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McCormick’s Craic: the half term report says Sunderland must do better

  John McCormick writes: I’m beginning this on December 29, the day after we’ve drawn against Villa in our 19th game of the season. With match reports from Villa (er, whatever happened to Bob Chapman’s?), then a game on New Year’s Day, then a cup match, the site will be busy with posts for the next [...]

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Dodgy numbers signify relegation scrap for Hull, QPR, Burnley, Leicester (and us?)

This is my third post in this series, which began in August when I used some dodgy stats and history to identify this season’s relegation candidates, plus a couple of wildcards for good measure (the list in the headline is not exhaustive – Ed). You might remember (or you can revisit http://salutsunderland.com/2014/08/good-news-for-burnley-and-leicester-our-stats-man-has-qpr-hull-city-and-aston-villa/) I predicted, from [...]

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Man United, Man City, Liverpool and Everton: European Big Business or local small fry?

I suppose the referendum on Scottish independence was the starting point for this post, that and my trip up for the Arsenal game. The referendum was followed by calls for more independence for the north. Fundamental to this is improvement to the transport infrastructure so as to enable the emergence of a “super-city” comprising Manchester [...]

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McCormick’s Craic: no Bright Phoenix as Arsenal take the points

Last Wednesday I went to the Everyman theatre to see Bright Phoenix, a play about a group of misfit kids who become misfit adults. With an Everyman play like that I didn’t know what to expect. Whatever I thought, it wasn’t what I got …

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The gloomy stats that doom QPR, Burnley and Newcastle (or us)

John McCormick:

Lost in the deluge of post-Southampton news, anger and gallows humour, John McCormick applied a scholarly eye to the statistics he considers relevant factors in determining who goes down, who stays up. Ominously, in this update, the 8-0 defeat is seen as not only wrecking our goal difference but pushing us more obviously into the [...]

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Dodgy numbers raise the question: ‘Can we dodge the bullet?’

Before the season started I used some dodgy stats and history to predict this season’s relegated candidates, including a couple of wildcards. From 20th place upwards they were: QPR – Purely because a promoted team is almost certain to go down and most often it has been the playoff winner. I had to go with [...]

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Letter from Liverpool: colour blind in Hull, Cardiff and Sunderland

It’s not just M Salut and Mr Sixsmith, not to mention MOTD, who are celebrating 50 years of supporting, as you can see from my photo. It really was a different era then, and not just because televised football consisted of an hour of black and white on a Saturday night. The Land of the [...]

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Johnson the man as Gus gets changes spot-on to defy Stoke

Monsieur Salut writes: John McCormick, back from a holiday in Spain, finally made it to a game and made a better choice for his debut (mine having been QPR away). He offers an entertainingly whimsical account of getting up to the North East from his Liverpool exile and struggling to acquaint himself with new faces [...]

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How Dare We? A letter from Liverpool (and Everton, wherever that is)

Colin Randall writes: John McCormick supports Sunderland, of course, but lives in Liverpool. Even if he did not, he’d be entitled to a view about Liverpool/Everton stadium plans. After all, we’ve all been, or most of us have, to Anfield and Goodison. Here is what John makes of the interminable ramblings in Scouseland about where [...]

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Wearied by the Borini saga, wondering whether we’re better off

John McCormick:

We’ve gone three PL games without any forward scoring so it looks like the front line failings we’ve experienced for at least two seasons are destined to continue. Jozy will score one day but Fletch looks like he’s playing the wrong system and Wickham’s playing the wrong position.

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Salut! Sunderland: The Way It Is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is is [...]

Sixer’s Fulham Soapbox: Should’ve gone to Shields v Shildon

Malcolm Dawson writes……I couldn’t get to this game being otherwise occupied on the Fylde coast. Phew – got away with [...]

Pure Poyetry: Sunderland 0 Fulham 0 but it’s not my fault

John McCormick  writes: Jermain  Defoe has a goal scoring pedigree so hopes were high that he’d mark his home debut [...]

Sixer’s Sevens:SAFC v Fulham FA Cup (FA stands for frustrating afternoon)

It may not have been a full house today for Jermain Defoe’s home debut but Pete Sixsmith was there as [...]

Behind Enemy Lines: shaky Fulham sink shaky Forest

Rob Hutchison, our man of single word player assessments took a trip to the north bank of the Thames last [...]

Fulham Who are You?: ‘SAFC fans deserve better than constant relegation scraps’

As a decent FA Cup run beckons for someone, we welcome back Russ Goldman*, a USA-based Fulham diehard adjusting to [...]

SAFC vs Fulham Guess the Score rollover: back on the Wembley trail?

As regulars know, or should know, a rollover stops at two at Salut! Sunderland. We don’t want to annoy our [...]