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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 … (more…)

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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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Wrinkly Pete: the blame game and how Sunderland fortunes could revive

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

John McCormick writes, I arrived back from Spain (where I’d been able to eat outside) around midnight last night, to […]

Sixer’s Sevens. Wolves 0-0 SAFC. Point made – and a good one

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith Monsieur Salut writes: Bob Chapman, standing in for Pete Sixsmith (absent on Santa duties), has the sort of […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: the company of Wolves

Promotion at first attempt!

Malcolm Dawson writes……the last time I went to Wolves, if I remember rightly, Stephen Elliot equalised with about 10 minutes […]

Wolves Who are You?: ‘fond of Sunderland but you’ll suffer a mauling’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Andy Nicholls* , moderator at the Wolves fan site Molineux Mix, is another old friend to this site. Seven years […]

Wolves vs SAFC prize Guess the Score: a mountain to climb

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

The way hope was brushed aside as if no more than a slow, low-flying insect hardly inspires great confidence as […]

Through a child’s eyes: end Sunderland gloom to make Abigail’s party swing

Abigail with Martin at Burton

Ten years ago this Christmas, Salut! Sunderland welcomed into the world little Abigail Emmerson, the daughter of Monsieur Salut’s confrère […]