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

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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Jeremain Lens: our best midfielder (or maybe not)

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

  Blame Rob, who suggested we needed an article on squad analysis when I did my last review of “relegation watch”. Or Malcolm, whose idle speculation led to the idea of specific comparisons. Some of them weren’t particularly enticing but they planted a seed so I trooped off to hosted.stats.com and did a bit of digging. Then I did […]

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Relegation poll: Middlesbrough, Hull or Sunderland? Arsenal and Manchester Utd? Vote now

I’m getting a bit tired of the title (and Monsieur Salut should apologise to any reader lured here by thoughts it was a poll on religion; the word inexplicably replaced relegation in the headline when published and still appeared some time later at the newsnow.co.uk site) . But just because we have some decent players, […]

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Relegation watch revisited (2): It was the draws wot done it

The season before last we won only 7 games and we stayed up. We even finished above Aston Villa, who won 10, as well as QPR and Hull City, whose 8 wins each could not stave off relegation. The other relegated team, Burnley, had 7 wins, the same as us. The difference between us and […]

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Relegation watch revisted (1): admit it, we fans know nowt about football*

win-loss ratios from game 6

Regular visitors will know I’ve been in the habit of looking at the relegation spots for the last couple of years. I haven’t wanted to, it’s just that I’m not sure where the top half of the table is. So, about a year ago, instead of making my own predictions, I asked readers which clubs […]

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

It’s been a few years since I’ve done a timely review of Deloitte’s “Money League”, which usually comes out in […]

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 […]

Bill Richardson RIP: long lost to Wearside, never to SAFC

Salut! Sunderland wishes to record the sad loss of Bill Richardson, a long-time Wearside exile who remained a passionate supporter […]

Does Lawrie McMenemy really think blaming Roker Park cockroaches can sway us?

Our cherished former manager Lawrie McMenemy may have apologised before for all I know for his part in dumping Sunderland […]

Brexit or Bremain? Midsummer follies with Sunderland’s European Union

Malcolm Dawson writes……the germ of an idea came to me as I pondered my stance on the upcoming referendum. I […]