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Hailing Glass Spider’s finest

Last gasp hero Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan At least Anthony Stokes has a sense of humour, with wise cracks about celebrating his long overdue Premiership scoring debut with “a quiet night in”. More of the same – goals, not jokes – and Pete Sixsmith will forgive him all his Glass Spider excesses Fair play to you, […]

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The Not So Magnificent Seven

Pete Sixsmith goes on the road in search of goals. Unfortunately he finds them in the wrong end. Colin is wrong. I could think of seven words to describe this shambles but none of them would get past the service provider. The best way to approach this is to look at the positives of the […]

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Jammy Mags

Wanted: performances like this Picture: db1874 How many of us uttered the words of the headline at the weekend. And how many blamed Craig Gordon? Pete Sixsmith springs to his defence Let’s deal with the Milner equaliser first. One of the students at the school where I teach at summed it up perfectly. “We could […]

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Man to man marking after another wasted opportunity (2)

Last night seemed a watershed of sorts, and it was difficult to pass it and remain in upbeat mood. Pete Sixsmith adds his own thoughts to Andy Nichol’s excellent analysis Thank you, Setanta. At the end of this feast of football, I breathed a sigh of relief. Not at the result, because that left me […]

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Mag owner’s commonsense breakdown

A Mike Ashley model? Picture: dgolfrabbit Doesn’t the dress code in football directors’ boxes err on the side of restraint? Pete Sixmsith offers evenly balanced thoughts on a threatened breach of etiquette at this weekend’s Wear-Tyne derby On the grapevine, I heard that Niall Quinn had written to the Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley asking […]

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Shades of two years ago

After Saturday’s dismal display against Fulham, opinion among the fans is divided, but only on the question of how dire a situation we have landed ourselves in. Pete Sixsmith is in the glum camp As I sat in the East Stand watching the late afternoon sun sink over Southwick I thought I saw four ghostly […]

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Whisper it, but Keano got it wrong

Kenwyne in the wrong R&W stripes Picture: Darren Sumner Salut! Sunderland is in turmoil. After all I said at the Blackcats forum about us being desperately unlucky at West Ham, Pete Sixsmith weighs in with a completely different view Disappointed…yes. Frustrated…definitely. Unlucky? Absolutely not. Looking like a Premiership side at times. But heading back to […]

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Where Saturday went

World Cup glory, Durham style So what do you do on a blank Saturday? Pete Sixsmith reminisced about boyhood and “real Rugby”, then soaked up the spirit of the FA Cup. Another week off for international games and another week without the fix of an SAFC game. Some of us (me and Colin) are old […]

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When Mackem passion nearly muzzled the swaggering Gunners

In the first of his new series of articles for Salut! Sunderland – under the working title of Sixer’s Soapbox (let me know if you come up with something better) – Pete Sixsmith draws huge encouragement from a gutsy Sunderland performance, while finding the Emirates well-mannered but soulless Getting up at 2.45 on a Sunday […]

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The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]

World Cup Diaries: (3) our Middlesbrough-supporting chronicler enjoys his first game

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

This is the third instalment of the World Cup musings of Monsieur Salut’s Boro-supporting nephew, Andy Falconer, who saves hard-earned […]

World Cup Diaries: (2) pickpockets, a river spectacular and becoming an honorary Dane

Andy with - it seems - a Hibs fan

England’s turn at last and even Sunderland supporters with only modest interest in international football will be hoping one or […]

The Beautiful Game? Wrinkly Pete’s thoughts on the power of football

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

John McCormick writes: We’re not the only old and famous club to be facing turbulent times and I’m sure our […]

Strangely Unmoved. What World Cup?

McCormick's Craic(featured image) full size 640 x 138

When Colin put up his competition about prediciting the World Cup finalists I had a go.  I chose England because […]

Salut! Sunderland’s World Cup diaries: (1) glorious St Petersburg

Promotion at first attempt!

  Monsieur Salut writes: 0ur summer faithful will have noticed that I invited contributions from any reader who happened to […]