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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

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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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The SAFC v Manchester City Guess the Score: four wins in four?

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Let us first of all take the bull by the horns. I raised the question the other day of whether it would be a good idea to make Guess the Score a self-financing sweep with a cash prize each time. (more…)

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Sunderland v Southampton ‘Guess the Score’: reaching for glory amid the gloom

Jake wonders whether we're doing a Wigan, bound for cup glory - and the Championship

It’s nearly here. Tomorrow, which will coincidentally be a full week on from the (unfulfilled) promise by Northumbria Police to get back to Salut! Sunderland with answers to our questions about the disgraceful late change to the matchdate, Sunderland play Southampton in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. In a season that has […]

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Hull City Guess the Score: is Father Marc seeking new papal miracle?

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

Salut! Sunderland never had its star illustrator Jake down as the sort to believe in the power of prayer. But here he is imagining himself in the place of the Sunderland club chaplain, Father Marc Lyden-Smith, who seems to have had a spot of success in persuading Pope Francis to arrange some much-needed divine inspiration […]

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Sunderland vs Newcastle United Guess the Score: even Geordiedoonsooth can enter

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Last week, the prize offered in Guess the Score was a generous, unaffordable £50 but the bar was set high: to win, you needed correct scorelines from two internationals plus the Swansea match. No one got close enough to trouble me, but then not many bothered to enter at all. The rest must have known […]

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Guess the Score special: Swansea-Sunderland, England-Poland, Belgium-Wales

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There is something very special to Monsieur Salut about the first of the three games in the headline. It will be his debut for the season so far at a Sunderland game. (more…)

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SAFC vs Manchester United Guess the Score: a brand of gloryseeking

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

OK, it’s only Tuesday. But let’s go early this week. The Man Utd “Who are You?” is ready to run but will appear tomorrow or Thursday. No reason, though, why we shouldn’t get cracking in the build-up to Saturday evening’s momentous game with Guess the Score. The good news is that the prize is back. […]

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SAFC vs Liverpool Guess the Score: in off the beachball for Altidore

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

Come on, all you serial optimists. Have another go at guessing a Sunderland score, the game at home to Liverpool on Sunday. William C got it right on Tuesday – 2-0 to us – and wins a mug. Two in a week is a bit much so let’s make this another one just for fun. […]

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SAFC v Peterborough United: a non-revolutionary, post-PDC Guess the Score

Srirtign before the sacking, Jake said: 'If it goes tits up against this mob I reckon Paolo may find himself wearing a concrete overcoat..'

Whether the revolution is over or on hold, just waiting for a new leader, there’s business to be done. Kevin Ball has passion and knowledge, commands respect and does his level best. No one could prepare players better than he’ll be doing for the third round Capital One cup game against Peterborough. You’d want him […]

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Wolves and Cardiff, then Fulham and Villa. Then pick two from three (or four?) (or five?)

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Yesterday you might have seen how I – or rather our readers – came to select a number of clubs […]

Wolves, Cardiff, Bristol, Derby and Sheffield United join Middlesbrough, Villa and Fulham as our ones to watch

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Let’s go back to the start of the season (and don’t we wish we could). I polled our readers as […]

Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]