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A Wembley a Day. When Man City did what Man United couldn’t

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John McCormick writes: should I be surprised or not that Lee Cattermole is the only survivor of our last trip to Wembley? After all, it was five years – or six managers, not including two caretakers – ago? We fans are much more constant aren’t we, which brings me to Pete Sixsmith, who before he […]

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A Wembley a Day. Not Sunderland, not once-mighty Leeds, but no less northern for all that

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You might be forgiven for having expected Pete Sixsmith to write solely about Sunderland’s trips to Wembley in this series. Then after reading his first post in the series and remembering where he’s from you might have anticipated another mention of Leeds at some point.  But Pete is more than this, a true man of […]

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A Wembley a Day: after Sunderland beat Newcastle, along came Swindon

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John McCormick writes: I occasionally write about North-Western clubs and their tribulations on this website, but other than that I pay little heed to goings on in the football world outside the SoL. It came as something of a surprise to me when Swindon had their promotion rescinded and we went up instead. If you […]

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A Wembley a Day: when Norwich had a better season than Sunderland – but not by much

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John McCormick writes: 1985, Liverpool. Someone in a taxi had kindly left a redundancy notice with my name on it at the door of  my workplace. I had two very young kids. I’d just moved house, only to be clobbered by a series of mortgage rate rises – 13.5 per cent springs to mind – […]

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A Wembley a Day. When the Scots Wha Haed on the crossbar

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Scots have been linked with Sunderland from the days of James Gillespie, our most capped international, who was plying his trade down here at the opening of the Forth Bridge. In the century that followed they became feared as a footballing nation, and long after mighty Celtic had stormed fortress Europe, they were still able […]

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A Wembley a Day: the one where the Wearsiders vanquished the mighty Leeds

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A WEMBLEY A DAY If you were born on May 6 1973 or on any day since then, you will have never experienced the thrill of being on this planet on the day a Sunderland team brought home a trophy from Wembley Stadium, writes Malcolm Dawson, Salut! Sunderland‘s deputy editor. All of your regular contributors […]

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A Wembley a Day: long before Portsmouth came Huddersfield and Wakefield Trinity

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A WEMBLEY A  DAY Regular visitors to Salut! Sunderland will know that our star contributor, the tireless Pete Sixsmith, has for the past two seasons been producing a twin series of articles entitled ‘The First Time Ever’ in which he recalls the first ever time he went along to the home grounds of the teams we […]

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Countdown to Wembley: Sunderland cup finals started with Aston Villa

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Monsieur Salut writes: tomorrow, one week before Sunderland meet Portsmouth in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy final, Pete Sixsmith opens a mini-series on his own acquaintance with Wembley. He wasn’t at Sunderland’s first cup final and nor even was I. We both had other things to do, like waiting to be born. It would be a […]

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Keir’s Here: how Sunderland should go about beating Manchester City

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Keir Bradwell had us worried. A 12-year-old Sunderland fan about to knock spots off the old codgers who live here more or less permanently! Happily, he turns out to have had his 13th birthday. Sixer and Monsieur Salut can feel slighty better about the new kid on the block. He is mightily welcome. And here, […]

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The day’s nearly here: let Sunderland shock Manchester City

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Here’s a gallery of Jake’s Wembley related images, plus one of Paul “Sobs” Dobson with the FA Cup.. Tonight Monsieur Salut and Jake will meet for the first time, at an eve-of-final soiree thrown by the SAFCSA London and SE branch. That he has a ticket – and has raided the piggy bank for his […]

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Simon Grayson, Steve Bruce, Ahmed Elmohamady, David Meyler, Paul McShane: a Hull of a connection

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John McCormick writes Did we get rid of Simon Grayson too early? There are some stats that say we could […]

Sunderland’s retained list: Who’s yet to take a walk? Who’s yet to arrive at our doors?

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We know there’s a lot of rebuilding to do. We know we have some expensive players on our books who […]

Salut! Sunderland presents: The best goal I ever scored/never scored

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John McCormick writes: It was M Salut himself who got me going, but only after Malcolm had chipped in with […]

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