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Another one from the archives: Ken Gambles and some childhood heroes

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John McCormick writes: With a traveller like Pete Sixsmith on our books we’re always going to be able to tell a tale or two to enthrall our readers, and it’s no surprise that Pete’s home and away  “First Time” series have gone down great guns. But Pete’s not the only one with long memories and […]

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Gambles Rambles: duplicity and a lack of decency in Maja’s departure

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..In the wake of Josh Maja’s departure, there are those of us who accept that he had the right to go, even if it has left us a bit thin in the goal scoring department, but if anything it represents a good deal for the club who might have seen him leave for […]

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Rate the Ref: Sunderland v Bradford City

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Our biggest gate of the season (so far). Will  it produce more votes on the Ken-meter than the 42 we got between the poll going live after Portsmouth and the site crashing? Some of those 42 may have been Portsmouth fans, judging by the range of ratings. It was the first time the full scale […]

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Ken’s Kategories: Your chance to rate the ref at Walsall

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John McCormick writes: Ken Gambles posed an interesting problem on Thursday. How do we rate refereeing? More explicitly, How do we rate refereeing in League One? A few of our readers liked his idea and the 10 point scale he suggested so we’ve decided to give it a go. (more…)

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League One referees: ‘they don’t all know what they’re doing’

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Monsieur Salut writes: ‘you’re not fit to referee’, ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’, ‘the referee’s a w*****’. How often have we heard and/or joined in such chants? I even recall my brother piping up once in the Sunderland away end and he’s a qualified ref (albeit in rugby). It hardly seems to matter that […]

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

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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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Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

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One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may succumb to pressures of other demands on this time and forget ever receiving it. Another is that ensuing events may render the most incisive thoughts out-of-date/ Ken Gambles fell into the first trap. As for […]

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A whinge and a prayer. From Blunderland defending to Alice in Sunderland finance

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Ken Gambles makes a welcome return to writing action with some thoughts he wish he didn’t feel the need to express …     Following Saturday’s abject defeat with yet two more worthy entries for the Bumper Book of Comic Defending, a number of questions raised themselves.  First up * what is the point of going to […]

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Crystal Palace fan commissioned by Hibernian to design a Lego Stadium of Light

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Salut! Sunderland is awash with people who have taught the nation’s young (to which may be added those, like Monsieur Salut, who proved impossible to teach). And today is a day for former pupils. Pete Sixsmith, away watching this and that in Tenby, promises one of his will be submitting  a report from last night’s […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: Hi Ho Silver Lining, the one breaking through the clouds

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A calamitous season was followed by the calculated torpor of close-season inactivity at SAFC. Suddenly, we moved forward a little, the would-be German takeover collapsing and Simon Grayson arriving as manager. Ken Gambles  isn’t getting carried away but sees reason for cautious optimism and offers a proud comparison with the (presumaby pre-Chinese, pre-Russian sponsorship) Bundesliga […]

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Sunderland vs Portsmouth: a question of points no longer in our hands

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Even as I wrote last week that we would remain masters of our destiny and go up automatically provided we […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Peterborough make their point against Sunderland

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John McCormick is editing this in Liverpool, where one of the clubs could win the Champions League, not to mention […]

Sixer’s Peterborough sevens. Bitterly disappointing

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Is there another twist to come? With only two or three games left time is not on our side, and […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth ‘Who are You?’: a buildup that began in December

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THIS interview, from just before our 3-1 defeat at Fratton Park in December, was among many items lost when the […]

Jim Baxter: Dave Parnaby’s Appreciation

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Pete Sixsmith provides the introduction to today’s guest: Dave Parnaby is a Kelloe lad who started following Sunderland in the […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Peterborough United, London Road and the ABAX stadium

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John McCormick writes: It was an easy walk from our house to the railway bridge where, if you timed it […]

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