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On tour with SAFC: picture postscript

While waiting for belated confirmation and comment from the official SAFC site – imminent surely – on our capture of Craig Gordon, and indeed while clinging to the hope that more news on the transfer front still lies between now and 12.45pm on Saturday, the temptation to add two more pictures from the Irish tour […]

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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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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 […]

How our Coventry friends hijacked Salut! Sunderland’s League One promotion poll

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No sour grapes. We – or those of us with too much time on our hands – might well have […]

Bravo England and Sunderland’s Jordans. And now, Allez les Bleus

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Monsieur Salut writes: so sad. England should have been two or three up at half time but lost their way […]

Sixer’s pre-season soapbox: normal service resumes at Darlington

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I was in the environs of Darlington yesterday afternoon and pondered whether to hang about and take advantage […]

Burton, Scunthorpe or Peterborough – who’ll join Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton and Portsmouth?

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UPDATE: we saw the poll had grown, improbably, to 11,000+ votes with Coventry way out in front on 26 per […]