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Nick Sharkey RIP: ‘natural goalscorer, lovely man’

The long road. By Jake

Nick Sharkey, a prolific scorer for Sunderland in the 1960s and by all accounts a terrific man, has died at the age of 71. Salut! Sunderland extends deep sympathy to his family and friends. puts it like this: “The Scot scored 62 goals in 117 appearances for Sunderland during the early to mid Sixties […]

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What the well-dressed Sunderland footballer will be wearing at home

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The three footballers in question are John O’Shea, maybe not bound for White Hart Lane, Steven Fletcher, surely raring to go after last season’s disappointments, and – with the new goalie’s top – Vito Mannone, presumably living up to his denial of those rumours suggesting itchy feet. (more…)

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Fixtures: WBA away to start, Chelsea away if points needed on last day

Sunderland: the new away top*

Here we go. This is the provisional list of Sunderland fixtures for the 2014-2015 season, with the usual health warning about the havoc TV moguls and chief constables can and will play with dates and times. We start with the pre-season friendlies so far arranged: Darlington 1883 on Sat July 19, Carlisle United on Tues […]

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Goodbye Paolo: SAFC announces the parting of the ways

Jake: Were the press against him form the start?

Fans who were singing yesterday about Paolo Di Canio’s imminent sacking were correct. It’s official. This is what the SAFC statement said on Sunday night: Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening. Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital […]

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Don’t panic (2): Sunderland’s home start sees Arsenal, Liverpool, two Manchesters, Newcastle, Chelsea and Spurs after Fulham

Philosophy Don't panic

Stop Press: the ESPN piece is now live: Police horses of Tyneside beware: Newcastle play Sunderland in February. Click So the fixtures list is out and, on superficial analysis, does Sunderland few favours. After a winnable opener at home to Fulham, the sequence of home games at the Stadium of Light runs like this: […]

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Bramble and Kilgallon out as Sunderland retained list revealed

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

There was no room for Titus Bramble or Matt Kilgallon when Sunderland announced the list of retained players today. Other out-of-contract players released are Ryan Noble, Adam Reed and Ben Wilson. Danny Rose and Kader Mangane are not included in the retained list having completed their loan periods, though this does not mean SAFC will […]

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Jake and the art of fatherhood

Salut! Sunderland brings happy news of a new addition to the family of our star artist, known here only as Jake though his graphics wizardry has transformed these pages. (more…)

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Street League and how to help Sunderland & Shields jobless

Salut! Sunderland has been asked to give a little space to a fund-racing project bringing together the football charity Street League and the table football people Foosball UK.. Street League sets out to deliver “football and employability programmes to some of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people” and claims “countless success stories” working with 16-25 […]

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Stephen Foster RIP: supporter of Stoke, friend of Salut! Sunderland

Salut! Sunderland last heard from Stephen Foster, a richly talented man whose books on supporting Stoke City probably made him little or no money but stand as Hornby-standard classics of football writing, in January. Two months earlier, Stephen had contributed an excellent set of answers to the Who are You? questionnaire for the Sunderland v […]

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Sickbed blues, and never having to say sorry

Image: Mrs Logic We have the sterling assistance of Pete Sixsmith, Luke Harvey, Bill Taylor and our Who Are You? contributors to thank, along with the good fortune of a long break without proper football. But one way or another, Salut! Sunderland has done its utmost to keep up a decent stream of of interesting, […]

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Let’s go back to the start of the season (and don’t we wish we could). I polled our readers as […]

Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

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’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

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