Can two sets of supporters, from good, decent football clubs, be trusted to share the same licensed premises with a couple of coppers on hand to nip any nonsense in the bud? The answer from the Met is No. So make sure to get your pre-match pints in Kings Cross or elsewhere. Shepherds Bush may [...]
It seems only five minutes, but is more than five months, since we were all putting a thumping at Arsenal behind us and watching a spirited first half at Wembley in which Fabio Borini scored one cracker, from Adam Johnson’s marvellous long ball, and ought to have had another. Citeh then produced two even better [...]
Few pundits expect Sunderland to emerge from a game against Manchester United, even a home game, other than as a beaten team. No matter that we overcame them twice last season, away in the league and over two legs in the league cup. MUFC will always start favourites against us. Even after the opening day [...]
Well, the season is about to start. Let us kick off a new series of Guess the Score, the competition which sometimes sees Salut! Sunderland offering, with a straight face, a mug as the winner’s prize … and sometimes offering nothing, not even the guarantee of reward in heaven.
And thanks heavens for that. I now have a lot of serious saving to do to fund the lorryloads of mugs owed to recent winners of Guess the Score. I said there’d be a prize for each competition until our fate was determined and it seems churlish to revert to a for-fun-only basis for the [...]
Nolwenn Leroy is not only an uncommonly canny lass but a great Breton (not the same, except literally, as Great Briton) singer. On Saturday night, she sang her heart out for the Lads with this superb rendition of Brittany’s anthem, which the Welsh and Cornish-speaking Cornish may well recognise, both sets of Lads being Breton, [...]
The answer to the question posed in the headline, logically, is No. Sunderland have done brilliantly in the league cup and in recent Premier League games. We all hope and hope again that Saturday might bring at least one point and maybe three.
No one correctly guessed the score at Chelsea. That does not mean no Salut! Sunderland reader could bring himself or herself to predict an away win: the thin entry offered 1-1, 2-2 twice, 2-0 along with 2-1 and 3-1 to Chelsea but also, heroically, “William C” with 1-0 to the Lads. I also give credit [...]
The heartbreaking nature of Man City’s undeserved equaliser should not detract from the pride we can take, finally and for the first time since we last played them, in a Sunderland performance. Pete Sixsmith is probably right – too little, too late – but it is important for own morale, and for the future health [...]
I have promised a prize in each Guess the Score unless or until relegation is a certainty. That holds. Pete Sixsmith expects mighty embarrassment on Saturday. Everton have been in terrific form. We, er, have not. I have a horrible premonition about Gus Poyet’s post-match e-mail ruing that killer third goal, just when we looked [...]