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Hutch’s patch from Leeds: Olivia checks in as we (just about) check out

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Rob Hutchison was driving, he told Olivia, who texted Colin, who group e-mailed asking if anyone could put this up and I (John Mac) picked up the message. That’s teamwork. Did we see any teamwork at Elland Road? I thought we were OK, Pete’s seven word text suggests we did and now we have some […]

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Hutch’s one word ratings from Millwall, with a message for Fletcher

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John McCormick writes: Rob Hutchison, or maybe his daughter Olivia, sent his post-match verdict to M Salut, who sent it on to me. Short and sweet it is; like the aforementioned Olivia and certainly not like me or that other Short we’ve come to question. And all the better for that: (more…)

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Hutch’s one-worders from Bristol City 3-3 SAFC. How equaliser made a daughter’s day

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Usually, if he’s there, Rob Hutchison dictates one-word player-by-player verdicts and his daughter Olivia passes them on to us. Today, he was absent. She was there – and how she enjoyed the last few minutes of a game we once seems destined to lose by a cricket score. ‘The worst 45 minutes of football followed […]

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Hutch’s one-word ratings from Cardiff: hang your heads in shame Sunderland

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Olivia Hutchison has done nothing to deserve the pain inflicted on her by Sunderland AFC when she goes with her dad, Rob, to games, mostly away since they live in the south. Last year, you’ll recall, she even jumped out of a plane to raise funds for the Bradley Lowery fund. Yet today she was […]

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Hutch’s One-word ratings from Nottingham Forest v Sunderland

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John McCormick writes: Rob Hutchison did his one-words verdicts, passed them to Olivia, who forwarded them to M Salut, who put them into an email in the hope that someone would be able to get them up before tomorrow, which will be very busy. And I just happened to pick up the e-mail. Teamwork, eh. […]

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Hutch’s one-word ratings after Aston Villa defeat: who was drab, who was ‘crablike’?

Jake: 'is it to be Coleman delivers?'

Monsieur Salut writes: had I been able to make it – up for me, from London – for Chris Coleman’s first game in charge, I would have met up with not only Peter Sixsmith but Rob Hutchison and his daughter Olivia, all three familiar figures around these parts. My apologies for absence reached the Hutchisons […]

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Hutch’s Hull City verdict: Olivia says hello, and keep clear of the Balti pies

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Rob Hutchison: far away at the time. Still travelling Hutch is back. If not in person then via a very welcome proxy. Olivia, Rob Hutchison‘s daughter, texted Colin post-game with a message and his one-word verdicts on our performances today. First, the message: One wordies are back! A long way to go to give up […]

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Hutch’s Patch: the despair of one boy’s plea to Moyes after Chelsea

M Salut: I trust dad was keeping a close eye on this ...

Rob Hutchison is not always restricted to one-word, one-mark ratings after games he’s (mostly) seen us lose. Scenes at Stamford Bridge after Sunday’s thrashing caught his eye … (more…)

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Hutch’s Patch post-Chelsea: ‘culpable, fragile, tragic’ – match the words and players

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Rob Hutchison – inexplicably renamed Ron when this first appeared – gets to lots of games, almost all of them away since he’s exiled in the south. He and his daughter, Olivia, enjoy the day out, like meeting up with old and new friends and then – for the most part – endure the football. […]

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Hutch’s one-word ratings after Bournemouth defeat

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Rob Hutchison – or should we say Olivia’s dad? – went Monsieur Salut’s route and found an internet stream. These are his one-word verdicts on the team, plus this succinct summary: ‘thank goodness that’s over’ … he somehow missed out Manquillo and Khazri so I have volunteered entries … Pickford 7 faultless Love 4 loveless […]

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Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith

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Monsieur Salut, aka Colin Randall, writes: in my brief time in Abu Dhabi, I saw more of Sunderland live than […]

Sixer’s Burton Albion Soapbox: Brewers highlight our lack of Pedigree

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There is a dark cloud over Sixsmith Towers this morning – both literally and metaphorically. The English language can be […]

Sunderland statement: right words, nowhere near good enough

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It bears the hallmarks of a statement dictated by Martin Bain (CEO) and tidied up in the press office. It […]

Down and down again. A sorry day to be a Sunderland supporter

Promotion at first attempt!

Monsieur Salut writes: this is obviously the grimmest evening, in footballing terms, since Salut! Sunderland was created back at the […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Hell, Bent on relegation as Burton come back

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You could see it coming, couldn’t you. Darren Bent comes on with 15 minutes left and equalises with two minutes […]

Arsenal’s chief whinger Piers Morgan applauds Wenger? Pass the sick bag

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

It has often been said that putting a top manager in charge of Sunderland, or recruiting such players as Messi […]