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QPR vs SAFC ‘Guess the Score’: no beer, no prize

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 [...]

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Birmingham vs SAFC ‘Guess the Score’: Lee Clark, SMB and another Wembley dream

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 [...]

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SAFC vs Manchester United Guess the Score: this is their cup final

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 [...]

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West Bromwich Albion vs SAFC: the return of Guess the Score

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.

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SAFC vs Swansea: last Guess the Score of a season to remember

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 [...]

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Sunderland vs WBA: the penultimate Guess the Score, with thanks to Guingamp

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, [...]

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Guess the Score: can we save our season at Manchester United?

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.

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SAFC vs Cardiff City: Guess the Score in this ‘massive crunch match’

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 [...]

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Chelsea ‘Guess the Score’: hatful for them, valiant win for Sunderland?

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 [...]

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Sunderland vs Everton Guess the Score: stick to football, not cricket figures

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 [...]

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Salut! Sunderland: The Way It Is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is is [...]

Sixer’s QPR Soapbox: Sunderland slip up as Cattermole made to tread egg shells

Pete Sixsmith‘s wisest decision on Saturday was his choice of pub, the trick being to beat the ploddish Met Police [...]

Keir’s Player ratings: QPR 1 Sunderland 0 (and a bit from Birmingham)

Keir Bradwell sums up the players’ individual performances in marks out of 10 for the games at Loftus Road and [...]

For Bodjongo, for Fahim and maybe a little for Shankly’s ghost

Sixer warned he’d be late with his Soapbox, a day out on the Northumberland coast shading it as the more [...]

Pure Poyetry: hating to lose to QPR

Malcolm Dawson writes….even this early in the season I had a feeling this game could be the defining one. The [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: QPR 1 v Sunderland 0 back to earth with a bump

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith has had a busy week. Tow Law on Friday, Wembley on Saturday, Sunderland on Sunday, Birmingham [...]

A tale of two cities, Sunderland and Newcastle, on league cup duty

Let Rob Hutchinson explain for himself how he came to see us and the Mags on successive nights …