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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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Sixer’s Liverpool Soapbox: still in touching distance – just!

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Anfield is not my favourite ground. I’ve nothing against the Scousers or the city of Liverpool but after […]

SA’s Essay: never say die attitude at Liverpool brings welcome point

Malcolm Dawson writes…..an away point is always good and after it seemed like defeat was on the cards especially welcome. […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland. Defoe’s quality makes its point

Monsieur Salut writes: from an easily conceded defeat to a heartening recovery for a draw, Sunderland tested our nerves today […]

Liverpool daughter, Sunderland dad. She confesses …

Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter, a very decent footballer (for Old Actonians, who play in quite a good […]

Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal. These Manchester Men matter, if only a little

Buy from the Salut! Amazon link at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NVFNIS2/salusund-21 Monsieur Salut writes: It is not often that Salut! Sunderland‘s parent (or […]

Liverpool v SAFC Who are You?: Jordan ‘immense’, Mignolet ‘strange’, says man from Anfield Wrap

Neil Atkinson*, our old pal from The Anfield Wrap podcast and site, had to rise above a mountain of typos […]