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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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The Way It Is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is is [...]

Newcastle beaten by Adam Johnson’s masterpiece of breakaway play

Just hit the home page – http://salutsunderland.com – and navigate the site to milk the occasion for all it’s worth.

Pure Poyetry from Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland: ‘some moments are special’

Gus Poyet rightly hails a fabulous winner and a grand team performance. He cannot quite share our tribal passion but [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Newcastle 0 SAFC 1. Johnson cracker seals four-in-row

Pete Sixsmith – Father Christmas to many in the North East – saw our fourth successive win against Newcastle as [...]

RIP George Pitcher, ‘red sheep of the family’

It seems particularly pertinent to choose today to post a brief tribute to a Sunderland supporter who was born in [...]

Sunderland Observed: Sixer suggests Messi and Iniesta in the transfer window

For a mid-season review of Sunderland’s performances so far, The Observer turned as ever to Pete Sixsmith. Here’s his verdict [...]

One more time, let’s remember Newcastle United 1 Sunderland 9

As every schoolboy should know, another December Tyne-Wear derby weekend was a particularly happy one for Sunderland AFC. On December [...]