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How dare we? Praising Poll attacks on Villa/Liverpool, Southampton/SAFC commentators

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

The latest in our occasional series that pokes Salut! Sunderland noses into the business of others … Graham Poll was a referee whose apparent excess of self-confidence was often interpreted as arrogance. There was much gloating when his three-card trick – in fact it was one card, the yellow one he showed three times to […]

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How Dare We? SAFC lucky with refs or Untold Arsenal just bonkers?


OK, Untold Arsenal freely acknowledges that it reports on football “from an Arsenal perspective”. Just as we all recall instances of crass refereeing decisions against us in encounters between our clubs, Gooners assume victimhood from other occasions. But this Arsenal site is trying to persuade readers that Sunderland did rather well out of match officials’ […]

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How Dare We? Palace 1 – Watford 0: SuperKev and Justice at Wembley

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

When Sir Kevin put that penalty away to give Palace a foothold in the promised land I found myself wondering if justice was being done. I know Sixer isn’t impressed by Palace, according to his post earlier this month, and I can see where he’s coming from but I don’t think Watford, sited inside the […]

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How Dare We? Sir Alex Ferguson: a correction and a tribute

Coming our way soon: SAFC as encapsulated by Jake.

Salut! Sunderland, in common with other corners of the world of communication, may have given the impression in past coverage of Manchester United that it regards Sir Alex Ferguson as an ill-tempered, boorish bully who considers football a game to be played according exclusively to his rules, his timekeeping, his interpretation of a handsomely rewarded […]

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How dare we? Suarez, Rodgers and the surreal Planet Liverpool

Jake's stars in our eyes - and up some noses!

Another bit of impudent posturing in our occasional series of daring to intrude on the private grief of others … No Liverpool supporter or official has yet, so far as I am aware, suggested that Luis Suarez’s strange habits with his teeth confirm not a weakness for all manner of foul play, or an interest […]

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How dare we? Where Man Utd lead others will follow.

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

  John McCormick writes: I was supposed to be enjoying the onset of Spring in the Yorkshire Dales. It wasn’t quite like that, and the internet connection I had was also short on promise. Never mind, I’ve negotiated the weather and the M6 and am once again able to bring you my thoughts. In this […]

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How Dare We? Will the real Gareth Bale, Tottenham’s sinning saint, stand up?

Jake on the art of communication

Salut! Sunderland has always felt perfectly entitled to stick its nose into other people’s business. We’re Sunderland supporters but also have views on football generally, whether it’s Pete Sixsmith after one of his non-league excursions or Ken Gambles demanding compulsory wearing of pink mittens by shirtpullers and goggles by divers of all teams. These impertinent […]

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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 […]

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

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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 […]