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First it bent, then it broke – the love that is Sunderland AFC

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I leaned my back against an oak, Thinking it was the strongest tree, But first it bent, and then it broke, And that’s the way, love treated me. (The Water is Wide – Traditional) Malcolm Dawson writes…..many years ago I met a girl and fell in love. It was that gut wrenching, head over heels, […]

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View from the NW Corner: Sunderland playing catch up before kick off

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Malcolm Dawson writes….each year is the same or at least it seems to be. We end one season and I am convinced we will improve the next. Over the past few years new signings have created a feeling of optimism which has quickly dissipated as early season results brought home the reality that things weren’t […]

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Emotional turmoil – Sunderland’s summer so far

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It’s becoming a little repetitive on Wearside. A positive end to a season that at one time seemed doomed. Hopes for better things to come then disappointment as they fail to reach fruition. Managerless a year ago when Advocaat took the advice of his missus, the joy at his change of heart was short lived. […]

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Big Sam’s flight home – is Short shooting Sunderland in the foot again?

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Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson isn’t party to what goes on behind closed doors at the Stadium of Light. Like most supporters he relies on gossip and what is reported in the media. But that doesn’t stop him reflecting on events at the club and drawing his own conclusions. It had to happen didn’t it? It […]

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What’s happening at Sunderland AFC? Not much on the face of it

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With no interest in the final of the European Championships later this evening, Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson‘s thoughts have centered around the apparent lack of activity at the Stadium of Light. Is this a cause for concern or reassuring that the club is avoiding the pitfalls and mistakes of the past few close seasons? Reading […]

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Idle speculation to get me through the quiet days

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Malcolm Dawson, deputy editor, writes: this hiatus which falls between the end of season and the opening of the transfer window sees me scouring the media for scraps of gossip that may or may not indicate which way the club is going. Most of it will turn out to be idle speculation and bear little […]

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The Sunderland waiting game that is football’s version of the phoney war

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Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson shrugs off the torpor of the early close season, pre-transfer window, pre-fixures list and all, and considers what seems to be going right, and what more he’d like to see, in the world of Sunderland AFC … Back in 1939/40 at the outbreak of World War 2, the whole […]

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Sunderland’s Season review (2): reasons to be cheerful

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Here in the second of our end of season reviews, Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson hopes the club has learned from mistakes made over the past few seasons, that we have seen the last of the Director of Football model and that any newly appointed Chief Executive will have an understanding of football as well as […]

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View from the NW Corner: ideal opportunity to move Sunderland forward

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Malcolm Dawson writes……off the field activities have dominated the news coming out of all three of the North East’s big clubs (I’ll stretch a point and include Boro!) in the past two weeks. Last night’s game at Leicester might have put us back in the bottom three (but didn’t) but there’s no doubt it’ll be […]

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From The Boleyn to The SoL – how’s Big Sam doing?

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Malcolm Dawson writes….There is much discussion regarding what sort of reception Big Sam will get before and during tomorrow’s game at West Ham. With this the return fixture of what was to be Big Dick’s last game in charge on Wearside and it being Allardyce’s former club and all, it seems apposite to do a […]

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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

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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?

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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

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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’

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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

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