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Dreams become nightmares for our Man Utd and Ireland stars

This short posting is dedicated to David Meyler, our young Irish midfielder whose awful, accidental injury at Villa Park looks likely to cost him another lengthy period of treatment. The lad had done extremely well on his return from the last cruciate ligament injury and it is no surprise that he is, as Steve Bruce […]

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Soapbox: the January transfer window – board it up!

Football clubs up and down the land are setting out their stalls for the January sales, and looking around in the hope of snapping up bargains of their own. Pete Sixsmith would cheerfully save them all the bother. It’s all enough to make him toy with the attractions of Shildon at home instead of the […]

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Blackburn Soapbox: comfort zone for SAFC, danger zone for Rovers

Sunderland 3 Blackburn Rovers 0: a thoroughly satisfactory scoreline as Pete Sixsmith sits in on lessons in finishing from our strikers (somewhat necessary after the zillion misses against Blackpool). Pete lauds a classy performance from Jordan Henderson and warns Rovers of danger ahead before delivering a lesson of his own to SAFC which he earnestly […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Blackburn Rovers (h)

Redemption time at the Stadium of Light after Tuesday’s bitter disappointment as Sunderland dismiss Blackburn Rovers with three goals, with each of our star strikers – Welbeck, Bent (phew!) and Gyan grabbing one. This is Sunderland AFC in snapshot, the most recent of Pete Sixsmith’s inimitable seven-word verdicts on each of our games. The full […]

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Soapbox: Blackpool illuminate the Stadium of Light

Any hope that meek capitulation at Old Trafford would at least be followed by six home points was swept away in a torrent of missed chances against Blackpool. And, with the exception of Darren Bent’s well-struck free kick against the bar, badly missed chances (“my granddaughter would have saved most of them and she isn’t […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Blackpool (h)

Back to the Stadium of Light where a hatful of missed chances left us goalless at half time, and then mugged twice as wastefulness continued, our midfield and defensive play rediscovered old failings and Blackpool showed better movement. This is Sunderland AFC in snapshot, the most recent of Pete Sixsmith’s inimitable seven-word verdicts on each […]

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Old Trafford Soapbox: quiet day at the new Highbury

Pete Sixsmith’s dispatch from Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0 was accompanied by the message: “Here it is. No photos, no anger, just nothing. A poor day out; won’t be going there again.” What on earth can he mean? … At 3.20pm, after conceding a goal, seeing the ball thwack the post and bar and admiring […]

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Manchester United v SAFC, and why I love Boxing Day

AlicePopkorn From all at Salut! Sunderland – that’s essentially Monsieur Salut, Pete Sixsmith, Joan Dawson and a growing army of contributors, have a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy new year. Pete’s already looking forward to tomorrow … Read our big match build-up by clicking here or here. Or listen to Monsieur Salut 30 minutes […]

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Mid-term reports (3): good dreams, bad dreams

Our third and last mid-term report comes, as it should, from Pete Sixsmith. Pete gets to almost every match and applies uncommonly sharp analysis to what he sees. He reflects on whether it is now time to allow ourselves to dream of greater things at the Stadium of Light? But spare him dreams within dreams […]

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Bolton Soapbox: Cattermole causes Coyle to complain

If Saturday in Sunderland was cold by normal standards, it was positively balmy by comparison with what was happening almost everywhere else. But 1245 is a rotten kickoff time, as witnessed by empty seats that cannot all be attributed to the weather. All the same, three good points made it all seem like a heatwave. […]

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That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

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It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]

Come what may, can Sunderland go up?

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  Whoever turns out to be Sunderland’s next manager will soon – and let us hope it is soon as […]

Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

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One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may […]