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The Lars Word: surviving Suarez, a Sunderland fan’s soft spot for Liverpool

Despite a curious but brief boyhood flirtation with Peterborough United, Monsieur Salut does not really approve of “second teams”. But he can think of Sunderland supporters who would share Lars Knutsen‘s declaration of more than grudging respect and admiration for Liverpool – plus a few who would profess to loathe them …

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Another team I like: Histon, conquerors of once-mighty Leeds

As I cleared the spam box of drivel about colon cleansing, quack weight loss treatments and fake designer handbags, it dawned on me that our own Pete Sixsmith isn’t the only Sunderland fan with a strong, occasionally stronger (like last night, when he gave Colchester a miss) attachment to non-league footie. Stephen “FTM” Thompson*, the [...]

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Another team I like: (3) the Two Blues of Bishop Auckland

Long before Bill Taylor set up home in the other Toronto, the one that that isn’t quite capital of Canada, he lived near Toronto, Co Durham. In Bishop Auckland, to be precise, home of great conker trees in the Bishop’s park and – during his boyhood – the all-conquering Two Blues at Kingsway. Bishop Auckland [...]

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Another team I like: (2) the Tour de France (teams)

Image: Le Rouleur Lent When I lived in Paris, part of the finale of the Tour de France took place in the street five floors beneath my front window. It left me cold. All it meant was that it was a lot harder to get around. Pete Sixsmith begs to differ, and just loves those [...]

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Another team I like: (1) Peterborough United

Probably everyone has another team they’re fond of. Most regulars to these pages live, breathe, love Sunderland AFC. Some of us would not dream of having a “second club”. But there are equally loyal fans do who have such a thing in their lives, and indeed third or fourth clubs, too, and many of the [...]

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Salut! Sunderland: The Way It Is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is is [...]

Wearied by the Borini saga, wondering whether we’re better off

John McCormick:

We’ve gone three PL games without any forward scoring so it looks like the front line failings we’ve experienced for [...]

Sixer Says: here’s a long-sufferer’s view through the window as it slammed shut

This is one Pete Sixsmith prepared earlier, a jaundiced look at the dying phase of the transfer window …

The transfer window: a welcome to Seb Coates, Ricardo Alvarez. Anyone else coming?

If we have lost out on Fabio Borini, my first reaction is to wonder at all the energy devoted to [...]

Sixer’s QPR Soapbox: Sunderland slip up as Cattermole made to tread egg shells

Pete Sixsmith‘s wisest decision on Saturday was his choice of pub, the trick being to beat the ploddish Met Police [...]

Keir’s Player ratings: QPR 1 Sunderland 0 (and a bit from Birmingham)

Keir Bradwell sums up the players’ individual performances in marks out of 10 for the games at Loftus Road and [...]

For Bodjongo, for Fahim and maybe a little for Shankly’s ghost

Sixer warned he’d be late with his Soapbox, a day out on the Northumberland coast shading it as the more [...]