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Len Shackleton: a clown, maybe, but a genius too

Two months from now, we will reach the 10th anniversary of the death of Len Shackleton, one of the greatest players – and arguably the most charismatic – to wear the red and white stripes of Sunderland AFC. Salut! Sunderland thanks Mark Walton, at the Blackcats list, for a link to a superb BBC 5 […]

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The day they knew Brian Clough’s career was doomed

Our magnificent man in his flying machine is Bill Taylor, who lives in Canada these days but is a Sunderland-daft Bishop lad. He has never lost the passion despite living thousands of miles from County Durham and even becoming a naturalised Canadian. Older fans will identify with his nostalgic memories of an early introduction to […]

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Clough or SuperKev or Marco?

Must be something to do with watching Diego Milito’s sublime finishing for Inter Milan last night and wondering whether he’s had time to consider a move to Sunderland, where he and Darren Bent could strike up a useful partnership – and challenge for places in our parade of best-ever strikers … There are things that […]

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Sunderland/Leeds remembered: it’s those magic numbers 7 and 3 again

Leeds United fans hate us mentioning it, just as Newcastle United supporters mock us for referring to Dec 5 1908. But since Leeds still have a good chance of following the Toon example in gaining promotion from a lower division, we’re sure they won’t mind another gentle reminder of the day every football fan (apart […]

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Salut! History (3): massacred by Middlesbrough, but Mick’s no quitter

In the first two extracts from his book, Sing When You’re Winning, Colin Irwin trod the familiar path of Sunderland’s history: early glory, post-war turbulence and 1973 fairytale (with as much literary licence as the Brothers Grimm). He left us with the anxiety of relegation-haunted fans as kickoff neared in SAFC v Boro in Jan […]

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Salut! History (2): Leeds, ludicrous perms and mad 1970s flares

In the second part of our look at Colin Irwin’s visit to the Stadium of Light – in the depths of the 2005/2006 relegation season – for Sing When You’re Winning, his book on journeys into the “soul of soccer” (good alliteration, but he meant football), we hear a potted history of our club’s ups […]

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Salut! History (1): a jewel from bleaker times

Colin Irwin is best known as a music writer, with a passion he shares with Salut! Sunderland, folk music. But in 2006, he brought out a smashing book, Sing When You’re Winning, based on travels into the heartlands of football. They were grim times when his odyssey reached Sunderland. We were on our way down […]

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Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: Oh oh oh it’s Maja…….and a dozen or so others!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..on the walk back to the car yesterday, I saw a yellow legged gull scrapping for a discarded […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it […]

The First Time Ever I saw Your Team: Rochdale

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A couple of days ago I thought I’d got it wrong, writes John McCormick, and should be looking at trains […]

The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

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Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up […]

Branch Lines: calling all SAFCSA branches. Don’t miss your connection

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For those Sunderland supporters who take the trouble to visit these pages regularly, it will come as no surprise that […]

Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]