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Sunderland season reviews (1): the rocky road to survival

never mind the pillar - where's the corner

It’s time again for Salut! Sunderland writers, regular or occasional, to look back on a season that carried the now customary threat of relegation before bursting into life with another of our extraordinary late escapes. The reviews will appear pretty much in the order they are received – feel free to have a go if […]

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Relegation watch: Villa, plus two from Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland.

Another international weekend, another look at the bottom of the table. And, yes, we’re still there. In fact, looking at the numbers, it looks very much as if we’ll be there until the bitter end.

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NUFC and Middlesbrough over there, Bolton and Blackpool over here

We might have another blank weekend but it’s only two weeks since my last relegation watch  so, even though things are hotting up, what with Norwich drawing with Citeh and Rafa Benitez taking over the horse punchers after the dismally drawn out sacking of Steve McLaren (and this in the week Mr. Ashley was warned […]

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Villa plus Sunderland, Newcastle or Norwich? Maybe Bournemouth or Swansea? But not Watford, in our relegation watch

  Relegation poll results after the close of the summer transfer window   By now you must be getting bored with the graph above on the left, especially as it has been less than a month, and only three games, since it was last posted up.

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Good news from Liverpool (and Everton), sad news from Bolton, and is there a thaw at Blackpool?

The main thing for Sunderland fans this week must be the cancellation of Adam Johnson’s contract. The club has said it will make no further statement and nor will we. Instead, you can have my ramblings and a mini-tour of the NorthWest.

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Liverpool fans, spirit of Shankly; Liverpool FC, spirit of Rachman

I have to start by saying I think Liverpool’s a great place to live. I’ve no intention of leaving and wouldn’t swap it for a return to the North East, not for a minute. Other people appear to like it too, it’s increasingly a tourist destination, with the river, nightlife, national museums, the Beatles and […]

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Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle? Norwich, Swansea or Bournemouth? Not Watford, and ha’way Leicester

John McCormick writes: there’s no Premier League football this weekend, so it’s another chance to take stock and update my “relegation watch” series. If you’re new to the series and want to see how it began, or if you want to refresh your memory, you can try this link) By now regulars should be familiar with the first […]

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Beauties and Beasts: (7) Jermain Defoe and the shirt I want to buy

Beauties and Beasts: that’s the name of this series – see it here – of supporters’ recollections of different Sunderland shirts from years and even decades past. It was inspired by an idea from Classic Football Shirts, very welcome here as occasional competition sponsors. Their range of historic SAFC tops is a great internet outing […]

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Tottenham v Sunderland. The view from the Upper West Stand

John McCormick:

As Ed and the family headed off to Halifax for one birthday I headed down to London for another. When he was wandering round to find a pub in which to watch the game I was sitting in White Hart Lane’s West Stand watching the warm up. I stayed for two and a half hours. […]

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Who will start against Arsenal? Decisions to be made

A few managers ago, perhaps even as far back as last year, I got quite good at guessing the team. Maybe, you might think, it was because there were few good players to pick then. However, that’s not necessarily the case.

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The ‘Who are You?’ Awards frontrunners: West Brom, Tottenham … and Exeter

It is that time of year. Salut! Sunderland is preparing to make its annual HAWAY awards, honouring the best of […]

Season reviews (7):staying up under Allardyce – as seen from down under

Malcolm Dawson writes…..last year Marcus Procopio, as Aussie as pie floater, vegemite and snags and tomato sauce joined our happy […]

Season reviews (6): one bound and free

Malcolm Dawson writes…..in the sixth of our end of season reviews Ken Gambles brings back memories of Saturday mornings at […]

Season review (5): how Fireman Sam saved a sinking ship on Wearside

In this, the latest end of season review from our regular and not so regular contributors, Paul Summerside takes a […]

Season reviews (4): the love story continues now let’s climb every mountain

Wrinkly Pete aka Peter Lynn has been delving into his record collection again to provide the inspiration for his end […]

Season reviews (3): Sunderland’s Special K factor

Michael Robinson is always happy when cricket returns, not least because it means Sunderland’s woes are over or close to […]