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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

Jake the rebel

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

Jake's take on a fine win

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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Barnes and Benno: eloquence meets passion, football inspires art

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We have been wanting a chat with Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett for a while. In some ways an unlikely pair, the tweed-loving culture vulture with a passion for the countryside and a former player and manager, fondly remembered for the sheer commitment he gave in red and white, who eschews tweeds in favour of […]

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Sunderland v West Brom: random thoughts on Rondon, Vic Halom and Baggies anthem

Jake: 'restore our faith, Lads'

Monsieur Salut writes: the review section of the UAE newspaper I write for, The National, has a feature they call The Long Read. I’ve done it a couple of times – from the Jungle in Calais and on Muslim writers threatened by fanatics for having a progressive instead of medieval outlook. It came to mind […]

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Salut! whimsy: talking tee shirts, cats and magpies

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Malcolm Dawson writes…… claims in a recently published book by football agent Jon Smith, only add weight to my belief that not only is Salut! Sunderland monitored by Sunderland AFC to find out just what the thinking fan is thinking, but is also the go to site for the players themselves (though maybe not ex […]

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Brighton at last? Norwich perhaps, or Derby, Leeds, ‘Boro and Sheffield? What’s your fancy?

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I was away last week and didn’t log on at much, on account of having a temperamental handheld device (a […]

From tumult to torpor: could Sunderland finally burst into action?

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

For Sunderland supporters, the close season has been one big mess. Going down had been unpleasant, all the more so […]

Graham Noble RIP: an adopted SAFC fan who lived up to the surname

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Monsieur Salut mourns the passing of a much-loved friend, former colleague and occasional occupant of Sunderland away ends … It […]

Salut! Sunderland’s ‘state of the club’ poll closes tonight

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The poll has had a good run and has now closed. The final vote updates the fugures you see below […]

The Championship cometh: we start with Derby, end with Wolverhampton

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Monsieur Salut writes: so now we know the who and the when of our Championship opponents for the coming season. […]