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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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The Way It Is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is is [...]

Pure Poyetry from Leicester: ‘good encounter … we’ll play worse and win’

A quick edition of the boss’s post-match thoughts, as expressed in his customary e-mail. Others may add to this introduction. [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Leicester City 0 SAFC 0. Can’t beat the strugglers

Pete Sixsmith, whose seven-word instant verdicts enlighten these pages, saw this goalless draw at Leicester as a win we let [...]

Remembering Iain Hesford, of Blackpool, Sunderland, Hull City and Maidstone. RIP

Monsieur Salut writes: Iain Hesford*, SAFC’s goalkeeper in the Third Division title-winning season, has died at the cruelly young age [...]

Sixer asks: must we go to Leicester?

Pete Sixsmith muses over the trip to Leicester which turns out, probably through no fault of its own but more [...]

Graham gone. Jozy going, maybe. But are Wickham & Fletch fixtures?

I have been worrying for a while about our strike force. Until this week, if we leave aside development squad [...]

Leicester vs SAFC Who are You?: (2) ‘never-ending love affair’

Who’d run a football website? Just as we’d settled into some really good readership results, along comes the dreaded passion [...]