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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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Brazil 2014. Something for the weekend

John McCormick:

Here on Saturday the Suarez affair was bubbling under a bit, but quietly. It appeared Liverpool had not had any documentation from FIFA so didn’t know how or if they could proceed, although they have been told they are not eligible to appeal against the ban. That strikes me as unfair, given that they are [...]

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Brazil 2014. The empire strikes back

I said in my last post that I’m not a fan of the World Cup. That’s true but I do like football so I’ve watched the majority of games. One or two have been missed because of unavoidable clashes with the important parts of my life but, generally, TV schedules appear to have been adjusted [...]

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Brazil 2014. The World Cup – more like the World Con

John McCormick:

I’m not a fan of the World Cup. I suppose it’s necessary, given that football (not soccer, Mr. Beckham, get it right) needs to sell itself around the world. I can also appreciate that any footballer worth his salt will want to test himself against the best.

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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 [...]

Keir’s Player Ratings: hail Ricky Alvarez, ‘my new star after Swansea game’

Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell got it the neck here when plonking a 10/10 on Jozy Altidore after the low-scoring [...]

Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: the elephant in the room

Of the Salut! Sunderland editing team, one started the day in Spain, one was heading for Kendal (though he had [...]

Pure Poyetry: no goals but a bright performance against the Swans

Malcolm Dawson writes….it wasn’t a bad day. The match was OK for a nil-nil. Afterwards, Pete Sixsmith, Doug and my [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0 Swansea 0. So much better, so little punch

Pete Sixsmith saw a vastly improved Sunderland performance, another clean sheet for Vito Mannone but no goals and therefore yet [...]

40 minutes to go: a final rallying cry

Ready to Go is the name of Sunderland’s indispensable fans’ forum, as you all know. It also the theme chosen [...]

It’s The Hope They Couldn’t Stand: that elusive Kevin Ball epic

Our own Nic Wiseman, who has been helping out on editing for a few months, was co-editor of one of [...]