutes). Good point though'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..we don’t have a great record in recent times against Villa so a point is welcome even if it does mean we go back to the bottom of the table – thanks to Stoke City shooting themselves in their metaphorical feet, against their former cult hero manager Tony Pulis. But for the second […]

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Dick’s Exeter Advochaat: six goals good – three goals bad

Jake: 'gorging on goals'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..we would all have been happier with 3-0. Dick too by the sound of it in his post match e-mail to M Salut and the rest. A three goal margin sounds comfortable and in the end it was – but not before the defensive collywobbles took hold. The rest of the Premier League […]

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Dick’s post Swansea Advochaat: passion on and off the pitch

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..it’s usually a good sign when I can watch a game and not spend time thinking about what I’m going to have for my tea when I get home. Last week I could have planned the entire banquet for the Women’s Institute which is the current focus of BBC’s “Great British Menu.” Today […]

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Dick’s post Norwich Advochaat: brief and to the point. Or is that to the pointless?

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John McCormick writes: I didn’t have a good feeling about this game. I don’t know why; possibly it’s because we’re crap. And when that first goal went in I thought, Oh, bugger. Still, these things happen and we can come back from them, can’t we? As if, as my PE teacher friend once used to […]

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Dick’s post-Leicester Advochaat: And what can we learn from today….?

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John McCormick writes: I spent the afternoon in Whiston Hospital, a phone and internet free zone, so I had no idea of what was happening at Leicester. So far so good, you might think, but as we drove up, just as the teams came out, I thought back to the last time I was there. […]

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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

Promotion at first attempt!

  No need for much more to be said than that Donald Stewart’s Madrox group is now on the brink […]

Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

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, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

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It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]