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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: 12+1 Manchester United

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First of all, massive apologies to Pete Sixsmith, who intended his excellent series to end yesterday, the anniversary of his last chosen game. It was delayed not to coincide with tonight’s Capital One cup semi versus the same opposition, Man Utd, but by simple incompetence. Perhaps we were thrown by his decision to make the […]

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (12) Carlisle United

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So, the 12th day of Christmas – and of Pete Sixsmith‘s look back at memorable games played over the Christmas/New Year period – can be said to have arrived. They think it’s all over. Ah, but Pete has a Baker’s Dozen in mind … See the full series here: (more…)

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (11) Port Vale

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Pete Sixsmith nears the end of an entertaining series of recollections – or, in one or two cases, historical research – of matches played over the festive season. Atkinson, Davenport and Byrne are the names that counted in this game, the start of a run that finished with Sunderland’s last FA Cup Final … See […]

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (10) Hartlepool United and Arca’s day

Can we keep the faith?

Pete Sixsmith digs into the memory again to find a 10th Christmas period game about which he can reminisce as a safe alternative to slitting his wrists in despair at Sunderland’s latest act of shooting self in foot. Here he recalls one of the happy moments from Julio Arca’s time at the club … (more…)

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (8) Manchester City and Ji

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Salut! Sunderland wishes all readers a happy, prosperous and relegation-free 2014 Some games will never be forgotten and Pete Sixsmith has identified a few of them already in his Twelve Days of Christmas series. Cast your minds back two years back to New Year’s Day 2011 when Martin O’Neill’s ‘new manager bounce’ was still reaching […]

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (7) Manchester City

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Pete Sixsmith continues with the task he set himself of finding a match to reflect upon for each of 12 days of the festive season. Today he recalls the start of the illustrious Sunderland career of the 1973 FA Cup-winning team captain Bobby Kerr… See the Twelve Days of Christmas series in full at […]

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas (6): Newcastle United

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

John McCormick writes. I must have been at this game but I can’t remember anything about it. Maybe the disappointment at the result has caused me to blot it from my mind, or maybe it’s true that if you can remember the sixties you weren’t there. No, that can’t be right. Pete Sixsmith was there, and […]

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (5) Fulham

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John McCormick writes: In his fifth reminiscence of Sunderland games played over the festive season, Pete Sixsmith goes back to another promotion season. This is probably one of the many where I didn’t get to a game, unless I went to Stoke, but I do remember the signing of Marangoni and the anticipation that came […]

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (4) Leeds United

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith‘s whimsical journey through a long memory of Sunderland games over Christmas takes him to the promotion season of 1963-64 and a crucial game. After just missing out the previous season nothing could be taken for granted and although it was to early to tell how the season would unfold, Leeds […]

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (3) Manchester United

Jake fancies a Wickham hat trick

John McCormick writes:   While it’s always a pleasure to introduce a piece by Pete, having a pint  with the man himself prior to the Everton game gave this post an added dimension (And doesn’t the beer taste good, Pete?) Being bound up in the turmoil and prospects of our team, as we all are, we […]

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That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Donald Stewarts’ Madrox group is now on the brink […]

Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

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It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]

Come what may, can Sunderland go up?

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  Whoever turns out to be Sunderland’s next manager will soon – and let us hope it is soon as […]

Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

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One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may […]