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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 French Connection

John McCormick writes: “Salut Sunderland”. That, and the nom-de-plume of our leader, says enough but I’ll leave it to Colin to expand on his connections. Me, I have my own. My sister lived in France for many years. She married a Frenchman, she has French (oh, so French) children, she has French grandchildren.

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Goodison Park: not quite “Welcome back to the sixties”

Goodison park, Courtesy of Google. No room to expand

“Welcome back to the sixties”, said Pete as we entered the lower Bullens Road stand at Goodison. Pete likes the ground, as do most Evertonians. Bernard Walker, in an excellent “who are you” put it like this: “I absolutely love Goodison Park for all its memories, history and Leitch architecture, so would be very loath […]

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Marton Fulop: as we remember him

Marton Fulop 1983-2015

John McCormick writes: I never saw Marton Fulop play for us. I’m not qualified to make any statement about him. Yet, I feel a loss. Maybe it’s because he was the age of my kids, and my extended family’s next generation – one of whom had his first child two days ago. Maybe it’s just […]

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Aston Villa, SAFC and Bournemouth bottom, Norwich and Newcastle nearby, Watford wobbling, Leicester laughing

John McCormick writes: It’s another international break, so another chance to take stock and update my “relegation watch” series. For some of the clubs at or near the bottom, it’s getting scary. (If you’re new to the series and want to see how it began, or if you want to refresh your memory , you […]

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Sunderland and Salut: how do we regain our Quinn/Drumaville peak?

Changes in win-loss ratios between games 4 and 8

Colin Randall writes: it is not just Sunderland AFC that knows the meaning of struggle. Salut! Sunderland has its moments, too. I am talking readership levels. Victory – and defeats for those who remember them – in the Wear-Tyne derbies always boost numbers, though not as much as they once did. So do John McCormick’s […]

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Suffering on Sunday: Everton 6, Sunderland 2

The Lower Bullens.

Public transport will get me to or from Goodison in well under an hour, even on Sundays, so there’s no mileage (ha!) in giving you the story of my journey, as I did last week. I could recount a convivial hour spent in the company of Pete Sixsmith, but he has already done that. I […]

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Liverpool v SAFC Guess the Score: maybe making a point

Can the new-look Lads make our Canadian diarist Martin Bates‘s trip “home” feel all the more worthwhile? Martin has already […]

Liverpool daughter, Sunderland dad. She confesses …

Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter, a very decent footballer (for Old Actonians, who play in quite a good […]

Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal. These Manchester Men matter, if only a little

Buy from the Salut! Amazon link at http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NVFNIS2/salusund-21 Monsieur Salut writes: It is not often that Salut! Sunderland‘s parent (or […]

Liverpool v SAFC Who are You?: Jordan ‘immense’, Mignolet ‘strange’, says man from Anfield Wrap

Neil Atkinson*, our old pal from The Anfield Wrap podcast and site, had to rise above a mountain of typos […]

The Canadian Mackem: a Sunderland diary starts with ‘timewasting’ Manchester City

Many readers will recall Martin Bates‘s welcome contributions in words and pictures from Toronto when the pre-season tour reached Canada. […]

Sixer’s Soapbox. Deserved more against a Manchester City reduced to MUFC playacting

Monsieur Salut writes: I was wrong. Pete Sixsmith‘s internet woes are over so he was up and about at the […]