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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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HAWAY awards: shortlist cut to Aston Villa, Burnley, Everton, Newcastle and Stoke

Salut! Sunderland is very close to announcing the 2015 winners of our annual Haway awards – in other words, fans [...]

Guess the Score: late Chelsea & SAFC winners, Steve Bruce midwifery issue

Just to tidy things a little, let Salut! Sunderland record the last pair of Guess the Score winners of the [...]

Season reviews: tough love in a far-reaching view from a ‘positive guy’

  Marcus Procopio has graced these pages before. Being based in Perth  (I think that’s the Australian one) it could [...]

Reviews of the Season: pathetic, spineless lows but a Montyesque goalkeeping high

The end-of-season reviews continue to flow in. Ken Gambles is another of our writers with a wealth of experience of [...]

The Chapman Report from Chelsea: summer relief for the well-travelled SAFC fan

Bob Chapman brings down the curtain on what we hope has been another season of fine, incisive reporting from each [...]

The highs and lows of Sunderland’s season, at a handy glance

John McCormick writes: regular readers will know that I’ve been tracking the progress of SAFC and other at-risk clubs by [...]