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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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Moyes on the Boys at West Ham: Harsh, and he’s not kidding

Moyes On The Boys(featured image)

John McCormick writes: If that had been us scoring the goal would have been disallowed. No ifs, buts or maybes. […]

Sixer’s Sevens: West Ham 1-0 Sunderland. When are offside players interfering?

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

Monsieur Salut writes: I had another good stream, poor Pete Sixsmith was there as usual. We came back from an […]

Sixer’s West Ham lowdown. Any seconders for Defoe as future SAFC chairman?

Pete Sixsmith

What a busy lad Pete Sixsmith is. Not content with his paper round, Father Christmas duties (planning starts tonight) and […]

Sixer Says: when I nearly became a West Ham supporter

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Over at Salut! Sunderland’s Facebook pages, Jim Minton posted a message saying how much he liked the Who are You? […]

After Derby debacle, thank heavens Mika’s only on bench at West Ham

Pete Sixsmith

Keeping goal is sometimes a thanked task but, as often, a thankless task. Humans err and this applies to goalkeepers […]

West Ham Who are You?: ‘SAFC doomed, Hammers must solve stadium issues’

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West Ham have been in disarray, hardly on our scale but bad enough with a poor start to the season […]