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Big club, Bordeaux: having a laugh?

When Sunderland wanted to buy Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux, the answer from Laurent Blanc, manager of the French side, was that we were not a big club. Chamakh could leave only for a big club. He was therefore unavailable, or unavailable to us. The club’s president added his own insult later, saying he knew nothing […]

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Did the real Kenwyne stand up today?

Salut! Sunderland is looking this week at Kenwyne Jones, whose performances seem to have the power to divide Sunderland fans between unwavering admirers and serious detractors. Will today’s two goals, in the 5-2 home win against Wolves, settle the argument? Don’t bet on it, says Colin Randall … Take a look at the Premier top […]

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Mick McCarthy: top bloke, shame about the Ls

As Sunderland prepare to entertain Wolves, Salut! Sunderland extends a hearty welcome to Mick McCarthy for what we hope will be a viist he enjoys for the warmth of his reception, but not the result. Colin Randall takes the opportunity of recalling the day he came to the aid of the party … Dec 10 […]

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Great own goals of our time: booing your own players

One disapproving postscript to the satisfying result against Birmingham City, and it’s aimed at the hard of thinking fans who decided the best response to Daryl Murphy coming on as a late substitute was to boo him. (more…)

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Can’t we always be two-nil up?

So, we beat Birmingham 2-0 and advance, as we hoped we would, in the Carling Cup. Job done, but only to be celebrated properly if we also go on to claim the three obvious home points against Wolves on Sunday. Colin Randall offers some thoughts on low-key wins … Two staples of the Salut! Sunderland […]

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Sunderland: changes in sight

Read Pete Sixsmith’s verdict on Sunderland v Birmingham at Salut! Sunderland tomorrow – and stand by for a special Who are You? treat ahead of SAFC v Wolves Colin Randall‘s shopping list from Hull City (h), Burnley (a) and Wolves (h), nine or at the very least seven points from three Premier games on the […]

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Soapbox: Burnley blues

His verdict for The Observer was succinct and spot-on. But that shabby second half at Turf Moor left Pete Sixsmith with plenty more to say … Standing in the away end at Turf Moor at half time, I received a text from a Burnley supporting mate, sat in the Bob Lord Stand to the right […]

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A needless defeat observed

Once again, Salut! Sunderland’s Pete Sixsmith was asked to sum up the match for The Observer. Why couldn’t he have had something cheerful to say? Abject, dismal, appalling – those are the words that spring to mind for many Sunderland fans when contemplating our second-half descent into unnecessary defeat at Burnley. Here is Pete’s more […]

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The diver turning in his grave

Colin Randall kills time with a quick rant about diving … When I was a lad and couldn’t afford a Subbuteo set, I devised a makeshift version using various toys – toy soldiers, toy cops, whatever came to hand – and a marble for the ball. The floor or table provided the pitch. My star […]

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Who are you? We’re Burnley

Burnley, “little Burnley”. The dark, satanic north-west as captured by Andreas Andrews. Also, a force in English football in the early 1960s, but a narrow escape from relegation from the Football League in the 1980s. Burnley fans have known thin times and only the older ones can have first-hand memories of a more glorious era. […]

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Thanks for the memories, Tommy Sorensen. Stoke, Aston Villa fans may agree

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Pete Sixsmith bids a fond farewell to Thomas Sorensen, a great Sunderland goalkeeper of recent times, as he puts away […]

Sixer’s Bradford Soapbox: Jeremain Lens a consummate artist

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Pete Sixsmith took another one of his short breaks to visit a new non-league ground, sample a few pints […]

Sixer’s Bradford Seven: Lens and Khazri excellent in friendly win

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Malcolm Dawson writes…… following his trip to Nottingham where Pete Sixsmith saw Shildon AFC come away with a two all […]

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 […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]