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Another evil of corporate football, or just a fuss about a name?

Are the suits intent on chipping away at the soul of football until nothing’s left, as I suggested elsewhere in response to SAFC’s new Big Idea, hawking the name of the Stadium of Light? Or does it not matter a jot what the place is called as long as we are given something to appreciate […]

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SAFC 1 Man City 1: early thoughts

Come back for Pete Sixsmith’s more considered view from the East Stand. This is how it seemed based on a mixture of radio commentary and Sky … Craig Gordon, John Mensah and, until forced off by injury at half time, Kenwyne Jones did not deserve to be in a non-winning team. (more…)

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SAFC 4 Bolton 0: doctor’s orders

Beating fellow strugglers is a start, not a transformation. But Sunderland fans can allow themselves a huge sigh of relief this morning – and dare to hope that the corner has been turned at last … Salut! Sunderland is tucking into some humble pie with nothing short of relish. We demanded nothing less than a […]

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SAFC v Bolton: the long and Short of it

Long is what we’ve had to wait for a win, if we agree that beating a team 100 or so places below us, in the cup, doesn’t really count. Short is Ellis, due to join tonight’s endurance test – watching Sunderland at home to Bolton – before meeting his manager, Steve Bruce, tomorrow. The message […]

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The Hammers hate Bolton: we just fear them

West Ham 1 Bolton 2. Highly unwelcome news from the East End. Please let that be the end of the Wanderers’ revival … Rapidhammer, one of my partners in crime at FootballUnited.com, has just posted a match report headed “I hate Bolton”. Since I had come to regard the Hammers as certainties to climb out […]

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Niall Quinn and losses: when Irish eyes stop smiling

Did anyone else see the RTE Sport headline? It read:”Niall Quinn plays down forthcoming losses.” And it frankly sent me heading towards apoplectic rage. How many more defeats are we to play down, Niall, I wanted to ask. (more…)

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Bruce in

Back to normal business – ie worrying about our own problems – we question the wisdom of clamouring for Steve Bruce’s dismissal but caution Sunderland AFC against taking future support for granted … The man behind me, in row 31 of the East Stand, was calling for Steve Bruce’s head before the first half was […]

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Supporting Arsène, Arsenal and Aaron. And, a little bit, Ryan.

On the Ramsey/Shawcross affair, we still await the thoughts of Monty and Rupert, names that somehow seemed to personify posh London football support when they were announced on tannoy at Arsenal v Sunderland. Lots of others, notably Gooners, have had their say, however, and not least at Salut! Sunderland … Just before the kickoff of […]

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Grand Central’s pledge to messed-about travellers

Sunderland and Fulham fans, students and all others caught up in the events of last night, when services came to a standstill on the Home Counties stretch of the east coast main line: take note. Our report of the delay has attracted a full response from Grand Central, the operator used – generally with great […]

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SAFC 0 Fulham 0: Grand Central blues

Colin Randall crowns a grand, pleasure-free day out at the Stadium of Light by sitting on a crowded Grand Central train stuck in the wilderness for more than three hours with no particular place to go You know, said Lee, the man in the Wetherspoons pub before the game, I just have a feeling in […]

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Sunderland vs Rochdale prize Guess the Score. Keep Henderson quiet, Lads

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Hail the return of Guess the Score in prize format – Monsieur Salut is in a slightly better mood this […]

The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

Jesus saves: but did John tap in the rebound? Read on for the full story

Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up […]

Branch Lines: calling all SAFCSA branches. Don’t miss your connection

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For those Sunderland supporters who take the trouble to visit these pages regularly, it will come as no surprise that […]

Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]

View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home […]

Sixer’s Burton Soapbox: a bitter defeat at the home of The Brewers

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I spent the weekend catching up some of my old muckers from the East Midlands, two of whom […]