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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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Summer signings Coates and Borini to leave? Giving Ellis short shrift

Jake: 'so we didn't get Messi after all?'

Malcolm Dawson writes……it’s a proven fact that we all feel better when our chosen football team is doing well and that poor on field results can bring disappointment and depression. It may only be a game but football fans are stuck with their team. Some glory hunters might chop and change but the true supporter […]

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SAFC 3 Man City 0: Under 21s show how it’s done.

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Malcolm Dawson was about 6 when he went to his first ever live football match. He doesn’t remember much about it except that the home team was Eppleton Colliery Welfare and they played in light blue with two maroon bands – like the old West Ham change strip of the sixties. Following the disappointment of […]

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Summer Madness: an updated look at Sunderland’s foreign legionnaires

Jake: Were the press against him form the start?

Malcolm Dawson‘s revived series of reflections, first published in 2013, on the Good, Bad and Ugly among the foreign players he has seen in Sunderland colours has provided a fascinating summer distraction as we await news of more such signings, with maybe the odd Englishman thrown in. Here, our deputy editor updates the story to […]

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Nil Desperandum: Why relegation will not lead me to despair

Jake: 'so we didn't get Messi after all?'

Malcolm Dawson is of pre-Premiership pre-Sky vintage. He remembers a time when teams like Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Derby County could actually win the league. When teams like Northampton Town and Carlisle United could reach the top tier of English football and for a time actually threaten to go top of the league. Of […]

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Still seeking Justice for Jeff as West Bromwich Albion visit Sunderland

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Every so often, a noble cause brings opposing sets of supporters together and Saturday’s game against WBA offers a chance for one such display of solidarity. This is a slightly updated version of the posting contributed by Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson and which, we are pleased to report, has been seen by Jeff […]

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Justice for Jeff: support West Brom for just a minute

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For technical reasons, this posting has been superseded by the following: http://salutsunderland.com/2015/02/still-seeking-justice-for-jeff-as-west-bromwich-albion-visit-sunderland/ where any further comments should be added … Malcolm Dawson writes……When I was a kid I watched the FA Cup Final on TV religiously. It was virtually the only live televised football available to those of us growing up in the fifties and […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Arsenal take advantage of Black Cats’ ill luck

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..Peter Sixsmith is a frequent visitor to the National Stadium at Wembley. Usually it’s to watch a Rugby League game or a Northern League side in the FA Vase final. Once every twenty years or so he even gets to see Sunderland there. This season he dreams of another trip to see his […]

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Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]

Sheffield Wednesday Who are You?: ‘League One might be good for you. We should know’

Jake: 'back on the Wembley trail?'

Monsieur Salut writes: at around this time last season, Dave Briggs* gave us some great responses as Sheffield Wednesday supporter […]

SAFC vs Sheffield Wednesday prize Guess the Score: we’re the underdogs

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It is a fact of life as we find it, says Monsieur Salut. Sunderland start the Carabao Cup tie (league […]

View From the North West Corner: give Catts a break

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Following a lot of public criticism of one of our players by followers of The Black Cats, Malcolm Dawson appeals […]

After a four-point start to the season, it is time for the carping to stop?

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Three references to the approach some Sunderland supporters adopt towards their club caught the eye yesterday and today, says Monsieur […]

A Long and Winding Road leads to Luton Town and a hard fought draw

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John McCormick writes: I woke up this morning feeling fine and decided that, as Pete Sixsmith had introduced a musical theme […]