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

one of the few bright poiints

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

Jermain: a star for both clubs

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’

Promotion at first attempt!

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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The late Bill Richardson, exiled SAFC supporter: where there’s a will …

Jake's images brighten these pages

Only last June, Salut! Sunderland recorded the sad loss of Bill Richardson, a long-time Wearside exile who remained a passionate supporter of the club he left behind in a country he never revisited. He retired only in 2015 but died last summer apparently after suffering a stroke … the little piece that appeared at the […]

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A key moment in SAFC’s West Brom no-show – and Papy’s little problem

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One bright spot on a dark day for SAFC supporters was the introduction of the Sunderland Echo’s new chief football writer, Phil Smith, to listeners to Barnes and Benno in the buildup to the limp display at West Brom. Phil is a Sunderland supporter, not the first to occupy this particular journalistic hot seat or […]

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Andy Reid on Keano and O’Neill, Defoe and Moyes – and Sunderland spirit

Andy Reid: by https://www.flickr.com/photos/darryl_se7/

So Salut! Sunderland was told the former SAFC and Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Reid, speaking exclusively to 888sport, was happy to answer our questions as part of the interview. He had some interesting things to say about enjoying his time at Sunderland, playing for Ireland and observing our current plight. (more…)

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A thank you from Salut! Sunderland, 10 years old this week

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

In which Monsieur Salut salutes all those who have sustained Salut! Sunderland and announces a splendid little prize competition … Take a grizzled old Sunderland supporter, a much younger Newcastle fan and the Shotton-born midfielder Tommy Miller. What do they have in common? Ten years ago this week, Salut! Sunderland was born. And the image […]

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After Stoke horror show, which seven Sunderland players get 3/10?

Jake: 'get that win'

Monsieur Salut writes: each matchday, ESPN FC expects me – or Pete Sixsmith when I am away – to send a report with a brief summary of the game followed by out-of-10 ratings for manager and team. (more…)

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Who ate all the pies? And which club serves the best?

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Monsieur Salut writes: what is it about football and pies? Things many of us rarely eat in normal, civilised settings […]

A daughter writes: amid the grief, a good night for Manchester

Nathalie, left, and team-mates in women's football. They get exasperated watching us play

Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter. She plays football better than he ever did and tries to make up […]

End of season reviews: (4) just hold on, Lads (and Lasses)

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Peter Lynn is a great asset to Salut! Sunderland, with his eternal optimism and absolute love of the experience of […]

Sunderland’s 10 relegations: the Coventry City conundrum (part one)

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

  Monsieur Salut writes: scroll down on the right of this article and you’ll find him: the perplexed Coventry fan […]

End of season reviews: (3) smilin’ like I’m happy, seeking extenuating circumstances

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

Colin Randall writes: I commend this epic piece from our associate editor John McCormick, his superbly argued but also entertaining […]

Hutch’s Patch: the despair of one boy’s plea to Moyes after Chelsea

M Salut: I trust dad was keeping a close eye on this ...

Rob Hutchison is not always restricted to one-word, one-mark ratings after games he’s (mostly) seen us lose. Scenes at Stamford […]