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

Ken Gambles: was PDC so bad?

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: was PDC so bad?

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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Summer Gold: (2) goggles for Robben, pink mittens for shirt-tuggers

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This photograph from the Flickr files of the National Media Museum may or may not show Arjen Robben making one last attempt to perfect his technique ahead of tonight’s World Cup semi-final against Argentina. Our Summer Gold series, recalling timeless highlights from Salut! Sunderland‘s archives, harks back to August 2011 and Ken Gambles‘s entertaining manifesto […]

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Gambles Rambles: a cry for fairness on Paolo Di Canio

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

Is it possible to believe both that Ellis Short was utterly right to dismiss Paolo Di Canio when he did and that not every scathing appraisal of PDC was fair? Ken Gambles regards the merits of the sacking to be proper ground for debate but finds unjust and unpleasant the almost cliched view of the […]

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Wembley and Safe (4): no Leeds, Blackburn and Middlesbrough after all

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

Ken Gambles does not write often enough for Salut! Sunderland but when he does, it’s worth reading (his call for football cheats to be made to wear pink mittens was priceless). Here’s his view on the season, with some end-of-term awards and gripes of his own … (more…)

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AAARGH to Crystal Palace, from Queen’s Palace rumpus to today’s Crystal Pulis

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

Ken Gambles would love to agree with CSB, who predicts a 5-0 home win at Guess the Score. The idea of playing Palace in such a crucial encounter just fills him with apprehension. Snap out of it, Ken, and keep the faith! Probably my fondest memory of Palace is from the 1970s when Gerry Queen […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: raging against the machine (part 2)

Jake, SAFC and Salut

Ken Gambles is a man with a spleen to vent. In part one of his rage against the people in power, he took issue with the FA and the media. This time around he goes global taking FIFA to task and the media again, for what he sees as its influence over the events of […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: raging against the Premiership machine (part 1)

Another Tony Roffe/Jake collaboration: but do you need to be born in its shadow to support SAFC?

Arsenal fans have their own conspiracy theory so why should we be any different? In the first part of a rant, begun before the upheaval of last weekend, Ken Gambles has a go at the “Old Boys Network” of the F.A. and the mainstream media. Is there, as he suspects, a concerted ganging up against […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: pleasing developments at Harrogate Town

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

Salut! Sunderland had two contributors at Harrogate Town last evening, where the Development Squad defeated the home side by two goals to one. Ken Gambles’ account follows When you’ve finished that, if you haven’t done so already, you can read Pete Sixsmith’s take on the game here. In a most competitive, enjoyable contest Sunderland U21s […]

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The bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?

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And so we have it: the fixtures are out. You’ll be getting your fill of dates, and conjecture from all […]

Alim Ozturk gets the traditional Salut! Sunderland welcome

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

No time for much else, but Salut! Sunderland could not let the signing of Alim Ozturk – our first acquisition […]

Charlton at home to start. Seaside promotion party at Southend to finish?

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Monsieur Salut introduces the full fixtures list for next season, starting with Charlton at home, remembers an ambitious pre-match request […]

World Cup Diaries: (4) Moscow en fête as Russians celebrate another big win

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

Our Boro-suppporting World Cup diarist – Monsieur Salut’s nephew, Andy Falconer – changes city. After revealing in the beauty of […]

Sunderland’s Spanish conquest: ‘the essence of English football in its purest sense’

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

This well-researched and, for Sunderland fans, heartwarming slice of football history was written by David Hewitt, a PhD researcher in […]

The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]