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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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Football Blogging Awards: make your Yes vote count for Salut! Sunderland

It is time to vote in the annual Football Blogging Awards. There are some big guns in the field and [...]

Dodgy numbers raise the question: ‘Can we dodge the bullet?’

Before the season started I used some dodgy stats and history to predict this seasons relegated candidates, including a couple [...]

Keir’s Ghostly Player Ratings: Sunderland’s men of the match at Southampton

What would Keir Bradwell, our marks-out-of-10 columnist, make of it? One reader, Bill, said Seb Larsson was the only player [...]

After West Ham (1968), Watford (1982) and Southampton (2014): a dozen questions

Still on the national news, still getting ribbed mercilessly if someone spots the SAFCSA membership card in my wallet, still [...]

Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: ‘my ultimate humiliation’ following Sunderland

Colin Randall writes: What more is there to say? Vito Mannone suggests the players should club together and refund the [...]

Poyetry without rhyme from Southampton: where were the positives? Bravo the fans

Colin Randall writes: there should be no surprise that non one among Salut! Sunderland‘s hardy band of helpers found the [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Southampton 8 – Sunderland 0. Saints go one better than Sixsmith

John McCormick writes: On Thursday my ticket for the Arsenal game arrived, then my rail tickets and my railcard followed [...]