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Arsenal-Sunderland Observed

The Observer again asked Salut! Sunderland to sum up the game and Pete Sixsmith was ready and able to build on his seven-word Sixer’s Sevens verdict (“Seen worse, but the slide goes on”). Let’s start, though, with a Gunner’s view: Louise Cowburn, Observer reader: It was quite a good match especially after the other night, […]

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Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0: no disgrace, but no punch

Yet another defeat dumps Sunderland in deep trouble. We now face a steep uphill battle to regain respectability in mid-table while further lapses at home could send us down. But we were not disgraced at the Emirates – and might even, with a spot of good fortune, have stolen a point … First of all, […]

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Last word before Arsenal: put egg on our faces, Lads

So it has been Arsenal and Arsene Wenger’s week: wall-to-wall coverage at Salut! Sunderland of the build-up to today’s game at the Emirates – plus our Alsacien friend’s intemperate attack on the Porto match referee, Martin “hand of Thierry” Hannsson. Incompetent or dishonest, said Wenger, before prudently settling for “not competent” (an insult that should […]

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Prime Minister drawn into women’s football scandal

It had to happen sooner or later. Gordon Brown has become embroiled in the scandal over the exclusion of Sunderland Women’s football club from the proposed Super League of eight teams – despite being current Premier League leaders, FA (Women’s) Cup finalists last season and a team containing nine international players at different levels. The […]

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Ha’way the Lasses? Haddaway says the FA

It is not such a shock that women’s football in England is to have a super league trimmed to eight clubs. What are shocking and, if true, an utter disgrace, are reports that the current leaders of the women’s Premier division, Sunderland, have been excluded from this elite. The FA has been responsible for plenty […]

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Good news, bad news ahead of the Emirates

Lots of Arsenal fans were drawn into some great crack here over the weekend. Some of them said kind things, but they are probably all looking at this Saturday as a home banker. That sort of means we have nothing to lose. But there’s a lot of pride to play for after the recent dismal […]

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West Ham’s pay cut saga: the way forward for us too?

David Sullivan’s warning that everyone at West Ham, the club he now co-owns, faced a 25 per cent pay cut did no harm to the players’ mood, the Hammers dismissing Birmingham City with a minimum of fuss to put more pressure on us at the bottom of the Premier. As our own aversion to winning […]

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Portsmouth 1 Sunderland 1: sorry Niall, sorry Steve

Another game against lowly opposition, another failure to show ourselves to be in a different class. Colin Randall endures last-ditch heartbreak – and a missed golden opportunity to win for a change – at Fratton Park Sorry Niall, sorry Steve: if only you had taken the players on a pre-match inspection of the away end […]

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A tricky visit to Fratton Park, but time to deliver

An 11-hour flight from Beijing gave Colin Randall plenty of time to ponder gloomily on Sunderland’s present predicament … Niall Quinn has reason to remember Nov 20 1997. It was, if my memory is correct, the last time Sunderland managed to win at Portsmouth and his was the first of four goals in a superb […]

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Soapbox: the quality of Mersey leaves me drained

 I couldn’t bring myself to watch this one, and settled instead for a large glass of red wine and back to back episodes of Brothers and Sisters on catch-up TV.    Even though Rebecca and Justin almost split up, Kitty was diagnosed with a serious illness and Ryan was double-crossing the family business, it was less heart-rending […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bristol Rovers and the Memorial Stadium

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John McCormick writes: this one was pencilled in when the fixtures came out but by Christmas I knew it would […]

The Bristol Rovers Who are You?: ´the day Sunderland trashed our dressing room’

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Monsieur Salut writes: when this is published, I shall be thousands of miles away in the UAE, somewhere between Abu […]

Bristol Rovers vs Sunderland Guess the Score. Aim for a prize-winning double

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Welcome once again to Salut! Sunderland‘s prize Guess the Score competition as Jack Ross takes the lads to the first […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland return to winning ways against Gillingham

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There are a lot more games in the lower divisions than in the Premier League, and even more with our […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Gillingham shown what for as Will Grigg steps up

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John McCormick writes: For 10 minutes I was winning a mug but I was worried, especially as Pete Sixsmith had […]

Sunderland vs Gillingham prize Guess the Score

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Off on holiday the morning after the Accrington Stanley game, Monsieur Salut presents a pre-prepared edition of prize Guess the […]

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