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How dare we? Where Man Utd lead others will follow.

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get something wrong?'

  John McCormick writes: I was supposed to be enjoying the onset of Spring in the Yorkshire Dales. It wasn’t quite like that, and the internet connection I had was also short on promise. Never mind, I’ve negotiated the weather and the M6 and am once again able to bring you my thoughts. In this […]

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McCormick’s Craic: down among the dead men, a lifeline for Aston Villa

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

So who is going down? For virtually the first time this season neutrals are mentioning Sunderland as serious contenders. Given our awful run, and the tough bunch of games to come, that is hardly surprising. John McCormick has been studying trends again and comes up with potentially good news for Aston Villa, though he still […]

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At Huddersfield/Hull as at West Brom/SAFC, police score same own goals

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

Twenty+ years after a pertinent observation – by a Sunderland supporter – was quoted in a book on football, 30+ after the quoted words were uttered, John McCormick is moved to ask: “Coincidence and cops: 30 years on, what’s new?” … (more…)

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McCormick’s Craic: will financial restrictions level the Premier League playing field?

By Jake

There was a time, when Sunderland was known as “The Team of All Talents” and upset the footballing authorities by flouting the financial restrictions in force at the time. Later they were “The Bank of England Team” and you can bet that the fact the players were subjected to a maximum wage didn’t stop them […]

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Sunderland, Newcastle safe (ish). And the losers are … QPR, Aston Villa plus Reading or Wigan

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It may not seem a good time to be predicting relegation for Reading (just after they’ve beaten us), QPR (buoyed by big new signings with an escapologist in charge) and Aston Villa (didn’t we somehow contrive to make even them seem half-decent?). But John McCormick has been pottering around with his blinding statistictal science again, […]

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Everton: what’s this about a bogey team?

There’s no football this weekend after our recent debacle at home to Bolton so, just to keep things ticking over before the Swansea “who are you”, here’s a quick trip down memory lane, or as it’s me, down fuzzy memory lane. The starting point was actually the vast number of posters (i.e. more than three […]

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It’s not Arsenal v Man City and it’s worth every penny

You can pay £62 to see Arsenal play Man City or for half of that you can go to Wigan, buy fish and chips followed by a round of drinks and then watch your team come away with the points. You won’t necessarily see Barcelona-style passing, although the weather and playing conditions might have as […]

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Transfer window or academy graduates? Making the grade and falling by the wayside

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

John McCormick takes a long, cool look at the way young would-be footballers’ dreams of top-flight careers are nurtured and, all too often, dashed … There have recently been comments that Martin O’Neill needed not only to get busy in the transfer window but also to start bringing in some of our academy players. The […]

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McCormick’s Craic: spot the difference in the relegation dog fight

By Jake

Following on from Pete Sixsmith’s comments on the Guardian’s take on Premier League statistics, John McCormick decided to do his own piece of number crunching and what follows is the fruit of his labours. His piece was completed before the Hackers disrupted the site and before the Spurs game kicked off. Last season was the […]

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A Christmas present for Sunderland and Arsenal fans, and maybe rugby-playing schoolboys

By Jake

John McCormick once again delves into Sunderland’s past to take a look at one of the greats who wore the famous red and white stripes. Charles Buchan, signed in 1912, still holds Sunderland’s all-time league goals record, with 209  and is second behind Bobby Gurney in the all time list of Sunderland goalscorers. (See http://www.safc.com/the-club/history/roll-of-honour […]

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SAFC vs Burton Albion prize Guess the Score: a mere battle for second bottom?

Guess the Reading-SAFC score and you could win a mug - whoever you support

First of all, let Salut! Sunderland add its tribute to the supporters who have put up with this season’s woeful […]

Arsenal’s chief whinger Piers Morgan applauds Wenger? Pass the sick bag

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

It has often been said that putting a top manager in charge of Sunderland, or recruiting such players as Messi […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Burton Albion

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Salut! Sunderland didn’t get round to entering this year’s football blogging awards. This was not a case of sour grapes […]

SAFC vs Burton Albion Who are You?: ‘let’s jump together into oblivion’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

Monsieur Salut writes: the pain of relegation is not eased that much because everyone expected you to go down anyway. […]

End of Season Reviews 2018: (2) Wrinkly Pete. Four seasons in a day

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Peter Lynn, wrinklier than the other regular Pete on these pages (Sixsmith, for anyone who’s just visiting from Mars), has […]

Salut! Sunderland’s 2018 end of season reviews: (1) Nick Barnes urges unity

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Monsieur Salut writes: unfashionable as it is to praise the press or media more generally, I believe local and national […]