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Stephen Wilson RIP

“… on his first passport, he described himself as an archaeologist because he was on a job scheme at Binchester Fort at the time… “

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SAFC’s Hollywood alter ego

…”Steve Bruce has done well in overcoming the won’t-play-in-the-North-East arrogance of so many players, or is it their Wags?…”

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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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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Goodison, ‘my favourite after Roker’

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Yesterday Bernard Walker expressed his love for Goodison Park.  Pete Sixsmith will understand why, for it is, as he says […]

Everton vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: a brief return to the big time

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut introduces another prize edition of Guess rhe Score and promises belated movement on the backlog of winners … […]

Everton Who are You?: ‘Pickford looks a great signing; Kone never did impress me’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

John McCormick writes: I talk to Evertonians most weeks. They tend not to be short of opinions – like most […]

Sixer’s Hull City Soapbox: Simon Grayson’s big band still not hitting all the right notes

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Malcolm Dawson writes……while I was watching Pete Sixsmith‘s home town club of Shildon progress to the next round of the […]

Hutch’s Hull City verdict: Olivia says hello, and keep clear of the Balti pies

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Rob Hutchison: far away at the time. Still travelling Hutch is back. If not in person then via a very […]

Sixer’s sevens: Hull City invoke the curse of the former player

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At the end Hull City had three of our former players on the pitch, so it had to happen. Nevertheless, […]