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Seb Larsson goes to Hull with our best wishes – and thanks

came back but something was lacking

APOLOGIES FOR THE EARLIER LOSS OF THE SITE FROM THE WEB: IT SEEMS LIKELY ONE OF THE IMAGES USED OF SEB WAS TO BLAME. ITS REMOVAL HAS DONE THE TRICK There are departures and departures. Sometimes players go and we’re delighted to see the back of them, either because they proved to be useless for […]

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Robbin Ruiter signs: best news of Sunderland’s transfer window so far?

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Those attending, and others reading about, the pre-season friendlies in which Robbin Ruiter played for us in goal can voice only satisfaction and relief that he is now a Sunderland player. No one should damn Jason Steele on the basis of one rotten performance (vs Celtic). There were others in the team that day, notably […]

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Lens absent as Sunderland manage only a draw at Scunthorpe

Promotion at first attempt!

Pete Sixsmith was at Glanford Park for Scunthorpe United 0-0 Sunderland. “As inspiring as an Ed Sheeran album” was his slightly harsh (but on whom?) seven-word verdict. What matters was not so much one pre-season performance as the arrival of more new players and the absence of another. (more…)

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Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it was not surprising; nor, given our club’s wretched history in the transfer market in recent years, has been the realisation that we did not appear to have had anyone lined up. With the start of […]

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On Sunderland beating Hartlepool 2-1 and Mannone ‘heading for Reading’

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This is not really Sixer’s Sevens, much as it relies on Pete Sixsmith’s reflections from Victoria Park, where Sunderland’s pre-season campaign continued with a 2-1 win against Hartlepool – and news of Vito Mannone’s likely departure.   (more…)

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Who was at Hibernian 2-2 Sunderland? Tell us what you think

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Pete Sixsmith had other plans after the Bury game so no one from Salut! Sunderland was at Easter Road for the 2-2 draw against Hibs. Khazri and, believe it or not, the lesser-spotted Jeremain Lens scored good goals to put SAFC in a commanding position that was duly sacrificed as the home side scored two […]

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Jermain Defoe’s noble and moving farewell to Bradley Lowery

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Pete Sixsmith wrote in his report from Bury that the ‘beautifully written elegy‘ from Salut! Sunderland‘s assistant editor Malcolm Dawson left no need for further words on the death of six-year-old Bradley Lowery. He was right then, but is no longer. (more…)

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Enter Simon Grayson from Preston – plus exclusive transcript of the job interview

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Credit: MattytheWhite at Wikipedia First a club statement on Simon Grayson’s appointment as manager. Read it here or see a summary in the footnote*. And secondly, apologies to Martin Bain, chief executive, and Simon for hacking their phone conversation. In fact, it’s so exclusive that it isn’t true. All imaginary, just a spot of fun […]

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Farewell Jermain, enjoy Bournemouth. ‘Came as a footballer, leaves as a man’

Jermain: a star for both clubs

See club statement on Simon Grayson’s appointment as manager at this link https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/june/grayson-named-sunderland-boss The breathtaking decision taking to allow Jermain Defoe to leave on a free transfer – whoever signed that contract should be strung up – has had its logical consequence: he has joined Bournemouth. Defoe is a man who knows his own worth […]

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As talks on selling Sunderland collapse, are things at last looking rosier?

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So we have reached June 29, the retail launch of the new and controversial home kit (I still like the front, hate the back) and a time of the summer when all the big or ambitious clubs, and most of the ones that are neither, are well advanced in preparing for the coming season. All […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland […]

Carlisle Who are You? ‘when Shankly said ours was football’s greatest achievement’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Colin Randall writes: our Carlisle United interviewee Mike Booth, a moderator at the Carlisle fans’ forum thecumbrians.net, says most people […]

Carlisle United vs SAFC Guess the Score: a winning bounceback after Leeds?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut confesses: thank heavens no one went for Sunderland 0-2 Leeds. There are quite enough people who could tell […]

Sixer’s Leeds United Soapbox: ‘finish above this lot and SAFC go up’

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith had almost forgotten what it was like to have to churn out, week after week, doom-laden masterpieces combining […]

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Leeds United 2 – early season promise arrested by the boys in blue

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

We’ve seen it before of course. A great chance to take the lead is cleared off the line and almost […]

The Sunderland AFC collection: fine art prints for Black Cats fans

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..like most websites Salut! Sunderland gets approached from time to time to plug various commercial enterprises and whilst […]