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Young people of today! For Olivia, the sky’s the limit for helping Bradley

Olivia: before

Olivia Hutchison no nonger needs to be introduced as the daughter of our regular contributor Rob Hutchison. From now, he’s just Olivia’s dad. And from Rob came news today that Olivia’s Just Giving fund in aid of Bradley Lowery, following her recent parachute jump in aid of the appeal for the brave little lad in […]

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Sunderland’s demise: blame Moyes, blame Short, blame life

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Forgive Monsieur Salut for feeling down. How can a Sunderland supporter be otherwise? The poor response, in terms of readers, to yesterday’s pre-match package, a very good ‘Who are You?’ and another prize Guess the Score, suggested lots of us have simply lost interest. We remain fans of the only club we’ve properly supported but […]

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David Moyes: serial boor or living up to the football manager caricature?

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More than 45 years ago, a gas explosion in David Moyes’s native Scotland – Clarkston, East Renfrewshire to be precise – killed 22 people. It was a terrible event but one, happily rare occurrence ensured that every gas leak or minor explosion for weeks, anywhere in the UK, was reported as if part of a […]

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Olivia’s leap of faith for Bradley Lowery

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Olivia Hutchison made her parachute jump in aid of Bradley Lowery’s fight against cancer on Saturday, her marvellous gesture raising £1,515 – just over three times the target she originally set. (more…)

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‘All my fault’: the man behind a golden milestone for Sunderland supporters

Wear Down South for the 2014 Leage Cup final. Image: Rob Hutchison

Monsieur Salut writes: the London and SEbranch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association has just reached 50 years of age. In common with many who leave Sunderland-supporting parts of the North East to ply their trades in and around the Smoke, I eventually got round to joining the branch after seeing numerous mentions in the matchday […]

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Jordan Pickford on his goalkeeping heroes: De Gea, Lloris, Hart and Schmeichel

'Get fit soon, Jordan'

Monsieur Salut writes: we’ve acclaimed Jermain Defoe. So has the country at large. Pete Sixsmith’s Observer Q+A talked of a man who, at Sunderland AFC, had enhanced his reputation as a striker and – through his quite beautiful bond with Bradley Lowery – as a man. Pete’s piece, reproduced in expanded form here, briefly mentioned […]

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Observed: Defoe’s England glory, Sunderland’s endless gloom

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First, heartiest congratulations to Jermain Defoe, for opening the England scoring with a trademark finish against Lithuania. In a wretched season for Sunderland, he has brought rare shafts of bright light. And recalled by Gareth Southgate after 1,465 days in the international wilderness, he ‘rolled back the years to show England what they have missed,’ […]

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Hail Jermain Defoe, Sunderland and – once more – England

 
His goals would have kept us up if only Moyes had got us to defend

Among the things it seemed impossible to believe, Jermain Defoe’s England recall was up there with “of course the pound will recover from Brexit” and “Sunderland won’t go down”. Monsieur Salut can live, just, with the former being a somewhat improbable development – while allowing himself a mischievous chuckle at what’s it’s done to Magaluf […]

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SAFC vs Manchester City: catch up on the buildup and guess the score

Jake: 'ha';way lads, prove to Citeh we're not 5-goal rollovers like Monaco, Huddersfield and the Hammers. Back to 1-0s to us?'

Jake’s caption sums up the prevailing thought. Why cannot we go back to the time we regarded a visit from Man City as a 1-0 home banker? I have been downbeat at ESPN about our chances, both for Sunday afternoon’s game and in the relegation battle. (more…)

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The blessed and the damned: ‘SAFC, Crystal Palace and one other for drop’

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The Observer asked fans of the bottom seven clubs to say who would go down and who would survive. Perhaps to no great surprise, all seven – our own Pete Sixsmith included – said Sunderland would drop. Pete did allow for another possible great escape but without much confidence. Everyone apart from the Palace supporter […]

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Young people of today! For Olivia, the sky’s the limit for helping Bradley

Olivia: before

Olivia Hutchison no nonger needs to be introduced as the daughter of our regular contributor Rob Hutchison. From now, he’s […]

Sunderland’s demise: blame Moyes, blame Short, blame life

Salut Wings

Forgive Monsieur Salut for feeling down. How can a Sunderland supporter be otherwise? The poor response, in terms of readers, […]

Middlesbrough vs Sunderland Guess the Score as the curtain crashes down

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Let’s not beat about the bush. Wrinkly Pete’s rose-tinted crystal ball couldn’t save us and nor could my sister and […]

The Middlesbrough ‘Who are You?’: on Juninho, Lauren Laverne and two doomed clubs

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So Sunderland are effectively two defeats from relegation, one if Hull were to win just one more game and goal […]

Sixers Says: oh what fun to see a Sunderland win, and against Arsenal

Jake: 'There's more than one team that play in red and white in Sixer's life ...'

Before heading off to Yorkshire for Rugby League, Pete Sixsmith decided to share his happy experience of attending a home […]

West Brom, Watford safe. Palace, Bournemouth, Burnley relaxing, ‘Boro, Hull, Swansea sweating. Sunderland propping them up.

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Another empty weekend unless you’re a groundhopper like Sixer or a local league fan like Malcolm, which means it’s time […]