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Sunderland’s opening win observed

… a good, solid win…

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Sunderland end of term reports (4): seven good, seven bad

Since Salut! Sunderland burst into action in Jan 2007, Pete Sixsmith has delivered a seven-word verdict – known collectively as Sixer's Sevens – on each match, in relatively few cases games not actually attended by him. Looked at over a season, these judgements reveal a mixture of hope and despondency, wit and wisdom. In the […]

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Sunderland end of term reports (4): seven good, seven bad

Since Salut! Sunderland burst into action in Jan 2007, Pete Sixsmith has delivered a seven-word verdict – known collectively as Sixer’s Sevens – on each match, in relatively few cases games not actually attended by him. Looked at over a season, these judgements reveal a mixture of hope and despondency, wit and wisdom. In the […]

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Sunderland end of term reports (2): not good enough

A slight behind-the-counter hitch has delayed what was intended as the second of Salut! Sunderland's end-of-term reports. We are nearing the end of an extraordinary week (leaving aside minor league football in Rome) for Sunderland, the North East and indeed for this site. Ellis Short has given us some encouraging clues as to how serious […]

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Sunderland end of term reports (1): lest we forget

A lot has happened since Jeremy Robson, a long way from his native Murton, took this clinical retrospective look at a season that, at the time his thoughts were flowing, still held ample scope for disaster for Sunderland AFC and its passionate followers. A day that had not quite begun in his Canadian exile was […]

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Sunderland’s dodgy term: now for the report card

Some of us remember only too well the feeling at the end of another wasted school term/year. It was time for the report. Well, it’s certainly time for Sunderland’s. (more…)

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Dust settles … back to business

We’ve had great fun over the past few days, keeping an eye on – and making our own contributions to – what has been said about our survival and Newcastle United’s relegation. There will be more fun (and that, above, is Adamfearman’s YouTube reminder of Sunday’s potent mixture of relief and joy) plus, today or […]

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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)

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

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 […]