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Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal. These Manchester Men matter, if only a little

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?'

Buy from the Salut! Amazon link at Monsieur Salut writes: It is not often that Salut! Sunderland‘s parent (or should that be geriatric?) site Salut draws more hits. It got close today because of the magic words in the headline (world-renowned managers of football clubs that have become global brands). There wasn’t much chance […]

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Sunderland v Liverpool, Varga v McAllister: perhaps football’s finest dive

Just a spot of fun with a serious subplot. Whenever Liverpool visit the Stadium of Light, it offers an opportunity to recall the most accomplished dive many of us have ever seen. And what is more, it worked, fooling a seasoned ref and gaining Liverpool a draw. We’ll get on to Gary McAllister in a […]

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Everton’s Martinez and Deulofeu: what is right and wrong about football

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?'

A man with previous? Roberto Martinez is an admirable manager who appears to be doing an excellent job with Everton. Everton, if their more high-minded supporters can bear to hear this, are a club Sunderland fans can identify with. And their club walloped ours on Sunday after we had flattered to deceive only to crumble […]

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The ugly face of corporate football: Newcastle, Swindon, Blackpool and now Rangers

The long road. By Jake

Question: what is it about the appalling suits who run much of football that makes them think they and their clubs are above criticism? Answer: a mixture of control freakery, arrogance and sheer stupidity (more…)

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Do they mean us? An ‘unsympathetic’ Arsenal view of Sunderland

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?'

What is it about Arsenal? Some of us like them as a club, certainly by comparison with the rest of the London mob, and a few of us think the world of Arsène Wenger, myopia and all. But when it comes to talking about us, some Gooners do have a special way with condescension. Forget […]

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How Dare We? Ugly Aston Villa-WBA scenes were troubling but unrepresentative

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?'

The events of Saturday evening in the Midlands offered a salutary reminder that while football hooligans may have been tamed, they have not completely gone away. But let’s not get things out of perspective; the worst of the dark age is just a nasty memory … (more…)

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You thought football had left the neanderthal age? See these Chelsea fans …

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?'

NB: what you see above is just an impression of the clip: since The Guardian has chosen to block access via YouTube to footage it should want the world to see, I will use the BBC link suggested by Phil in the comment below. See it at The bad news is that this happened […]

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How Dare We? A letter from Liverpool (and Everton, wherever that is)

red blue

Colin Randall writes: John McCormick supports Sunderland, of course, but lives in Liverpool. Even if he did not, he’d be entitled to a view about Liverpool/Everton stadium plans. After all, we’ve all been, or most of us have, to Anfield and Goodison. Here is what John makes of the interminable ramblings in Scouseland about where […]

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Malky and messages?

no slide rule needed

I was in the Lakes when it happened, Ian Moody resigning and then Malky not taking the job he hadn’t been offered; at least that’s how I interpreted the brief glances at TV screens as I wandered Keswick and its environs looking for news about Fabio and his non-arrival. It was much to do about […]

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French Fancies: PSG demand an early bath from football for Butting Brandão

Jake: l'artist

Any day now, we may hear from some football official in Sao Paulo, having taken lessons from the Uruguayan FA following the Luis Suarez biting scandal, that Europeans just don’t understand Latin American footballing traditions. There are clues as to what possessed Bastia’s Brazilian Evaeverson Lemos da Silva, commonly known as Marlon Brandão, to lie […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North-East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home games […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]

SAFC vs PNE Guess the Score: the Coleman factor and keeping faith

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Monsieur Salut writes: here’s another Guess the Score. Pete Sixsmith may or may not enter but is already fearful of […]