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Birflatt Boy: having his say on Ched Evans, crime and punishment

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Malcolm Dawson writes….although primarily a site dedicated to SAFC and its supporters, Salut! Sunderland is also not averse to publishing articles on general footballing issues. Birflatt Boy is never one to shy away from difficult issues. The world is changing and some things which were once deemed acceptable are now considered taboo. Modern society is […]

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Message to Rangers, Celtic and Scotland: keep your Wee Bit Hill and Glen British

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Birflatt Boy emerges from his customary shadows to rue the possible departure of the Scots from the UK. Has Fletch let on as to where he stands? What do George Herd and Billy Hughes make of it all? We cannot honestly imagine Phil Bardsley having a view one way or the other. The headline reference […]

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Birflatt Boy gives Sunderland’s recruitment policy Short shrift.

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It’s fair to say that recent results have brought about increased hope in the minds of Sunderland supporters the world over. We know there’s still a long way to go if the club is to get out of the mess in which it finds itself but where, only a few short weeks ago, there was […]

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Birflatt Boy: comings and goings herald new dawn at Sunderland AFC

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Birflatt Boy sees all the summer transfer activity, with more than a few words of gratitude to a former manager, as a potential pivotal point in Black Cat’s history. The Di Canio revolution he argues, backed by, or more likely galvanised by our American owner, can be the catalyst for a change in the way […]

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Birflatt Boy: end the Mignolet love-in. He’s Liverpool’s now, our history

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As Birflatt Boy would have it, both Pete Sixsmith and Monsieur Salut have been guilty of wilfully wishing Simon Mignolet well. But is it right that the Sunderland Echo quoted him as saying once he learned of Liverpool’s interest, he set his heart on leaving? Zero mention, we learn at the Blackcats list, ‘of being […]

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Birflatt Boy: go, Steve, go. But he means Blackburn this time

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Birflatt Boy called often enough for Steve Bruce’s head. Now he’s pushing for Steve Kean to be the next managerial casualty. The Rovers support certainly seems to have turned hostile; David Moyes said he left the Bolton game at half-time in disgust at the abuse aimed in Kean’s direction … (more…)

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Pizza for nothing and your chicks for free

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Titus Bramble, Nicklas Bendtner, Lee Cattermole and any other individual – famous or not, but suspected of criminal conduct – remain innocent until courts decide otherwise. Nevertheless, Birflatt Boy is alarmed at what a lot of highly paid footballers consider acceptable behaviour … It’s remarkable to find some people who still expect footballers to be […]

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Birflatt Boy: end the agony, Mr Short

One of Monsieur Salut’s regrets is that although certain readers have taken a strongly pro-Bruce – or anti-kneejerk – line none has recently accepted the open invitation to put such thoughts into a full-sized posting. Yet there’s no shortage of hostile comment, as the latest Birflatt Boy offering demonstrates … Let’s not beat about the […]

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Birflatt Boy: stairways to hell and the cauldron of negativity

Originally used here to deplore the anti-Steve Bruce sentiments expressed at Salut! Sunderland, while overlooking the strong voices raised in his defence, cauldron of negativity is a phrase that has stuck. The shadier and shadier Birflatt Boy, a fully paid-up member of the “Negativos”, invokes the debuts of Led Zeppelin and long-forgotten German urban terrorists […]

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Birflatt Boy: bewildered by Bruce’s bewilderment

Birflatt Boy pulls no punches in a unforgiving verdict on Steve Bruce. To some, it will appear excessively harsh and even unfair; tomorrow you will find a contrary argument here. Take your pick … In today’s Sunderland Echo, it is reported that Steve Bruce confesses to being bewildered at the early-season pressure he finds himself […]

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Sixer Says: Shrews may be no easy prey for Black Cats

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Malcolm Dawson writes….we’ve already a great preview of tomorrow’s League Cup from Shrewsbury fan Carl Jones (read it here). How […]

The Shrewsbury view: time for a spot of giant-killing against ‘intriguing’ Sunderland

Jake: 'a chance for the kids to shine - except that they're already being pushed in at the deep end'

We are delighted to welcome a Shrewsbury Town supporter, Carl Jones*, to talk about his club, football in general and […]

Just before we abandon hope, it’s Shrewsbury in the league cup. Guess the score

Jake: 'the doubt has currently been removed - defo no prize'

So we had two correct predictions for SAFC v Boro, both from Middlesbrough fans (Smoggie and the WAY interviewee Thomas […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Moyes stews as Sunderland get burned by Middlesbrough

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I nearly didn’t go today. I’ve got a bad back. But my lift arrived early so I struggled […]

Moyes on the Boys: it’s going to take time

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John McCormick writes. Pete’s sevens were pessimistic but I thought we did OK in the second half and will be […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Middlesbrough look useful – we look like strugglers

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John McCormick writes: Pete neglected to send me a post-game text so I had to wait until Colin forwarded it. […]