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

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

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.

Jake says: 'made this earlier'

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

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

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

Posed by John O'Shea, kindly supplied by SAFC

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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Is lack of inspiring transfer activity a real concern?

Designging a post-MoN banner is going to be tricky. Jake has opened talks

The older you get, the less bothered you are if a dozen top-class signings haven’t been made by the second week of Wimbledon. Jack Butler, a new guest contributor*, helpfully fills in some of the detail of news on which Salut! Sunderland has so far had little to say: the arrival of, or reported deals […]

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The bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?

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And so we have it: the fixtures are out. You’ll be getting your fill of dates, and conjecture from all […]

Alim Ozturk gets the traditional Salut! Sunderland welcome

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

No time for much else, but Salut! Sunderland could not let the signing of Alim Ozturk – our first acquisition […]

Charlton at home to start. Seaside promotion party at Southend to finish?

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Monsieur Salut introduces the full fixtures list for next season, starting with Charlton at home, remembers an ambitious pre-match request […]

World Cup Diaries: (4) Moscow en fête as Russians celebrate another big win

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

Our Boro-suppporting World Cup diarist – Monsieur Salut’s nephew, Andy Falconer – changes city. After revealing in the beauty of […]

Sunderland’s Spanish conquest: ‘the essence of English football in its purest sense’

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

This well-researched and, for Sunderland fans, heartwarming slice of football history was written by David Hewitt, a PhD researcher in […]

The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]