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So how is Herita Ilunga’s face? (2)

And another thing. Shouldn’t a player – any player, West Ham or Sunderland or whoever – be subject to an automatic substitution if he writhes in agony, Illunga-style, on the ground? It just doesn’t seem safe for them to get up and resume play, once the penalty/card has been duly awarded, as if nothing had […]

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So how is Herita Ilunga’s face? (1)

Quick post-match thoughts … Hands up those brave, sportsmanlike West Ham players who spent much of the first half screaming at the referee to issue cards against Sunderland players. And step forward the man who went down under Kenwyne Jones’s foolish push, clutching his face as if stitches and possibly one of those full facial […]

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How Sixer observed Birmingham v Sunderland

Pete Sixsmith was called upon again by The Observer to sum up a Sunderland game. What a pity they didn’t ask last week … THE FANS’ PLAYER RATINGS AND VERDICT Pete Sixsmith, SalutSunderland.com All the beachballs on Scarborough beach would have been needed for us to get anything here. Our inability to beat some of […]

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Salut! Sunderland status update: we’re crestfallen

** The embryo of this article was a rant, a denunciation of the corporate face of football responsible for the newly shorn look to the header you see above. Has anyone noticed? We’ve lost the Sunderland AFC crest. This is the story of how and why it happened (and why the rant became, we hope, […]

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The A to Z of Sunderland’s Marseille connection

The injury to Lee Cattermole seriously tests the strength of our squad. But Colin Randall feels that in Cana and Zenden, Sunderland have two of this season’s canniest Premier acquisitions … Confirmation that Lee Cattermole will be out for three months means that we will come to rely ever more heavily on the qualities of […]

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TalkSport, talk rot

Colin Randall takes an old Fleet Street confrère to task for suggesting our win against Liverpool should be cancelled out … Most of the time, I enjoy Mike Parry and TalkSport (can’t bring myself to start the name in lower case and then write the second syllable in upper). This morning, Mike was talking nonsense. […]

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Bordeaux: borderline lunacy

Until the Marouane Chamakh farce began, we had nothing against Bordeaux. Liked the city (though not too much), loved the (overpriced) wine, respected Laurent Blanc’s championship-winning achievements, albeit in a relatively weak league. Mais zut alors! M Blanc and his equally blank president have sorely tested our patience, and the entente cordiale … In deference […]

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Kevin Kilbane: from whipping boy to superstar?

Super SuperKev Super SuperKev Super SuperKev ….. Super Kevin, er, Kilbane? Well, there are Kevins and there are Kevins. Somehow, ending that chant with the word Kilbane doesn’t seem right. (more…)

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Be a star in a Sunderland film (or at least in the script)

Remember the fans who appeared, with varying success, in the fly-on-the-wall television documentary, Premier Passions, which revealed in excruciatingly fine detail the behind-the-scenes goings on at Sunderland under Peter Reid? From Martyn McFadden, editor of A Love Supreme, comes news of another project aimed at capturing the support of SAFC on film. (more…)

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Salut! Sunderland: thoughts on moving house

Moving home is said to be among life’s most stressful activities. Colin Randall has moved seven times in five years and knows all about it. Now he’s moved a football fan site (Salut! Sunderland), so knows that even an electronic change of address isn’t without its moments of tension … Slowly but – just about […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Middlesbrough FC

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John McCormick writes: I’d really have to think hard about whether or not I’ve seen us play ‘Boro at Roker. […]

Sunderland’s decline under Short ‘more Accrington Stanley than Leeds’

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Monsieur Salut says: when I said Salut! Sunderland had perhaps been too kind to Ellis Short in the past, I […]

Beyond belief: the football club owner who has never spoken to his manager

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

Welcome to the strange world of Ellis Short, reluctant and reclusive football boss. In the past, Salut! Sunderland may have […]

A Daughter Speaks: how Wigan and Rochdale restored the FA Cup’s shine

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Amid all Sunderland’s more pressing problems, it seems almost incidental to reflect on how old you now have to be […]

SAFC vs Middlesbrough Who are You?: ‘Coleman’s great but what a mountain to climb’

We were both in the Premier League when Jake came up with this banner for the game (we lost 2-1) that prompted David Moyes's infamous relegation scrap comments

Monsieur Salut writes: having used up virtually the entire Boro-supporting side of my family (my sister has lived there throughout […]

Post-Bolton thoughts: as Brian Clough said…

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By now you’ll have read Pete Sixsmith’s report from Bolton. I can’t find fault with it and there’s no point in […]