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Making a meal of it in north London – and catching Fabio’s eye (1)

Salut! Sunderland, while not caring enormously about international football, congratulates Darren Bent on his England call-up. Good for him, brings a little reflected glory to the club and may yet prove more meaningful than SuperKev’s inclusion in unSuperKev’s Euro 2000 squad. But there is unfinished Bent-related business. What was that about eating our words? Colin […]

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You’ve got a Friend, Mr Gomes

It is unlikely that the excellent Carole King had a refereeing performance decades into the future in mind when she wrote the song. But Colin Randall wonders whether Heurelho Gomes enjoyed a huge slice of luck today, courtesy of the man in black, Kevin Friend, as Sunderland slumped to a barely deserved defeat … IN […]

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Get a grip, Sunderland

There are exceptions to the rule, central to the British approach to law, that everyone is innocent until proved guilty. Countless generations of children would tell you parents and teachers have not always observed the principle. Even in courts of law, there is one glaring anomaly: newspapers, magazines, TV etc have to prove their innocence […]

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Hammers and SAFC: jaw jaw replaces war war

Sam Haseltine, our Hammers previewer and Football United techie wizard, cornered our own Pete Sixsmith last night for a telephone interview that delayed Sixer’s evening meal but should be clickable above. It was a good idea to record such a discussion, though this may be Salut! Sunderland‘s last word, for now, on the Ilunga/Jones incident […]

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Salut! Sunderland AFC (Against Football Cheats)

“Old bald headed bloke” * – see comments – considers the response from Wearside, the East End and beyond to the Jones/Ilunga incident during the 2-2 draw between SAFC and West Ham … West Ham supporters have rallied gamely to the cause of their side following events at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. They […]

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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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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Shrewsbury Town, Gay Meadow and the New One

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John McCormick writes: I’ve walked past the Gay Meadow ground once or twice and I’ve driven past the New Meadow, […]

‘SAFC should walk this division.’ Shrewsbury Town ‘Who are You?’ (2)

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In the first part of a long interview with Glyn Price*, co-presenter of the Shrewsbury Town podcast Salopcast, we heard […]

Ha’way this Lad: Eric Keeler runs from sea to shining sea for Spinal Research

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Put aside thoughts about any other Keeler you may have heard of. Ours – that is to say, our fellow-Sunderland […]

Armchair Liverpool fans ‘can never feel our pride’. Shrewsbury Town Who are You? (1)

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Monsieur Salut writes: League One is proving a goldmine for Who are You? interviews. Glyn Price* maintains the standards set […]

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There is a hint of discontent at Salut! Sunderland, says Monsieur Salut. We’re broadly pleased at the process SAFC have […]

Sunderland AFC: embracing the sea change on the banks of the Wear

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Embracing the Sea Change at Sunderland. Two recent statements on the club website show just how things are changing on […]

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