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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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End of season reviews: (7) A Sunderland sequence … 6-6-3-5-5-2-2-1

Ken Gambles: 'would a Gooner rhyme my surname with stumbles?'

Ken Gambles has paid the price of being too conscientious. Ken’s end-of-season review arrived so quickly that by the time we got round to publishing the series, Monsieur Salut had completely forgotten it. Apologies to Ken. But now sit back and appreciate, later than intended, his thoughts – and a heartening conclusion even if one […]

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Gambles Rambles: time to punish timewasters and ban late substitutions

Ken Gambles: bringing more positivity to the SoL

One minor regret of our 10 seasons in the Premier League is that this spell ends without the authorities taking up the ingenious suggestions from our own Ken Gambles of making shirt-pullers wear bright pink knitted mittens and divers pull on goggles. Undeterred, Ken has come up with other thoughts on rule changes, this time […]

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Season reviews (6): one bound and free

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..in the sixth of our end of season reviews Ken Gambles brings back memories of Saturday mornings at the Houghton Essoldo, when no matter which end of the packet of Smith’s crisps you opened, the little blue bag was always at the other and you had to rummage through the contents before you […]

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How a SAFC supporter came to review Arsenal poetry for Leeds and Fulham fans

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Our regular correspondent Ken Gambles goes off-piste to get poetry, football and Leeds United into the same story. Already mystified? Wondering what might rhyme with Dirty Leeds? Let Ken take up the story … (more…)

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‘Dennis’ says ‘Why oh Why?’ Things to ponder in the summer break

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

Malcolm Dawson writes….it’s the silly season and all quiet on the transfer front. The Copa America and the Under 21 Euro’s will have something to do with the lack of finalised activity so far and many of the rumours will be no more than that, started by agents and clubs hoping to up the value […]

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The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles: bringing more positivity to the SoL

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some of the giants of English football seen in his student days. Let Ken reacquaint older readers with – and introduce younger ones to – some of the players who gave him such pleasure without ever […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: Yes to Mannone’s humility, a resounding No to moneyback culture

Ken Gambles: 'would a Gooner rhyme my surname with stumbles?'

Just as old cynics – step forward Ken Gambles and also M Salut – were wondering what sort of reception Vito Mannone got in the dressing-room when he took the hat round for refunds for the fans (£50,000, £60,000, £70,000 in all or am I way out?), safc.com put out a statement saying this grand […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: cheering ‘our’ Liverpool man, but the loan system is wrong

Ken Gambles: bringing more positivity to the SoL

Ken Gambles takes a look at the loan system that has given us three of our summer recruits. And he doesn’t like it a bit … (more…)

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Sixer’s Bradford Soapbox: Jeremain Lens a consummate artist

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>Malcolm Dawson writes…….Pete Sixsmith took another one of his short breaks to visit a new non-league ground, sample a few pints […]

Sixer’s Bradford Seven: Lens and Khazri excellent in friendly win

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Malcolm Dawson writes…… following his trip to Nottingham where Pete Sixsmith saw Shildon AFC come away with a two all […]

Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

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The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]

On Sunderland beating Hartlepool 2-1 and Mannone ‘heading for Reading’

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This is not really Sixer’s Sevens, much as it relies on Pete Sixsmith’s reflections from Victoria Park, where Sunderland’s pre-season […]