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Martin O’Neill, Box Fox and being a winner at 59

A few nights ago, I had after-show drinks with a Sunderland supporter who has recently taken over the role of Songman in the highly – and deservedly – popular West End production War Horse. Bob Fox is someone I know well from my folk music pursuits. He is, like the new manager at the Stadium [...]

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Bendtner and Gary Speed: no case to answer

Salut! Sunderland hopes that when Martin O’Neill presides over his first press conference as Sunderland’s manager this afternoon, he is not drawn into pointless discussion of Nicklas Bendtner’s supposedly disrespectful body language during the pre-match tribute to Gary Speed at Molineux. With carefully manufactured outrage, the website 101greatgoals.com declares that the on-loan forward was seen [...]

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New look for Sunderland, new look for Salut!

Salut! Sunderland has news of its own to announce … It seems somehow fitting that as the appointment of Martin O’Neill ushers in what we hope will be a successful new era for Sunderland AFC, Salut! Sunderland should also present its new face to the world. It should, with luck, make its blushing debut tomorrow [...]

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MON day: a fine start?

M Salut offers some advice to Martin O’Neill on the fines he may wish to consider imposing after yesterday’s defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory at Molineux … The competition – click here – to come up with a new name for Martin O’Neill column at Salut! Sunderland is still open. OK, the new manager does not yet know he’s [...]

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Salut!’s week: Wigan woes, Bruce goes, Wolves foes

Monsieur Salut looks back on a momentous week for all who care about Sunderland AFC … As I began to write this review of the week, we were a day into the post-Bruce era of Sunderland AFC, three days from an important game at Molineux. By the time I finished the first draft (these are [...]

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So we can score goals: Reserves hit 7 past Scunthorpe

The last time I saw Sunderland get seven was against Oxford United under Peter Reid in 1998. Two apiece for Bridges, Dichio and Rae and one from Mickey Gray. Well, the Reserves did it again today, whacking seven past Scunthorpe, as in the Oxford game without reply.

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Reviews of the Season: pathetic, spineless lows but a Montyesque goalkeeping high

The end-of-season reviews continue to flow in. Ken Gambles is another of our writers with a wealth of experience of [...]

The Chapman Report from Chelsea: summer relief for the well-travelled SAFC fan

Bob Chapman brings down the curtain on what we hope has been another season of fine, incisive reporting from each [...]

The highs and lows of Sunderland’s season, at a handy glance

John McCormick writes: regular readers will know that I’ve been tracking the progress of SAFC and other at-risk clubs by [...]

Reviews of the Season: ‘got lucky. Twice as many wins as defeats’

John McCormick writes: when the fixture fairy first waved her wand I thought I might struggle to make more than [...]

Chelsea blues and the decline and fall of Sunderland-Newcastle bragging rights

Pete Sixsmith awarded himself another day off from actually travelling to an expensive away game, settling for Barnes and Benno [...]

Reviews of the Season: blaming the owner, managers, players – and fans

After the excitement tension and ultimate relief of last Wednesday comes a time for cool reflection. Sunderland didn’t peer once [...]