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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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Ten Years After: recalling McAllister’s dive, Danson’s reds and other refereeing horrors

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Monsieur Salut writes: on quiet days, two thoughts cross the mind: one of relief that Sunderland are not playing, therefore […]

Sixer’s stand-in’s Soapbox: Everton do enough to guarantee the points

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John McCormick writes: Pete has asked me if I can do a match report for him as he’s taking in […]

Moyes on the boys post Everton – and I beg to differ

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I got back from Goodison about half an hour ago. Pete Sixsmith and I were in agreement with most things […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 2-0 Sunderland. That sinking feeling

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Monsieur Salut writes:  At half time, Sunderland having defended reasonably well without offering a threat to the Everton goal, went […]

Thought football could stoop no lower? Think again. Leicester sack Ranieri

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It must rank among the most squalid decisions ever taken in professional football, and there’s plenty of competition. No profanity, […]

Everton Who are You?: ‘SAFC have all our injury-prone old players!’

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Graeme Holmes* is an Everton season ticket holder whose globetrotting, groundhopping activities make our own Pete Sixsmith seem like an […]