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Sunderland Review of the Season: (4) a mixed start to O’Neill era

Pete Sixsmith

This season, Monsieur Salut has decided not to offer his own end-of-season report. Not because he felt so demotivated at the end of it, though he did, but because it is not really fair to make such an appraisal on too few games attended and the rest followed by a combination of consistently admirable coverage […]

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Sunderland end-of-season reviews: (3) the hope of glory shines on

Jake catches MON thinking of strikers

Salut! Sunderland sees great writing every week from subscribers to the Blackcats e-mail list. But in perhaps another sign of the flat end-of-season feelings induced by SAFC’s uninspiring finale, almost none responded to an invitation to offer their reflections here. Nic Wiseman**, once co-editor of a SAFC fanzine and these days a professional gardener, bucked […]

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Game of the Season: the road to Wigan’s peerless joy

Drinks from this brewery are on Jake. Maybe

With apologies for the laboured pun – and M Salut promises not to add, ”Or Well, what did you expect?” – we present the third of Luke Harvey’s series of defining moments in the season just ended. We’ve had Signing of the Season and Opponents of the Season. Here is Luke’s Game of the Season […]

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Sunderland end of term reviews (2): ‘no beaten army, just battle fatigue’

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Perhaps we’ve heard too many bleatings from Sunderland fans that we were the most boring team in the Premier, finished three places lower than the maligned Steve Bruce managed and really just slipped back into old ways. In our latest review of the 2011-2012 season, Bill Taylor strikes a much more positive note … This […]

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Sunderland End-of-Season Reviews: (1) we wanted him, we got him

Jake as Tony Roffe's caption writer

Jake steps from behind his New Age easel and describes in words the season he has been drawing so cleverly for these pages. It doesn’t matter that the season is not quite over; win, lose or draw in the final challenge, v Man Utd tomorrow, it has been ( as Jake, anonymous in his exile […]

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Luke’s World: how a second Irish revolution refuelled the faith

Luke rips the shirt from Bardo's back

Luke Harvey is Salut! Sunderland’s youngest regular writer but has already seen two Irish revolutions at the Stadium of Light. It may be a trifle early for end-of-season reviews, but Luke has been reflecting on a bumpy ride to safety – and the hope of something more glorious to come … (more…)

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Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Soapbox: not enough to pass the test but A for effort

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..there were plenty of positives to take from last night’s game, both on and off the field. Off […]

Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Seven: out but not disgraced

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Pete Sixsmith was not to be found in the matchday (matchnight?) programme for the League Cup game against the Owls. […]

Sunderland vs Scunthorpe United prize Guess the Score: more goals for Maja?

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

The congestion of this week and next – with games tonight, Sunday and next Wednesday – means there’ll be an […]

Scunthorpe United Who are You? Magical Beagrie, woeful refs, Sunderland revival prospects

Jake: 'you need a long memory'

Monsieur Salut writes: this edition of Who are You? appears out of sequence, with a league cup game to be […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (in the League Cup): Sheffield Wednesday

Promotion at first attempt!

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote about Sheffield Wednesday last season, as you no doubt remember. Today he makes a brief […]

Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]