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Beware the ideas of March

John McCormick:

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty as a citizen of the European Capital of Culture (2008) to bring enlightenment to the denizens of the runners up, Newcastle-Gateshead. You’re one of them, by the way. The Angel of the North is part [...]

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Leicester, Burnley, QPR, Villa, Hull, WBA, Palace and SAFC: all flatlining

John McCormick:

At 24 games in it was time for my review of the relegation prospects I set out at the beginning of the season but with game 25 only two days later  it made sense to wait. You’ll remember my chosen three were QPR – chosen because a promoted team is almost certain to go down [...]

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Wembley beckons distantly; will anyone bother to go?

As the new year got under way I began speculatively looking at ticket prices. I didn’t get as far as train timetables before a virus crept up on me and knocked me sideways. Today, I went out for the first time in over a week. I’m back now, obviously, and feeling the better for it, [...]

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McCormick’s Craic: the half term report says Sunderland must do better

  John McCormick writes: I’m beginning this on December 29, the day after we’ve drawn against Villa in our 19th game of the season. With match reports from Villa (er, whatever happened to Bob Chapman’s?), then a game on New Year’s Day, then a cup match, the site will be busy with posts for the next [...]

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Dodgy numbers signify relegation scrap for Hull, QPR, Burnley, Leicester (and us?)

This is my third post in this series, which began in August when I used some dodgy stats and history to identify this season’s relegation candidates, plus a couple of wildcards for good measure (the list in the headline is not exhaustive – Ed). You might remember (or you can revisit http://salutsunderland.com/2014/08/good-news-for-burnley-and-leicester-our-stats-man-has-qpr-hull-city-and-aston-villa/) I predicted, from [...]

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Man United, Man City, Liverpool and Everton: European Big Business or local small fry?

I suppose the referendum on Scottish independence was the starting point for this post, that and my trip up for the Arsenal game. The referendum was followed by calls for more independence for the north. Fundamental to this is improvement to the transport infrastructure so as to enable the emergence of a “super-city” comprising Manchester [...]

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McCormick’s Craic: no Bright Phoenix as Arsenal take the points

Last Wednesday I went to the Everyman theatre to see Bright Phoenix, a play about a group of misfit kids who become misfit adults. With an Everyman play like that I didn’t know what to expect. Whatever I thought, it wasn’t what I got …

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The gloomy stats that doom QPR, Burnley and Newcastle (or us)

John McCormick:

Lost in the deluge of post-Southampton news, anger and gallows humour, John McCormick applied a scholarly eye to the statistics he considers relevant factors in determining who goes down, who stays up. Ominously, in this update, the 8-0 defeat is seen as not only wrecking our goal difference but pushing us more obviously into the [...]

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Dodgy numbers raise the question: ‘Can we dodge the bullet?’

Before the season started I used some dodgy stats and history to predict this season’s relegated candidates, including a couple of wildcards. From 20th place upwards they were: QPR – Purely because a promoted team is almost certain to go down and most often it has been the playoff winner. I had to go with [...]

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Letter from Liverpool: colour blind in Hull, Cardiff and Sunderland

It’s not just M Salut and Mr Sixsmith, not to mention MOTD, who are celebrating 50 years of supporting, as you can see from my photo. It really was a different era then, and not just because televised football consisted of an hour of black and white on a Saturday night. The Land of the [...]

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Sunderland vs Newcastle: (1) most important derby since the one before last

The build-up to Wear-tyne and tyne-Wear derbies – says Monsieur Salut, pettily using lower case to diminish Jimmy Nail’s Big [...]

Chance encounter with Wayne Entwistle as SuperKev destroyed Bury, sealing promotion

James Bentley is the author of an imminent book about one of the best seasons in the history of Bury, [...]

Beware the ideas of March

John McCormick:

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty [...]

Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland: why can’t our men be more like our women?

With thanks to the Sunderland Ladies official site The question is posed the other way round by Professor Henry Higgins [...]

Do they mean us? Redknapp’s ‘worst team’ jibe, Adrian Durham’s ‘basket case’ club and more

It’s been open season on Sunderland. Harry Redknapp tells Alan Brazil on TalkSport we’re the worst team in the Premier [...]

The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some [...]