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Sunderland’s headlong descent and the destruction of hopes, dreams and passion

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Let it be made clear that grandparents cannot be held responsible for what happens, provided lawful, between their sons and daughters and their grandchildren. So Barry Emmerson must not feel personally culpable because his son, Martin, took 10-year-old Abigail, known to Salut! Sunderland readers, to her first Sunderland game after a recent dip in enthusiasm. […]

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

Footy loving Nathalie is second from the left

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?


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


Malcolm Dawson writes… 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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West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. It isn’t, as I keep telling them, and now there’s proof. But first I must make mention of Huddersfield, whose fans were told – some nine or ten years ago, apparently – that any who […]

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A daughter speaks about Jermain: missed at Sunderland, will star for Bournemouth

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Monsieur Salut’s daughter Nathalie Randall continues her campaign of contrition for having Sunderland as, maybe, her second club (after Liverpool) by offering her own fond farewell to Jermain Defoe, a personal favourite of hers, and urging Simon Grayson to emulate Rafa’s success as he goes about the search for replacement strikers. Nathalie actually wrote the […]

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West Ham just pip Manchester(s) as hooligans of the season

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John McCormick writes: It has been a strange day. First, an e-mail from Pete Sixsmith asking if I’d voted and including and article. I had, but closer examination revealed the article was his report from the Hull game and the e-mail was dated 7th May. Then came an e-mail from Oddbins telling me time was […]

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A daughter writes: amid the grief, a good night for Manchester

Nathalie, left, and team-mates in women's football. They get exasperated watching us play

Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter. She plays football better than he ever did and tries to make up for supporting Liverpool by liking Sunderland, too. Tonight, she watched Manchester United restore a little joy to a great but grieving city … (more…)

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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 […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]

SAFC vs PNE Guess the Score: the Coleman factor and keeping faith

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Monsieur Salut writes: here’s another Guess the Score. Pete Sixsmith may or may not enter but is already fearful of […]