Archive | Euro 2012 RSS feed for this section

McCormick’s Craic: where was England’s flair?

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

Spain stutters through to the final, France ponders the rights and wrongs of stripping surly players of their bonuses and, once again, the national side leaves a major competition, outplayed and outclassed. John McCormick, on furlough in Westmorland, reflects upon the words of his wife and asks “where’s the flair?”… (more…)

Read More 5 Comments

Au revoir Angleterre, goodbye France: Nasri’s parting shame, England’s limited game

Image: Gene Hunt Late news: big debate brewing in France on whether certain players – the suspects, by and large and overlooking the squad’s surly return to French soil, are identified below – should receive their €100,000-a-man bonuses for reaching the last eight … The first thing to say is that Euro 2012 seems to […]

Read More 3 Comments

Euro 2012, rooting for Roy: ‘how wrong I was, even about England’

Tony Roffe, Jake and a magnificent bridge combine for art's sake

If Pete Sixsmith only knew how few people would bother to stray here, he might not have delayed his departure for the Stadium of Light and Bruce Springsteen long enough to rattle off some thoughts on his developing fondness for the Euros. But I am glad he did … (more…)

Read More 31 Comments

Euro 2012: Nothing to fear England?

Another of Jake's Salut! banners

A new contributer, Josh Galley*, gives us his impressions of the opening salvos of Euro 2012 and the new manager’s approach to the task in hand. Reflecting on the build up and the first few fixtures, Josh has seen plenty of positives but isn’t yet ready to go overboard … (more…)

Read More 18 Comments

Euro 2012: so far, not bad despite Mexican waves and the commentariat

salut sunburst copy

Pete Sixsmith gave a chilly welcome to the start of the tournament but is beginning to warm to it, even the commentary and punditry are challenging his blood pressure … (more…)

Read More 6 Comments

France 1 England 1: just like watching Chelsea – or Sunderland

Jake: l'artist

It has now become officially fashionable – that is to say permitted by the BigClubCentric sportswriters – to regard defence as a proper part of playing football. (more…)

Read More 7 Comments

France versus England – and a French John Motson with attitude

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

The French media build-up to tomorrow’s game, England v France, has dwelt on England’s great capacity to disappoint in high competition, the injuries and disruptions to Roy Hodgson’s squad and the confidence derived from a long unbeaten run and some striking French form in the last few friendlies. (more…)

Read More 5 Comments

Interest rate at all time low in Eurozone

Pete Sixsmith

With all the news of crisis in the financial institutions of the Eurozone, Pete Sixsmith’s anticipation of football’s equivalent matches his enthusiasm for the Jubilee. It’s not even as if he could appreciate the long bank holiday now he is no longer required to clock in for work everyday. Durham County Cricket Club’s dismal start […]

Read More 12 Comments

Adieu Martin Bain

Follow the Lads at

Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it […]

SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut couldn’t be in Sunderland today but pieces together the bits he has gleaned about the confirmed purchase of […]

That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

Promotion at first attempt!

  No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

Salut Banner3(featured image)

There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

From_Our_Archives_featured _image

John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]