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Beauties and beasts: simply red and glowing with pride after Leeds epic

To enter the competition

Ken Gambles was admirably prompt in his response to requests for contributions to the Beauties and Beasts series on Sunderland kits past and present. But Salut! Sunderland proceeded to lose or at least overlook his affectionate reminiscences on a special away strip from his youth. The search party has now reported back and we can […]

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Beauties and Beasts: (7) Jermain Defoe and the shirt I want to buy

Beauties and Beasts: that’s the name of this series – see it here – of supporters’ recollections of different Sunderland shirts from years and even decades past. It was inspired by an idea from Classic Football Shirts, very welcome here as occasional competition sponsors. Their range of historic SAFC tops is a great internet outing […]

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Beauties and beasts: (6) the loneliness of the long distance Sunderland supporter

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

See the whole Beauty and Beasts series, presenting supporters’ thoughts on the succession of SAFC shirts over the years, at http://salutsunderland.com/category/beauties-and-beasts/. And if you fancy a browse through the Classic Football Shirts Sunderland range, take a look at http://bit.ly/1ZNPCJA#sthash.P10KFjhR.dpuf. Our deal is that anything readers buy also helps the site with running costs … (more…)

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Beauties and beasts: (5) a defence of the pin-striped indefensible

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Is it not almost a prerequisite of Sunderland AFC support to regard the shirt you see above as a hideous aberration, a shameless departure from proud tradition to make the passing of the steam locomotive seem a mere detail of transport history? It is not. The shirt has, or had, its champions, as Monsieur Salut […]

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Beauties and beasts: (4) Manchester United, Wimbledon and my lucky/unlucky shirt

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Jake is our treasured but exiled graphic artist. Most of the images at Salut! Sunderland emanate from his place in Spain. Here, he joins the Beauties and Beasts parade with scathing comments about modern football gear and find reminiscences of shirts of the past, though not always the matches he wore them too … (more…)

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Beauties and Beasts: (3) not so keen on the mustard we wore against Charlton

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Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson is among several to have answered Monsieur Salut’s call for contributions to the new series on Sunderland tops you’ve known and loved or hated. All offerings will be published while the series runs its course. Malcolm’s recollections of the mustard-coloured top we wore for the Charlton playoff final is […]

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Beauties and beasts: (2) how Cabral’s shirt embraces our pain and expectation

A proud heritage under threat

All the pain, passion and absurdity wrapped in one item of clothing For the second in our new series of supporters’ recollections of specific Sunderland AFC shirts, Keir Bradwell pauses in his preparations for a trip to Swansea tonight to look back on one that promised so much but proved as invisible as the intended […]

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Beauties and beasts: (1) a 1990s home winner among SAFC shirts

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Fancy writing about a Sunderland top that brings back memories good or bad, beautiful or ugly, or amusing? Have a look at the possibilities at the Classic Football Shirts site. You may worn some of them. Or sworn at them. If you can put your impressions or recollections into words, anything from 200 to 600-700, […]

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From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]