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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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Hutch’s Patch: one-word ratings from Watford make for grim reading

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Rob Hutchison might have picked a better day to resume his one-word ratings, usually from away games since they are the ones he mostly attends. His verdicts – one word, one mark out of 10 – closely follow those of Monsieur Salut (for ESPN) … (more…)

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Hutch’s Patch: Crystal Palace – big in Saigon

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*******       CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ENLARGE FOR A CLEARER VIEW       ******* Rob Hutchison, as most of us know, is a man of relatively few words. His one-word, one-mark ratings after each Sunderland game he attends (mostly the aways) can be caustic and cruel,  or more rarely ecstatic and […]

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Rob’s one word ratings. Who got a 4?

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Rob Hutchison recovered from the London Branch 50th birthday party and then found something else to celebrate. Here are his one-word ratings from the Palace match (or mismatch if you like). They’re a bit better than those we’ve become accustomed to and doesn’t it feel good that they are so well merited? (more…)

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SAFC London Branch welcomes Bains, Ball and Moyes pre-Palace

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..what with M Salut galavanting around the Orient and me having body parts and invasive extras removed in Sunderland Royal last week, it has fallen to John McCormick to keep the site ticking over and a stirling job he’s done too. But I’m home now and though the bulk of the post Palace […]

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WBA v SAFC: Rob’s one word ratings – we’re toast kids

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We weren’t expecting much more were we? The positive predictions in “Guess the Score” were surely the result of optimistic loyalty and the truth is we are a poor side with scant resources and a manager whose best King Canute efforts are not stopping the tide of impending doom. Our single word summariser Rob Hutchison […]

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The Devil’s Advocate: stop squealing, stick together. And Eric Roy agrees

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Rob Hutchison keeps it short and, well, you can judge the sweetness … and our much-admired former midfielder Eric Roy tells us to be patient with the new or newish players … ‘Tis the season of peace and goodwill to all men, the season to be jolly, full of glad tidings and merriment. Not in […]

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Hutch’s Patch: some grumpy Sunderland ratings from Swansea

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Rob Hutchison dictated his one-word ratings to his daughter Olivia as they returned, subdued, from south-west Wales. ‘He’s rather grumpy,’ she reports. Both worried the poor performanced represented a ‘return to type’ – but both heartily praised supporters of both sides for the Bradley Lowery chant on five minutes: ‘brought tears to my eyes,’ though […]

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Devil’s Advocate: Ndong in Gabon and a few home truths

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Rob Hutchison is a man of few words when sending us his post match ratings but every now and then he expands his thinking and tackles the issues that we might bounce about in the pub over a few bevvies. Today in the latest of his offerings where he plays devil’s advocate, he […]

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Sunderland vs Portsmouth Who are You? ‘We should be runaway favourites by now’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Peter Allen is my very good pal and partner-in-crime (if that’s the right way to describe our […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth: a question of points no longer in our hands

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Even as I wrote last week that we would remain masters of our destiny and go up automatically provided we […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Peterborough make their point against Sunderland

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John McCormick is editing this in Liverpool, where one of the clubs could win the Champions League, not to mention […]

Sixer’s Peterborough sevens. Bitterly disappointing

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Is there another twist to come? With only two or three games left time is not on our side, and […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth ‘Who are You?’: a buildup that began in December

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THIS interview, from just before our 3-1 defeat at Fratton Park in December, was among many items lost when the […]

Jim Baxter: Dave Parnaby’s Appreciation

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Pete Sixsmith provides the introduction to today’s guest: Dave Parnaby is a Kelloe lad who started following Sunderland in the […]

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