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Not good enough for England? A Bent judgement

Bent for England. The cry was heard again after his latest goalscoring feats. But some observers feel Fabio Capello will not be swayed by his remarkable record in a team that – at least before our mini-run – had hardly kept him supplied with a consistent stream of quality service … The Daily Star is […]

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SAFC 3 Birmingham 1: is Craig Gordon the new Monty?

SEE ALSO: guess-who-was-our-star In praise of a footballer who has had to triumph over doubt – and done so in style … More years ago than Salut! Sunderland would willingly own up to to remembering, an away game took us to Huddersfield, where Sunderland won 3-0 in a game that began with a blitz on […]

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Sunderland 3 Birmingham 1: Bent double but guess who’s our star

A great match, after which Birmingham City will feel aggrieved to have lost by two goals, and a great result for us. That completes our run of four home games and we emerge from it unbeaten with eight points, a very decent haul. And this Craig Gordon clip is now in serious need of updating […]

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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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Sixer’s Wycombe Wanderers Soapbox:Maja rocks the Chairboys

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Malcolm Dawson writes……as I struggled to sleep in the early hours my thoughts turned to the afternoon’s events and looking […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Wycombe Wanderers give us a timely reminder

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Pete Sixsmith texted at half time that there wasn’t much happening and Wycombe looked comfortable. Half an hour later he […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: The Chairboys of Wycombe

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Malcolm Dawson writes………our publication of Pete Sixsmith’s twin series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (before our away […]

A rocking manager, Martin O’Neill glory days, Luke O’Nien: the Wycombe Wanderers ‘Who are You?’

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Monsieur Salut writes: I may have said it before but League One is a treasure trove when it comes to […]

SAFC vs Wycombe Wanderers: a prized return for Guess the Score

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Morecambe and a little ray of sunshine called Josh

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Pete Sixsmith sent a second seven word text about half an hour after the game last night:  Maja brings us […]

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