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Darren Bent: an apology

Even more depressing than the team’s after-the-Lord-Mayor’s-ball type of performance at Wigan was news that Darren Bent ‘s mother was racially abused at the DW stadium. And even more depressing than that, he says a Sunderland supporter was the culprit. Bent vented his feelings in a message posted to his Twitter page after the game: […]

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Down to earth with a thud at Wigan

Somehow, when Steve Bruce said after the Arsenal game that he’d warned the team “play as like that at Wigan or else”, the longer serving pessimists among us knew what was about to happen. And happen it does. We fail to score even one against a team that concedes shedloads, and lose 1-0. Before what […]

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Arsène, Thierry and Jean-Louis: a triumvirate of French arrogance?

Colin Randall treads difficult domestic territory, braves the disapproval of a French wife and two half-French daughters and, setting himself up as judge, jury and La Cour de Cassation, finds two of the above guilty as charged … Not every Englishman is a BNP thug who steams through French railway carriages singing: “If it wasn’t […]

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Sorry Sir Alex, but this refereee is a class act

Cana the lionheart yes. Bent for his tireless running and for his goal. Da Silva’s unbeatable defending. Henderson for the maturity he displayed in sticking to his task and to Fabregas. McCartney and Bardsley for their best performances in memory. And, says Colin Randall, don’t forget Alan Wiley … It is not hard to see […]

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Niall Quinn: who else could make us like Chelsea?

Niall Quinn famously wrote: “I learned my trade at Arsenal, became a footballer at Manchester City, but Sunderland got under my skin. I love Sunderland.” From Colin Randall‘s mini-profile, we see that the Sunderland chairman’s powers appear to know no bounds. For as long as it may last, he’s even got us thinking well of […]

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Andy Reid and the Giovanni grudge factor

As it is internationals weekend, a large chunk of Salut! Sunderland is off to Istanbul to celebrate his wedding anniversary. Whether much new appears here over the weekend is up to another large chunk, and the IT and editing skills of a smaller chunk, left behind. But before I tuck into the kebabs, let me […]

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Eduardo, Ngog and an everyday saga of Bent penalties

The issue of cheating in football won’t go away. Is it a price worth paying for the cut and thrust of post-match debate? Colin Randall gets stuck in traffic long enough to hear a range of views … If we are honest, most of us love the controversy that football provokes. (more…)

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Making a meal of in north London – and catching Fabio’s eye (2)

In which the Spurs keeper is invited to thank his lucky stars and pipe down … There’s an awful lot of piffle from Brazil, and Heurelho Gomes is now beginning to get a bit irritating. Comeonspurs.com quotes him as “blasting” Darren Bent with these words: “I didn’t think I would get sent off because I […]

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Making a meal of it in north London – and catching Fabio’s eye (1)

Salut! Sunderland, while not caring enormously about international football, congratulates Darren Bent on his England call-up. Good for him, brings a little reflected glory to the club and may yet prove more meaningful than SuperKev’s inclusion in unSuperKev’s Euro 2000 squad. But there is unfinished Bent-related business. What was that about eating our words? Colin […]

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You’ve got a Friend, Mr Gomes

It is unlikely that the excellent Carole King had a refereeing performance decades into the future in mind when she wrote the song. But Colin Randall wonders whether Heurelho Gomes enjoyed a huge slice of luck today, courtesy of the man in black, Kevin Friend, as Sunderland slumped to a barely deserved defeat … IN […]

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View from the North West Corner: a belated bye bye to James Vaughan

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….with M Salut sunning himself in the Caribbean, it is time I suppose, that one of us pays […]

The first time ever I saw your team: Hull City

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John McCormick writes: I’ve never been to the KC stadium but I have been to Boothferry Park, more than once. […]

SAFC vs Hull City Who are You?: (2) poignant Wembley memories

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

  Monsieur Salut writes: Kathryn Townsley, our Hull City ‘Who are You?’ interviewee, talked here yesterday about all sorts of […]

SAFC vs Hull City Who are You?: (1) who will avoid the drop?

Jake: 'you may have seen this one before - M Salut just deleted the date'

Monsieur Salut writes: although we sometimes – OK, often – go back to familiar faces for the Who are You? […]

SAFC vs Hull City prize Guess the Score: the annual relegation scrap

Click on the picture above, guess the score and you may win a prize whoever you support

Oh dear, muses Monsieur Salut. The piece below was prepared before the Cardiff debacle. Will anyone be left to predict […]

Wrinkly Pete says: to be or not to be a borrower, that is the question

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John McCormick writes: It’s appropriate as we look towards Hull, well known Capital of Culture, that we get into the […]