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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 seasons 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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Dodgy-ng relegation

John McCormick:

This post is about relegation, something never far from our minds, and who this season’s three might be. Over the summer I looked over a little bit of history and generated some numbers in order to bring you more of my dodgy predictions. Enjoy them or argue with them as you will. Just don’t nick [...]

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Are we in the mix for the Money Football League?

John McCormick:

For the last couple of years I’ve reported on our progress towards the Deloitte Money Football League. I had just about started an update in February when other things took priority – we had a double to celebrate, then a cup final, and then we started digging what we thought was a grave, only it [...]

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Brazil 2014. Sobs says….

Although not a fan of the World Cup as there’s too much hype and dishonesty (so how’s it different? I hear you asking) I have forced myself to watch the games in order to report on them for you. Sometimes, to give myself an authentic experience, I have forced myself to drink beer while watching. [...]

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From WBA to Bolton, Sixer chooses his top 10 moneyback Sunderland games

Pete Sixsmith will, for once, be absent when Sunderland take on Arsenal on Saturday. No boycott, just the competing lure [...]

After Eight: a mint Sunderland vs Arsenal edition of Guess the Score

What better to accompany the tea or coffee, or stronger, in your rollover pair of prize mugs than a few [...]

Football Blogging Awards: make your Yes vote count for Salut! Sunderland

It is time to vote in the annual Football Blogging Awards. There are some big guns in the field and [...]

Ha’way the Lasses: outclaw Millwall Lionesses to wring the Doncaster Belles

It is possible that no win at all will be needed for Sunderland Ladies in their final game to complete [...]

Gambles’ Rambles: Yes to Mannone’s humility, a resounding No to moneyback culture

Just as old cynics – step forward Ken Gambles and also M Salut – were wondering what sort of reception [...]

Refund for Southampton debacle: a grand gesture, but let Grace House benefit

Let Salut! Sunderland reproduce, word for word, tonight’s statement from SAFC. I had an inkling something was afoot when the [...]

Sixer Says: Leicester youth seen off before seniors’ bounceback starts vs Arsenal

Monsieur Salut writes: The last I saw of Pete Sixmith was when he boarded one train, and I another, at [...]