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Do they mean us? A Coventry fan sees Sunderland ‘just give up defending’

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First things first, says Monsieur Salut. Laurie Kilpatrick, an excellent interviewee for our Coventry City Who are You?, was not among those in the sky blues section who decided a grand way of celebrating beating us 5-4 was to shower people below the away end with bottles and other missiles. From what I have seen […]

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Do they mean us? A Wall Street look at Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: it is a pleasure to come across a New York take on Sunderland that doesn’t just gasp in disbelief at the turkeys-voting-for-Christmas syndrome. When the Dow Jones financial newspaper Barron’s decided SAFC was worth a look for its Penta section, the task fell to Tom Teodorczuk, who grew up in Virginia but […]

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Do they mean us? How Sunderland fans shocked a Bristol Rovers Gashead

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Monsieur Salut writes: you might struggle to believe it but Doug Shields, a Bristol Rovers diehard, did an excellent and amusing Who are You? interview here before the game at the SoL. This offering also has its entertaining moments. But he doesn’t seem to have enjoyed his brief acquaintance with our fans the other night. […]

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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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‘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 non-gloating West Brom view and talking Lescott (up and down)

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Andy Caulton was seen on the pages of Salut! Sunderland before the game between Sunderland and his team, West Brom, at the Stadium of Light on October 1, a afternoon marked by a traditionally bad SAFC start, an second-half recovery and a late equaliser from our joint second-top scorer, Patrick van Aanholt. He did the “Who […]

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Arsenal and Gunners Town. Sixer returns the compliment.

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John McCormick writes: Like M Salut, I’m a fan of Arsene Wenger. Like M Salut, I’m a fan of Pete Sixsmith, now a published author. So it’s no surprise to me that Pete was requested to contribute to the Arsenal website Gunners Town, who supplied co-editor Dave Seager for this weeks “who are you”, prior to our game at […]

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Do they mean us? A Crystal Palace view of Sunderland’s win

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Jay Crame was our guest in last week’s ‘Who are You?’. A Palace fan since the mid-1980s, he is the founder and editor of a fan site, The Eagles Beak. I have no doubt he will be perfectly happy to see his post-match thoughts reproduced here. They add up to a good, honest and measured […]

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Sir Alex – or more likely some Newcastle hoaxer – on Sunderland

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If this reported extract from his book happened to be correct, Sir Alex Ferguson has taken a mild pop at Sunderland, its fans and their ‘ideas above their station’ aspirations. In the absence of the slightest sign that it is genuine, however, we should assume for now that it is a hoax, albeit a fairly […]

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As Others See Us: top six dreams, or down and out nightmares?

'You decide,' as Jake used to say. But is there a middle ground?

Every so often, agencies or businesses with no Salut! Sunderland connection invite us to publish guest articles. Most of the time, we politely decline. Jack Butler*‘s first item was accepted and drew a healthy if robust response; his second covers familiar ground but may once again provide a starting point for debate… (more…)

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Sunderland vs Portsmouth: a question of points no longer in our hands

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Even as I wrote last week that we would remain masters of our destiny and go up automatically provided we […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Peterborough make their point against Sunderland

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John McCormick is editing this in Liverpool, where one of the clubs could win the Champions League, not to mention […]

Sixer’s Peterborough sevens. Bitterly disappointing

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Is there another twist to come? With only two or three games left time is not on our side, and […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth ‘Who are You?’: a buildup that began in December

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THIS interview, from just before our 3-1 defeat at Fratton Park in December, was among many items lost when the […]

Jim Baxter: Dave Parnaby’s Appreciation

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Pete Sixsmith provides the introduction to today’s guest: Dave Parnaby is a Kelloe lad who started following Sunderland in the […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Peterborough United, London Road and the ABAX stadium

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John McCormick writes: It was an easy walk from our house to the railway bridge where, if you timed it […]

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