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CALLING ALL OUR READERS. In the lead up to Christmas the Salut! Sunderland advent calendar will be up and running every day up to and including the big day itself. No not the game at Fratton Park! Our series will go beyond that, finishing on the 25th December. The idea is that on each day […]

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Leigh Roose: SAFC and Port Vale WW1 hero.

Malcolm Dawson writes….our first contributor for the Port Vale “Who Are You” feature was Rob Fielding who runs the onevalefan website. Appropriately, with the game taking place on the 100th anniversary of The Armistice, he has unearthed the story of a former player of both clubs who lost his life on the Somme in WW1. […]

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Sour grapes from Charlton fans after defeat – or a reality check for Sunderland?

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There was a technical issue with the original posting, which this supersedes … Monsieur Salut has done a trawl through one Charlton fan forum, Charlton Life, to check on the reactions of Addicks fans, whether in the travelling support, watching on TV or absent altogether, to their side’s opening-day defeat at Sunderland … ?? Lee […]

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One Sunderland fan’s winning day out – at St Mirren but in Paisley

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut writes: you cannot dance on the streets of Raith, or even St Mirren – it’s in Paisley – but I believe you can dance on the street, since there is (or was) a St Mirren Street. I don’t suppose many of our 500 fans at the 6-0 friendly win knew that, or much […]

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‘Yes Newcastle are gloating but there but for the grace of Rafa go us’

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Nick Donaldson is a smashing bloke in all respects save that he supports Newcastle United. A past winner of the Salut! Sunderland HAWAY award* (for the best interview of the season with an opposing fan; see footnote), Nick admits he cannot deny enjoying our plight at least a little but adds: ‘You have my sympathies’ […]

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A Daughter Speaks: how Wigan and Rochdale restored the FA Cup’s shine

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Amid all Sunderland’s more pressing problems, it seems almost incidental to reflect on how old you now have to be to have any dependable first-hand memory of May 5 1973: Porterfield’s goal, Monty’s double save, Stokoe’s sprint and our cup. Never forget that the London branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association voted years ago to […]

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Nick Barnes: ‘what’s it like covering a normal club instead of Sunderland?’

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Monsieur Salut writes: one saving grace of supporting Sunderland from afar, whether from France or London in my case, is the need to rely on Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett‘s commentary on each game at BBC Radio Newcastle. It’s not free as it used to be but for once, that is not the club’s fault […]

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Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?

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Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role of Irish players in England’s elite clubs. Since his research covered plenty of Sunderland-related content, we invited him to introduce his project …. With this book, I recall better times for the Irish in England’s […]

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The Sunderland AFC collection: fine art prints for Black Cats fans

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..like most websites Salut! Sunderland gets approached from time to time to plug various commercial enterprises and whilst most are given short shrift there are some that we feel will be of interest to visitors and some to which we are delighted to be linked. Now another which is worthy of a look […]

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A strange feeling, from a stalwart supporter

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John McCormick writes: many of you will know at first glance that the photo on the left is of Ian Todd. Others may not and, perhaps, would appreciate some kind of introduction. I’m not sure I’m equipped to provide one, other than to say this man is the kind of Sunderland supporter I’d like to […]

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Rate the ref: Scunthorpe v Sunderland

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In an attempt to minimise RSI I’m reducing the page to the poll and little more. I’ll set up a […]

Sixer’s Scunthorpe Sevens: A good point but we need to find that poacher

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What do you make of a draw at Scunny? A point gained or two thrown away? Luton open a gap, […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Scunthorpe United and Glanford Park

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It’s over 100 years since E M Forster wrote “The Machine Stops”. If you haven’t read it I suggest you […]

View from the Avenue: a Sunderland rallying cry to still half-term wobbles

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Monsieur Salut says: Paul Summerside and I joust regularly at Facebook about Brexit, a subject I broadly feel wisest to […]

Scunthorpe vs Sunderland Who are You?: ‘please don’t sing Garden Shed or Shearer song’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Ian Moore* came our way thanks to Matt Blanchard from the Scunthorpe Iron-Bru fan site and podcast […]

French Fancies: ‘star chroniclers’ Henry Winter, Sam Wallace and tenuous Sunderland links

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France’s leading Sunday newspaper hails four stars of Premier League football writing[/caption] How can I make this sound like it […]

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