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Paolo Di Canio’s sacking: (1) another bites the dust but no Pulis please

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

Pete Sixsmith hardly had time to bask in the glory of a deservedly praised piece at the ESPN site’s Sunderland pages – http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/2100?cc=5739 – before he had to start writing again, this time on the news of Paolo Di Canio’s sacking. It kept him up late but he needed to get it off his chest […]

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Durham CCC: a magnificent achievement Sunderland and Newcastle fans cheer together

Another Tony Roffe/Jake collaboration: but do you need to be born in its shadow to support SAFC?

County cricket tean = Durham, county football team = Sunderland. OK, you have to be nearly 40 to have been alive when Sunderland was a proud part of County Durham. All the same, that’s how lots of people still see things. But at the Riverside ground (can we still call it that?), Pete Sixsmith saw […]

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Sixer Says: Arsenal and all that

Roll up for a repeat of 1958, says Jake

As a tough Saturday afternoon looms, Pete Sixsmith wonders whether the return of football has come too soon … Two weeks away from the Premier League is good for the sanity, the blood pressure and the cat, who does not have to dodge a stray boot when I come in from the latest defeat. However, […]

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Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, Man Utd, Sunderland and the window of opportunity

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Salut! Sunderland’s Pete Sixsmith can remember the time when the transfer window was just an empty space covered in an old potato sack. Now the latest window has been closed, Peter gives his thoughts on the last minute activity that brought a further three players into the club … The great day has gone and […]

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They say we’ve got a revolution: Sixer previews the new season

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

Yesterday a disappointing SAFC side lost 2-0 at home to an energetic, workmanlike Crook Town who showed flair when needed and took their chances well, making light of a disorganised defence. To cap it all their keeper saved a potentially game changing penalty which would have made it 1-1. Peter Sixsmith was there watching the […]

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When Scotland beat England and the Tartan Army liberated chunks of Wembley

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

England vs Scotland or Shildon vs Crook Town? Guess which Pete Sixsmith has chosen for tomorrow night’s entertainment and guess, too, which international game he feels moved to recall from long ago. And what a great excuse to parade Jake’s images of celeb Sunderland fans … (more…)

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McClean break: (2) maybe he should try his luck with Wigan Warriors

James McClean. useful squad player, no more

Test cricket at Chester-le-Street wasn’t greatly inspiring so Pete Sixsmith was able to get his teeth, as promised, into the James McClean departure. This is the second and final part of our look at the transfer; the first is at http://salutsunderland.com/2013/08/mcclean-break-1-bitter-disappointment-as-he-joins-wigan-or-good-riddance/ … (more…)

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After a great summer of sport, Sunderland revolution faces big August test

 recalled by Jake

Pete Sixsmith joins the general acclaim of a mighty summer for British sport, though he cannot resist another of his swipes at Rugby Union, and starts reflecting on the immediate challenges ahead for the new-look squad assembled by PDC and Roberto De Fanti … (more…)

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Sixer says: all change at Sunderland and Watmore to come!

By Jake

After such a disappointing campaign last season, this summer’s hectic business in the transfer market surely reflects the club’s determination to achieve better things in the forthcoming campaign, writes Malcolm Dawson. With all the interest in the Italians and the Cape Verde Swiss, the Argentinians and Swedes, the Americans, the Senegalese French and the Uruguayans, […]

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Who ate all the pies? And which club serves the best?

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Monsieur Salut writes: what is it about football and pies? Things many of us rarely eat in normal, civilised settings […]

A daughter writes: amid the grief, a good night for Manchester

Nathalie, left, and team-mates in women's football. They get exasperated watching us play

Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter. She plays football better than he ever did and tries to make up […]

End of season reviews: (4) just hold on, Lads (and Lasses)

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

Peter Lynn is a great asset to Salut! Sunderland, with his eternal optimism and absolute love of the experience of […]

Sunderland’s 10 relegations: the Coventry City conundrum (part one)

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

  Monsieur Salut writes: scroll down on the right of this article and you’ll find him: the perplexed Coventry fan […]

End of season reviews: (3) smilin’ like I’m happy, seeking extenuating circumstances

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

Colin Randall writes: I commend this epic piece from our associate editor John McCormick, his superbly argued but also entertaining […]

Hutch’s Patch: the despair of one boy’s plea to Moyes after Chelsea

M Salut: I trust dad was keeping a close eye on this ...

Rob Hutchison is not always restricted to one-word, one-mark ratings after games he’s (mostly) seen us lose. Scenes at Stamford […]