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From the archives: as John O’Shea departs, let’s look back at looking at Paolo

John O'Shea not at SAFC

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith’s piece on the departures of John O’Shea, Robbie Stockdale and Adrian Tucker – a fond farewell but measured and excellently argued – got one or two talking about Paolo Di Canio. ‘JoS stood up to the ridiculous bullying of Di Canio,’ Pete wrote. Jeff, in response, felt PDC went ‘because […]

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From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, what the next season would bring. All three of the North East’s teams were in the relegation mix. We had two games to play, at Portsmouth and the the last of the season against Chelsea […]

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From The Archives: on this day….

Shakespeare: putting words into Malcolm's mouth

John McCormick writes: A Sunday kick off has left us with a little pause before the final game of the season, so I thought I’d go back five years, when Salut looked back a further 40. There is a whole series of posts about that cup final, which you can access via this link. Here […]

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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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From the archives: June, 2009. love, loyalty and Sunderland AFC

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With the dust settling on the election we look back to 2009, and another Salut guest, introduced first by M Salut and then by Pete Sixsmith. This lovely piece reminds us what it’s all about: (more…)

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Didier Ngone – Bye bye Didi, Didi bye bye

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..this afternoon’s announcement that the club has served notice on Didier Ndong, has surely come as no surprise. […]

Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: Oh oh oh it’s Maja…….and a dozen or so others!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..on the walk back to the car yesterday, I saw a yellow legged gull scrapping for a discarded […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it […]

The First Time Ever I saw Your Team: Rochdale

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A couple of days ago I thought I’d got it wrong, writes John McCormick, and should be looking at trains […]

The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

Jesus saves: but did John tap in the rebound? Read on for the full story

Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up […]

Branch Lines: calling all SAFCSA branches. Don’t miss your connection

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For those Sunderland supporters who take the trouble to visit these pages regularly, it will come as no surprise that […]