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

Jake's Wembley T-shirt

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

Jake: I'm here!

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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Five cup final upsets that give Sunderland hope vs Manchester City

Jake: I'm here!

Every so often, we get the sniff of beer money for the wonderful fellow Sunderland supporters who toil cheerfully at the Salut! Sunderland coalface to produce artciels and images out of the goodness of their hearts. This is such an occasion and Monsieur Salut reckons it’s the turn of Goldy and Gareth, the podcast wizards, […]

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WEMBERLEEEE: Sixer’s Sunderland team to beat Manchester City

gives his all

John McCormick writes: Dennis Tueart was on local TV today, with a clip of his 1976 League Cup Final goal against Newcastle (and I have to say he looked a lot older and he’s lost weight), but that’s all I’ve seen about the final. Maybe both Manchester teams not doing well in Europe has muted […]

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Sunderland vs Manchester City prize Guess the Score: the tension mounts

Back when he was one of ours.

We went early with Guess the Score and have already had a good few entries. Check the replies at http://salutsunderland.com/2014/02/sunderland-vs-manchester-city-prize-guess-the-score-its-their-cup-final/ and see which scorelines remain available. I’d prefer you to leave your predictions there but will regard any here as eligible provided they are the first to nominate a particular result. Read on for a […]

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From our archives, four years ago today: Wembley Countdown, Colin remembers

Jake: 'let's hope we can still trust in Gus'

John McCormick writes:  in 2014 M Salut began a series called “Countdown to Wembley”. Although the date stamp above says 27th Feb the piece below was actually something he wrote on 27th January, just four short years ago. How many managers since? How many trials and tribulations since?  But along with the grief we managed […]

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Countdown to Wembley: Poyet ‘mistaken about our cup and league priorities’

Jake: I'm here!

Peter Lynn – Wrinkly Pete on his own description – was there in 1973 and will be there again on Sunday. Here, he takes issue with Gus Poyet’s comment that winning a cup seemed more important to Sunderland fans than staying up. Tongue in cheek, Pete also calculates how we might have left Arsenal with […]

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Wembley Countdown: in the USA, one in five says Sunderland will win

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According to a straw poll at the US football site Across the Pond – it follows English football, not the quite different American sport – between one in four and one in five readers believes Sunderland will beat Manchester City in the League Cup final. I put that down to my influence. The percentage was […]

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Manchester City Who are You?: ‘1973 memories make hairs stand on end’

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A warm welcome back to these pages to Simon Curtis*, an exile in Portugal who still manages to get to numerous City games. His visit here in late 2012 won second prize in the annual ‘Who are You?’ awards, one judge – Jeremy Robson – hailing ‘the finest Who Are You? article which has ever […]

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Countdown to Wembley: not daring to dream

Back when he was one of ours.

Still they keep coming. Eric Sweeney has not written for Salut! Sunderland for some time but, like so many others, has been spurred into action by the heartwarming Wembley run (s), Gus Poyet’s battling leadership and that familiar enemy – hope … (more…)

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

Jake's back - and so are  Charlton

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

Margaret Byrne

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)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

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