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Sunderland v Aston Villa: Guess the Score and help a good cause

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

When the glittering occasional prize of a Salut! Sunderland mug was reinstituted for the Everton game, it was a safe bet that Eric Bowers would win. After all, he’s already got three, though in fairness one was bought – making him as rare as, say, a priest who finds the painting he bought for £400 […]

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Cardiff City vs SAFC Guess the Score: as big a match as they come

Jake: 'get stuck in Lads, without getting sent off'

The brilliant result at Everton has ushered in an entirely different mood for Sunderland supporters. But will we still feeling good tomorrow night and on New Year’s Day? Everyone knows what is at stake for both clubs, one in turmoil, the other bottom of the league despite that Goodison triumph. Read what a City fan […]

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Everton v Sunderland Guess the Score: some sunshine to end bleak midwinter?

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Salut! Sunderland wishes all readers and contributors a much merrier Christmas than the plight of Sunderland AFC suggests is possible, and hopes against hope for a brighter new year. Enjoy the eccentric choice of a gallery of photos from the Royal Library of Denmark … Is it possible? (more…)

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Sunderland vs Norwich Guess the Score: a cup final already

Guess the Score in Derby County vs SAFC. Click on Jake's image to enter. Derby fans welcome to have a go

After the draw that should have been a win at Upton Park, I said that much as I hoped for a win against Chelsea, I was more concerned about the league game at home to Norwich City. It is a tired old cliché (as is “tired old cliché”), but this had much more of a […]

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Sunderland vs Chelsea Guess the Score: a glory march or a hindrance?

Another of Jake's Salut! banners

Given the choice, most of us would probably want wins at home to Norwich and then away at Cardiff and Everton if, somehow, that could be the trade-off for going out of the league cup as honourably as possible when Chelsea return to the Stadium of Light. But there may be the odd romantic out […]

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West Ham vs SAFC Guess the Score: with heavy heart …

Guess the Score in Derby County vs SAFC. Click on Jake's image to enter. Derby fans welcome to have a go

You can just imagine the thought process for West Ham supporters. Fourth bottom. Team’s under pressure, Big Sam’s under pressure and a lifeline may be needed. Just when all seems too gloomy for words, along comes the home game against Sunderland. (more…)

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SAFC v Tottenham Hotspur ‘Guess the Score’: maybe not 6-0

Jake: 'just make the first figure of the scoreline higher than the second'

Spurs at home on a Saturday night. A great start to the evening if the Lads win. Gloom galore if it goes the wrong way. Just for fun, have a go at predicting the scoreline. Spurs fans are welcome to join in. Don’t be put off by the lack of a prize; it’s only a […]

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Chelsea ‘guess the score’: Is it Torres v Brown?

Here's one Jake made earlier: 'as big an ask as they come'

John McCormick writes: I remember us beating Chelsea many years ago, when the world was young and the Busty wasn’t bust. More recently we finished just below them as Peter Reid gave our dreams substance. Then they moved into a different financial league and never have the twain looked like meeting again. (more…)

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Aston Villa ‘Guess the Score’: Wes Brown to score winner?

Jake: more coaching than playing at Blackburn

In a fair world, that – Wes Brown clinching all three points for Sunderland – naturally would be the outcome. It may be more likely, given SAFC’s recent luck on the road, that Wayne Rooney’s pal Neil Swarbrick will miraculously overcome his problems with distinguishing between red and yellow and send off three of our […]

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Stoke City vs Sunderland ‘Guess the Score’: our returning internationals must shine

Guess the Score in Derby County vs SAFC. Click on Jake's image to enter. Derby fans welcome to have a go

Over at, I argue the case that Wes Brown has a potentially crucial role in determining whether Sunderland stay up or go down. A sustained run for him could make a huge difference, as the performances at Hull (second half) and at home to Man City demonstrated. I considered adding that a sustained run […]

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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

Jake's back - and so are  Charlton

Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

Margaret Byrne

Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]