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Sunderland vs Leeds: 41 years have flown by

From the wall of my bunker in France

As the FA Cup 3rd round looms, and just for the memories, here are some jottings that have cropped up here in the eight years since Salut! Sunderland was created … Forty-one years on from our great triumph at Wembley, 77 years after we had last done it and a shorter time, though still too […]

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Sunderland’s 1973 victory parade: mistaking Sobs’s trainer for Porterfield’s golden boot

From the wall of my bunker in France

See all Salut! Sunderland’s articles recalling May 5 1973 and the run that took SAFC to FA Cup glory: http://salutsunderland.com/category/fa-cup/may-5-1973/ Bill Taylor could not make the final and watched it instead at his parents’ home in Bishop Auckland. His dad had been at Wembley for the previous Sunderland FA Cup-winning final, against Preston North End […]

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Sunderland, Leeds and Wembley 1973: a Frenchman in search of the Roker Roar

The latest edition of French Fancies is special and timely, a must for any Sunderland supporter who happens to be studying – or knows a little of – the language of Molière. Entrez, s’il vous plaît, our new friend Kevin Quigagne, who is French but has been in England for 21 years, lives in the […]

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Sunderland and Wembley 1973: not just about us. Leeds fans remember

From an old birthday card sent to Monsieur Salut

The Leeds fan, “yorxman”, who posted his silly Yah Boo comment to one of our FA Cup Final 40th anniversary pieces, did at least have a point in implying we were sad to have to go back so long for anything to celebrate. Members of the London and SE branch of the Sunderland AFC Supporters’ […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: FA Cup Final 1973 (8): SAFC 1 Leeds United 0 turns world upside down

Each matchday, Pete Sixsmith – or a supersub in his absence – summarises the outcome and/or performance with a seven-word verdict, invariably followed by his considered Soapboax report. Today, May 5, though not literally, he’s been up to London to see the … Team of All The Talents, Bob Stokoe’s valiant men in red and […]

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Sunderland, Leeds and Wembley 1973 (9): Sixer’s Soapbox on a day of glory

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Pete Sixsmith***** was there. Monsieur Salut was not, having been repeatedly promised a ticket by a drunken colleague whose work gave him close contact with Wembley. The promises continued right up to May 4 but the ticket did not materialise.. A fabulous day all the same, even if you had to watch it in an […]

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Sunderland, Leeds and Wembley 1973. Part 7: when (nearly) all the world loved us

From an old birthday card sent to Monsieur Salut

Memories keep flooding back. If you’re old enough, they are your own, If not, you’ve had them handed down. Even Sunderland supporters well under 40 have a clear notion of what is must have been like – what it was like – 40 years ago today, Ken Gambles, from the first category, offers his own […]

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Sunderland, Leeds and Wembley 1973. Part 6: May 5, our Agincourt

Shakespeare: putting words into Malcolm's mouth

You may have thought John McCormick stretched things somewhat when he wrote about his trip to the 1973 semi-final. He disagrees, having retained a fairly clear memory of that remarkable day 40 years on. When it comes to the final itself, John says, things are much more cloudy leaving his recall of that particular weekend […]

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Sunderland, Leeds and Wembley 1973. Part 5: Jimmy Montgomery ‘lived the dream’

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Continuing our series of reminiscences of May 5 1973, Salut! Sunderland talks – thanks to the excellent Jeanette Sutton (nee Coyle) – to Jimmy Montgomery. Check out the generic link – http://salutsunderland.com/category/fa-cup/may-5-1973 – for commemorative items you may have missed. Monty was not alone; there were 10 other heroes that day against Leeds united – […]

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Sunderland, Leeds and Wembley 1973. Part 4: when everyone willed us to win

From an old birthday card sent to Monsieur Salut

This was Pete Sixsmith‘s review of Lance Hardy’s book** about the 1973 FA Cup Final. It appeared at Salut! Sunderland in December 2009 but bears repeating as part of our 40th anniversary series. On May 5 1973, there were no neutrals. Everyone outside Leeds wanted Sunderland to win the FA Cup Final. Here, Pete – […]

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The first time ever I saw your ground: Aston Villa and Villa Park

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John McCormick writes: I suspected this would be one of the grounds that Pete Sixsmith counts among his favourites. After […]

Chris Coleman and the gentle art of Sumo

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In 1991 Chionofuji Mitsugo announced his retirement as a Sumo wrestler. He had had more than 1,000 wins, which included […]

Sixer’s Millwall Soapbox: Black Cats can’t see off the Lions

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….I’m starting to get worried. Following on from the shining example of scribemeister Pete Sixsmith, I have embarked […]

New man for Sunderland hot seat, an older man on the A list

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

  Colin Randall writes: About the only way I could get through the first half of the Millwall game, even […]

Sixer’s Sevens. For the record, Millwall exploit our defensive frailty

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Pete Sixsmith will soon be excused duty from Salut! Sunderland in order to carry out his traditional Santa tasks but […]

Poll closes on Sunderland managership issue as Coleman appointment looms

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Well that was a waste of everyone’s time. As Sunderland dawdled towards an appointment, our poll attracted just under 100 […]