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Sunderland at the World Cup

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Malcolm Dawson writes….it struck me whilst watching England v Belgium that we have a full team of current and former, soon to be all former, representatives of SAFC taking part in the competition in Russia. How many of them actually merit their places if judged solely on their performances during their time on Wearside? Try […]

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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 DirtyPlayers.co.uk 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

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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

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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

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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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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

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Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

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The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]