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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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Six in a row, and I was there

I had a ticket well in time but had to keep travel arrangements flexible right up to the weekend, which meant the car rather than the train, and a trip on my own on Saturday afternoon. After watching Forest Green see off Margate I headed north, pressing the search button on the radio to pick […]

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Sunderland, Bournemouth, Watford to drop? Norwich hanging on? Villa and Newcastle safe? – And Leicester out of sight? Ask the fans!

Monsieur Salut writes: John McCormick, our wizard with the stats, wrote this update to his series on the developing relegation scrap before Dick Advocaat left. His gut feelings may therefore change according to who is appointed, but I suspect his calculations will not, or at least not yet .. now over to John … It’s […]

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Buck’s Fizz and Fabio’s Bar. Sunderland and Spurs on a Sunday

  There are thousands of displaced humans enduring unspeakable hardship, risking, and suffering, death as they try to escape regimes that have destroyed their lives*. Compared to that the Transpennine Express, even on its worst days, shades into insignificance. I really shouldn’t complain. Yet, I still don’t enjoy the too-long journey, hence my original plan […]

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Wayne Rooney, the Queen, Bobby Charlton? No, Duncan Edwards gets my vote

Apparently, by the time you get to read this, the Queen will have become our longest reigning monarch. Her great-great grandma ascended to the throne when the then king, William IV, died. This was 1837, a long long time ago, which might explain some of the food on sale in the William IV Hotel in […]

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Sunderland v Stoke City Guess the Score rollover: win while we’re singing

Bravo to Sam and the Lads for a very committed display at Palace, with more decent football than the “ugly […]

Hutch’s Patch: one word ratings after the Palace coup

Rob Hutchison is to the point. Or, after Monday, to three points if you prefer. In his one word summary you’ll find […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: the view from the couch on winning at Crystal Palace

Monsieur Salut writes: poor Pete Sixsmith. He ruled out a Monday night at London’s least accessible ground a while ago. […]

SA’s Essay: JD’s smash and grab raid breaks Crystal Palace

Jake: Pardwho?

Malcolm Dawson writes….Big Sam has set out his stall. It looks like we can expect a defensive mindset for the […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Crystal Palace 0 – Sunderland 1. Four forwards, one goal

John McCormick writes: For the second season running a move to Monday night scuppered this as a London trip. Would that I […]

The Crystal Palace v SAFC ‘Who are You?’: liking Wickham, wanting Fletch

This is Jay Crame‘s* second trip to the Who are You? hotseat. Jay, founder and editor of the Crystal Palace […]