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Norwich City vs Sunderland: them and us, friendly foes

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By now you should have caught up with all our post-Bury and pre-Norwich coverage. Go to the home page – http://salutsunderland.com – 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

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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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West Ham just pip Manchester(s) as hooligans of the season

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John McCormick writes: It has been a strange day. First, an e-mail from Pete Sixsmith asking if I’d voted and including and article. I had, but closer examination revealed the article was his report from the Hull game and the e-mail was dated 7th May. Then came an e-mail from Oddbins telling me time was […]

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Rooney, Lewandowski and Tevez but no Sunderland men in top 15 most-travelled stars

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Alf Common, the first footballer to attract a fee in four figures when Boro bought him from Sunderland in 1905, had to cover the length of what is now the A19 to make his move. More adventurous later travels took him to Sheffield, Arsenal (then a sarf London club) and Preston. Charlie Buchan played only […]

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Swearing loyalty: how Sunderland’s long-suffering fans give vent in gloomy times

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Monsieur Salut wrote: the old ones are not always the best, but our current plight – described with melancholy beauty in Pete Sixsmith’s report of Sunderland 0-4 Southampton – and the poor health suffered by a friend prompted me to dig out this piece, first published in November 2008. The original article began with some references to […]

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From France with love: for Chelsea, Arsenal but Sunderland and Burnley too

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It came out of the blue. A message from a Twitter user plugging Heristage, ‘the only French-language site dedicated to English football’. The message directed me to a long and superbly detailed analysis (in French but at this link) of Sunderland AFC’s ‘Bank of England’ era, that period of the 1950s that older supporters identify as […]

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Salut! Sunderland: from garden leave to here – what we’re about

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See these (above) and other Art of Football prints by clicking anywhere on this caption Monsieur Salut writes: Salut! Sunderland is used to having its brains picked by others. I usually duck the questions, trying to farm them out instead to our star writer Pete Sixsmith or the deputy editor, Malcolm Dawson, both of whom […]

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SAFC vs Leeds United Guess the Score: who’ll be on top on Saturday?

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I nearly put SAFC v Dirty Leeds in the headline in an attempt to attract a few irate […]

The Sunderland AFC collection: fine art prints for Black Cats fans

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..like most websites Salut! Sunderland gets approached from time to time to plug various commercial enterprises and whilst […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Leeds United

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Monsieur Salut writes: in his latest addition to this hugely entertaining series recalling his first encounters with opposing teams or […]

Sixer’s Sheffield Soapbox: Smiling in August – and it’s good.

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Pete Sixsmith sent a half-time seven last night: “Playing well but need a second goal”. Unfortunately, it never came and […]

The Leeds United Who are You?: ‘top six for us and SAFC’

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You’ll need to scroll down now if you want to know Kevin Ayscough‘s* link to Salut! Sunderland and why he […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Sunderland. Tough going after missed chances

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Pete Sixsmith‘s instant seven-word verdicts on Sunderland games are part of the staple diet of Salut! Sunderland. If he is […]