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When Sunderland don’t play on Saturday there’s time for a wander over the Pennines

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Every now and then, when there is no meaningful football on I take a wander around the NorthWest, focusing on some of the clubs we might otherwise forget. I must add, however, that I do mention big’ns when necessary, as you can see, which brings me to Everton FC who, having gained plaudits for their […]

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Chirpy Chirpy – no. Cheap Cheap – no. But what about Middle of the Road?

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There are times when contributors to this site hark back to the music of yesterday, and today is no exception. The transfer window’s  shut (you can insert any other vowel of your choice if you wish) leaving me feeling underwhelmed, and a song from 1971 or thereabouts is in my mind. Not because I like […]

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Take pity on Hull, Burnley and Sunderland, all doomed before a ball is kicked.

relegation poll, August 2nd 2016

As the days went by our  “who’s doomed” poll slipped down the “Salut”front page until it dropped off the bottom like a relegated team. By then over 3500 votes had been cast. Most came in flurries in the first couple of days and, although I suspect a strong contingent of Sunderland fans cast votes and tried […]

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Hull, Burnley and Sunderland doomed. Watford, Middlesbrough, Bournemouth, WBA and Palace are safe

relegation poll, August 2nd 2016

This season’s relegation poll went live at about 8.30 on Wednesday morning. By 2.30 some eighteen hundred votes had been cast. Hull received about a third of them and remained clear favourites. Burnley stayed in second place, although the gap had widened, and we had moved up to third.  The other five clubs were well behind: (more…)

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Hull, Burnley, Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Watford, Sunderland, West Brom or Crystal Palace. Choose your three

relegation poll results after the close of the summer transfer window

It was June 12th when I first put up this season’s relegation poll and July 1st, when the transfer window opened, that I gave you the preliminary results. Every Premiership club received some votes. Man Utd got thirteen. Spurs and Arsenal (last relegated in the year the Royal Flying Corps established its first airfield) both got ten. Man […]

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The Euros, gone but not forgotten (though I’m trying)

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I was originally against expanding the European Championship. I thought bringing in “small” (in footballing terms, I intend no disrespect) countries would lead to a bloated, overlong tournament. I was right wasn’t I? Having 16 qualifiers from 24 led to stultifying games where the object was not to lose, rather than to play scintillating football, […]

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The people have spoken: Hull, Burnley and Bournemouth to leave the union

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Would you believe that some people, somewhere, think Man Utd  will be relegated? And that others say the axe will fall on Spurs, Chelsea, or Man City. Some even say Arsenal will go down. That’s democracy for you, so please, please, no histrionics, vitriol or gratuitous insults. There have been enough of them these past few […]

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Not quite Real Madrid, not quite Barcelona. But better than Swansea and Stoke

Jake: all smiles by next May?

It’s been a few years since I’ve done a timely review of Deloitte’s “Money League”, which usually comes out in January or February (it was January this year). But when there’s a battle to be fought there’s not much room, time or inclination to give some thought to a little piece of meaningless self-publicity, which […]

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Our best defenders: part 2, in praise of John O’Shea

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

We started our season at Leicester with a line up that included Seb Coates and Costel Pantsilimon. Substitutes included Adam Matthews, who came on for Billy Jones. By the time we got to the final game Seb Coates, Costel Pantsilimon and Adam Matthews were no longer at the club. Billy Jones, subbed 12 games previously and subsequently dropped, came […]

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Our best defenders: Part 1, individual comparisons

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

When I did my analysis of our midfield I said it would probably be one of two posts but there was so much to collect and compare that I decided to split the second part into two. To begin, I’m using stats from  hosted stats.com, Squawka.com and my own sums to look at individual performances. Who do you think is better […]

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Sixers’s Soapbox: squirming in our seats as Crystal Palace take the spoils

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I was in the ground early yesterday and got chatting to one of the stewards. When he asked […]

Moyes on the boys v Palace: “We didn’t do the basics.”

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John McCormick writes: Gutted. F’ing gutted. That’s just me, but at least I wasn’t there. The site’s giving problems so I’ll […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace. Incompetence beyond belief

Jake: 'we're pretty useless'

When Jermain Defoe put us ahead, we were surprised given the run of play. When some decent second half pressure […]

The Devil’s Advocate on PvA and mixed fortunes at Spurs and QPR

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Malcolm Dawson writes……man of few words Rob Hutchison (he of the one word player ratings) is becoming more garrulous these […]

Crystal Palace ‘Who are You?’: ‘garish’ SAFC shirts, Ab Fab owners, Pardew

Jake: 'check out this season's previous Who are You? interviews at <a href="http://salutsunderland.com/category/who-are-you/">http://salutsunderland.com/category/who-are-you/

Colin Randall writes: Our Crystal Palace interviewee, my badminton-playing friend Keith Marriage*, ‘got it in the neck’ from Mrs M […]

Sunderland v Crystal Palace prize Guess the Score. Duck-breaking time?

Jake says: 'have a go'

Let’s throw another mug into the ring and hope it doesn’t shatter into many pieces. A prize Salut! Sunderland mug […]