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Keano’s squad: fine wine maturing, or a bit Corked?

Just needed the tiniest of excuses to bring you a few more of Peadar O’Sullivan’s pictures. Keane: a mixed welcome Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan Peadar could not make it to Cork City to see the team he follows take on the Lads last night. So what reception would he have given the returning heroes – or, […]

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Bohemian rhapsody

This batch of pictures comes from a fabulous portfolio created during the pre-season friendly against Bohemians by Peadar O’Sullivan, passionate football fan and clearly gifted amateur photographer. Now I remember Aisling Quinn as a little girl proudly taking to the field at the Stadium of Light to help her big daddy celebrate the finale of […]

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Coming out

There are some things in life you just cannot bring yourself to say. A child abuser, I suspect, would struggle with all the implications of announcing to the world: “I’m a paedophile.” Tony Blair might not actually enjoy being ordered to exclaim: “Yep, I was a Tory all along.” Simon Cowell would never shout it […]

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Worse things happen

What was I saying? If you lose a pre-season friendly, you just wait for the boss to say it doesn’t matter because these games are all about fitness, not the results. Since I have not read a match report, that is the only positive thought I can muster on hearing of our 1-0 defeat at […]

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Len Shackleton: the sad news that was too hot to print

The other day, I came across my old Len Shackleton t-shirt in a pile of worn-less-often SAFC related togs. It may have been sandwiched between my Lionel Perez t-shirt and a couple of old tops commemorating promotions that led to relegations. Most people probably remember the Shack one from the excellent people at Philosophy Football: […]

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Looking back as well as forward

One part of me wants to write about Roy Keane’s Premiership squad finally taking shape. Roker Lighthouse Picture: jonboy24/7 The signing of Kieran Richardson was a great coup, and adds usefully to the build-up of pre-season excitement. And I am relieved tha despite speculation about David Bellion, he ended up going to Bordeaux (from Nice). […]

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Blowing trumpets

Salut! and its offshots, Salut Live! and Salut! Sunderland, have no special rule book about the separation of editorial and advertising. These site take a lot of time to maintain, and have no obvious source of proper income. They are, on the other hand very rewarding in other ways and I love the exchanges, many […]

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Newborn Mackem: the first interview

Dad – John Penman – cannot make up his mind whether it’s Kristin or Kirsten. The baby herself, at last in red and white (there’s another pic on the continuation page), knows her own mind perfectly well. She is, we are told, “delighted though with her debut on Salut! Sunderland” and the international celebrity it […]

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Away the Lads, and a new Mackem lass

After yesterday’s burst of nostalgia, let’s look forward to the new season. Here’s a reminder of the new away top which some – most – of you will already have seen. Thanks to Boylesports, the club’s new sponsors, for the image, which gives me an excuse to draw your attention to the link to their […]

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You have to be 34 and a bit to remember this

34-and-a-bit indeed, and even then only if you were an exceptionally precocious sprog. But let’s put the Michael Chopra saga to one side, just for now. If he comes – and so many sources report that he is coming, for £5m, that only a medical problem or disagreement over wages seems likely to stand in […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Fulham supporting Richard Osman’s team leave Wearside pointless

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

Malcolm Dawson writes…………..Santa called early this year and on his way to bring joy and happiness to the children of […]

Sixer’s sevens: Out of the bottom three as the long wait ends

Jake

Malcolm Dawson is occupying Pete’s seat and I believe he’ll be doing the match report tomorrow, as befits someone in such […]

The first time ever I saw your team: Fulham

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

John McCormick writes: I can only remember one game against Fulham, and that was at Craven Cottage, where, like Pete […]

SAFC vs Fulham Who are You?: ‘our possession football can be devastating’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Monsieur Salut writes: I had a dream; Sunderland beat Fulham 2-0 before my eyes to end the home hoodoo. A […]

Lee Cattermole: for better or for worse, time to go? Vote now

Do you think any Mags could love him?

 ? It is fair to say Lee Cattermole has long divided opinion among Sunderland supporters. Perhaps all or certainly most […]

Bearing gifts, Sixer as not seen before (since this time last year)

Santa and Josh Maja delivering joy and happiness in County Durham

The Last Time Ever I Looked, the star of Salut! Sunderland’s gripping series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your […]