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Will it be Wigan or Villa (or Stoke or Newcastle) to go down with Reading and QPR?

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The headline, untouched by M Salut’s hand, is noteworthy for the absence of Sunderland from the list of contenders for the last of the bottom three slots. We must all (save for visiting supporters of the other affected clubs) take comfort from John McCormick‘s scholarly ways, sincerely hope he knows what he’s doing and be […]

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McCormick’s 1973 Craic: Arsenal 1 Sunderland 2. The day God smiled on me

Ric with the FA Cup, Tommy Booth and Mike Summerbee

The place: Hillsborough. The time: towards 5pm on April 7 1973. Sunderland, unfancied and in Division Two doldrums, have reached Wembley. John McCormick was there to witness this further step towards glory and now continues our 40th anniversary series … (more…)

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McCormick’s Craic: Paolo Di Canio and another view

Designging a post-MoN banner is going to be tricky. Jake has opened talks

M Salut writes: Anyone who reads Salut! Sunderland regularly should know that nothing here is cut and dried. There is little by way of cast-in-strong editorial policy beyond passionate support for Sunderland AFC. Often enough, contributors quarrel with one another’s views. That’s as it should be. In the torrent of mainly non-SAFC abuse and bile […]

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McCormick’s Craic: putting a value on Steven Fletcher

By Jake

John McCormick loves his stats. After his theorising on the importance of goal difference in ensuring Premiership survival, he now turns his thoughts to the value that individual players make, particular our now crocked goalscoring centre forward. Not simply in terms of physical contribution either – he attempts to quantify this in hard cash. We’ll […]

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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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World Cup Diaries: (2) our Middlesbrough-supporting chronicler enjoys his first game

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

This is the second instalment of the World Cup musings of Monsieur Salut’s Boro-supporting nephew, Andy Falconer, who saves hard-earned […]

The Beautiful Game? Wrinkly Pete’s thoughts on the power of football

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John McCormick writes: We’re not the only old and famous club to be facing turbulent times and I’m sure our […]

Strangely Unmoved. What World Cup?

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When Colin put up his competition about prediciting the World Cup finalists I had a go.  I chose England because […]

Salut! Sunderland’s World Cup diaries: (1) glorious St Petersburg

Promotion at first attempt!

  Monsieur Salut writes: 0ur summer faithful will have noticed that I invited contributions from any reader who happened to […]

Guess the World Cup final pair. You may win a prize (two if Australia make it)

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

With Russia kicking off the 2018 World Cup, as has become the norm for host nations, with their opening game […]

World Cup Memories: France’s version of England’s 1966 glory

Jake: l'artist

Monsieur Salut writes: now we know. In County Durham, Pete Sixsmith has retreated into the GCSE marking part of his […]