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Won’t cure post-Birmingham blues but test your knowledge of football anthems

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Monsieur Salut writes: here’s a quiz on football anthems. I managed only eight out of 10; it seemed a doddle until the questions about songs by the England squad I have spent years trying to forget. .. (more…)

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Choose Sunderland’s next manager: at least one O’Neill in the frame

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Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And […]

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What me, dirty? Get yourself a good lawyer, Lee Cattermole

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Just when you thought being bottom of the Championship made you safe from such things, along comes a website that actually calls itself and calls into question our fond collective belief that in Lee Cattermole, Sunderland have the most cultured, gentlest and fairest of players without thought of tripping, crunching, nudging or pulling back […]

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Is Middlesbrough vs SAFC a derby? Last chance to vote

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Managerless and bottom of the league, we need distraction. The poll provided one. Monsieur Salut brings news of the results so far … ‘I remember thinking how curious it was to see all these ancient buses full of supporters from Tow Law or Spennymoor or Crook. They seemed such far off places, somehow separate from […]

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The great debate: Newcastle-SAFC is a derby, Middlesbrough’s not’. You decide


Is Middlesbrough vs Sunderland a derby or just a match between teams not that far apart geographically? Monsieur Salut writes: it is a simple enough if inconsequential issue. I think it is a derby, Bill Harris – an SAFC stalwart, Salut! Sunderland reader and occasional Guess the Score winner – is adamant it is not. […]

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Norwich City vs Sunderland: them and us, friendly foes


By now you should have caught up with all our post-Bury and pre-Norwich coverage. Go to the home page – – if not and simply navigate. Meanwhile, Martin Penney from the Norwich My Football Writer site put some questions our way … (more…)

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World(l)y wise: when footballspeak produces a winning Scrabble move


We’ve done the Bury buildup. An outstanding Who are You? from Norwich is lined up, as is Guess the Score and the latest edition of Pete Sixsmith’s marvellous new series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team. So let’s veer slight off-piste and talk Scrabble. (more…)

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Enter Simon Grayson from Preston – plus exclusive transcript of the job interview

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Credit: MattytheWhite at Wikipedia First a club statement on Simon Grayson’s appointment as manager. Read it here or see a summary in the footnote*. And secondly, apologies to Martin Bain, chief executive, and Simon for hacking their phone conversation. In fact, it’s so exclusive that it isn’t true. All imaginary, just a spot of fun […]

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James Farrar: from following SAFC to playing Call the Midwife’s bad boy

James Farra with dad, Cass. It was before Chelsea away so guess what happened next

On days such as this, it would be wrong for Salut! Sunderland to detach itself from events in a cruel world away from football. Our sympathies and solidarity go out to all those affected or bereaved by the tragic fire in a tower block in north Kensington, London overnight Monsieur Salut writes: blame Barry Emmerson, […]

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Clough, Monty, trouncing Chelsea … Salut! Sunderland shares memories with Football Friends

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Monsieur Salut writes: Why does Salut! Sunderland exist? What prompted its creation? What was my first game? What have been my highs and lows of supporting Sunderland? All the kind of questions we regularly ask Who are You? candidates. This time the boot was on the other foot. The newish Football Friends site wanted answers […]

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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’

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 […]

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 […]