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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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Malky and messages?

John McCormick:

I was in the Lakes when it happened, Ian Moody resigning and then Malky not taking the job he hadn’t been offered; at least that’s how I interpreted the brief glances at TV screens as I wandered Keswick and its environs looking for news about Fabio and his non-arrival. It was much to do about [...]

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Burnley and Leicester saved: our stats man has QPR, Hull City, Aston Villa doomed

This is the latest of John McCormick‘s occasional delve into statistics and logic to weigh up relegation prospects – one day he’ll feel, as Sunderland fan, it’s worth a look at the other end of the table. It has already had an airing and attracted comment from SAFC fans. But what do supporters of the [...]

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Sunderland Guess the Score as Chelsea’s Special One braves the far North

We don’t often do well against them at home, but when we do it’s spectacular. Most of us recall that [...]

SAFC vs Chelsea ‘Who are You?’: highs and lows and occasional shame

Colin Randall writes: We all have memories of our best gig. Mine, as an old folkie, was in a field [...]

The Way It Is

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

The Etihad, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford: where the Great Escape was done

Let our very good friend Paul Dobson, universally known as Sobs, introduce – at Salut! Sunderland’s invitation – his new [...]

Gus Poyet, Manchester City and the enigma of the lesser-spotted Rodwell

It began as an understandable precaution, Jack Rodwell playing for 60 minutes or so before being subbed. This seemed unremarkable. [...]

Sixer’s Leicester Soapbox – at least the beer was good

John McCormick writes: It’s a long time since I’ve been to Leicester and I wasn’t there yesterday. Will I feel [...]

Hutch’s Patch: Sunderland ratings vs Leicester. Guess who got 10/10

So a Leicester-supporting pal says his lot were the better side but adds that it’s difficult to tell which of [...]