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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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Relegation watch: SAFC, NUFC and Watford? Bournemouth, Norwich and Villa? And are Leicester safe?

At the start of the season some 7,696 votes had been cast in our relegation poll. As you can see [...]

Votes of confidence in the transfer dealings of Advocaat, Congerton and Short

  Mark Sunderland’s Transfer Window out of 10 Salut! Sunderland won’t labour this but the poll on our club’s performance [...]

Your chance to rate Sunderland’s transfer dealings

Mark Sunderland’s Transfer Window out of 10 Opinions are like, well, anything we all have. Mine is no more valuable [...]

After Eight: transfer window assessed as DeAndre Yedlin strays into Hutch’s Patch

Deadline day brought one last player to welcome. We wanted a full back and that is what DeAndre Yedlin, a [...]

Transfer deadline: the countdown begins. Follow developments here …

Who is still to come and who may yet go? What will Sunderland’s squad look like come 6pm? Time will [...]

Welcome Fabio and Erin: making the most of swapping Liverpool for Sunderland

Pete Sixsmith was inconsolable when Salut! Sunderland, in common with Hello! magazine, lost out to OK in the bidding war [...]