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James Farrar: from following SAFC to playing Call the Midwife’s bad boy

James Farra with dad, Cass. It was before Chelsea away so guess what happened next

On days such as this, it would be wrong for Salut! Sunderland to detach itself from events in a cruel world away from football. Our sympathies and solidarity go out to all those affected or bereaved by the tragic fire in a tower block in north Kensington, London overnight Monsieur Salut writes: blame Barry Emmerson, […]

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From the Archives: June 2007, Going straight (back to jail)

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John McCormick writes: While we await our new manager, Pete’s relegation reminiscences and the imminent announcement of  this (last) season’s WAY winner we have time for a look back. This post first appeared ten years ago, on June 6th, 2007: (more…)

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RIP Denise Robertson – Sunderland through and through

Jake found the Lads really impressed by Nic's gesture

Malcolm Dawson writes…….the sad news reaches us that another celebrity has passed away. Agony Aunt Denise Robertson died today after a short illness. Denise was a lovely lady and Sunderland through and through. As we pass on our condolences to her family, we reprint in tribute the piece that Colin Randall first published here back […]

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Melanie Hill: flirting on the Fulwell, flirting on Coronation Street

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From the YouTube account of Tt Mm Zz With hours to kill before we either stop up to catch coverage of Toronto vs SAFC, or just go to bed, here’s another bout of Summer Madness. Long ago, Salut! Sunderland ran a series of celebrity supporter interviews. Even longer ago, most of these had appeared in […]

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Summer Gold update: Tasmin Archer is still Sunderland’s Sleeping Satellite

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It was a treat to re-read Tasmin Archer’s interview, now seven years old and therefore from the infancy of Salut! Sunderland. But Tasmin was quick to point out, when asked to update anything that needed updating, that her commitment to Sunderland AFC, far from wavering, has taken on a new dimension. (more…)

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Sir Tim Rice: passions for American music, lacrosse and the Lads

There is unlikely to be appetite for dwelling much longer on the disappointment of three successive defeats in games we led from the early stages and ought, in two cases out of three, to have gone on and won. So let us delve instead into the Salut! Sunderland archive for another blast of nostalgia. Sir […]

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Terry Deary: Horrible Histories, horrible modern football

Are you sitting comfortably? That was how I introduced an interview back in 2002 with Terry Deary, bestselling author and lifelong Sunderland fan. It was, of course, part of the Wear Down South series on celebrity supporters; Terry may not be a famous-for-being-famous, Newcastle-style celeb supporter (Ant, Dec and Cheryl springing effortlessly to mind), but […]

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Kate Adie: the naked truth of cheering goals at Newcastle

Gavin Stewart It was time in any case for another look at Kate Adie*, one of the finest TV news reporters this country has produced but more importantly, for the purposes of Salut! Sunderland, a fan since girlhood of SAFC. Occasionally, someone pops up at 606 or Ready to Go alleging that Kate isn’t really […]

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House of the Rising Sunderland fan (who also likes Fulham)

Another slice of Salut! Sunderland nostalgia with apologies to those to whom it is all a bit familiar. Many years ago, when I was writing about Sunderland celebrity supporters for Wear Down South, the branch magazine of the London & Southern England SAFSA, the chance arose to interview Alan Price. I had discovered that despite […]

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Newcastle/Sunderland flashbacks: when Dr Feelgood felt good then bad

Click here for Salut! Sunderland’s first look at the derby through Mag eyes … Let the build-up to the Tyne-Wear derby begin. We think we know plenty already: Newcastle will not do a PSV Eindhoven and beat us 10-0; we won’t repeat the 1908 scoreline of NUFC 1 SAFC 9, and it will be tense […]

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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

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Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

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The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]