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Taylor Made: a cynical look at the A to Z of footballers’ origins

Jake and Bill

Bill Taylor remembers someone says football becoming like watching their Italians play your Italians. If he is right about the authorship of the quote – he thinks Len Shackleton may have said it – and a quick internet search did not help – imagine what Shack would have made of today’s Premier League. Bill wonders whether […]

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Delicious skill from Jozy vs PSG’s Luiz and a Toronto progress report

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See the caption in Jake’s image. It’s true. That’s what our supporters relentlessly chanted throughout Jozy Altidore’s dark, goal-free days with Sunderland. As we look to Defoe, Borini, Lens and the rest to deliver the goals he couldn’t, a Co Durham exile in Toronto, Bill Taylor, has had a chance to track Jozy’s progress since […]

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Taylor Made: a reply to Advochaat after Norwich debacle

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You’ve seen Dick’s rather lame Advochaat. Here’s a reply from Bill Taylor. It’s tough love without the love and there’ll be readers who agree and those who don’t … (more…)

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Taylor Made: a BBC football version of This is Your Life

Jake's Ales, Stouts and Yellow Fizz

Bill Taylor came across a nifty new BBC tool allowing fans of all Premier League teams to calculate their clubs’ performance during their lifetimes. Fellow Sunderland supporters – and others – are invited to have a go and report back any interesting findings … There’s no evidence to support this, but George Santayana, the Spanish/American […]

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Taylor Made on Sunderland in Toronto: a worrying postscript with Leicester looming

Lesley: 'hang on, Bill, which way are Sunderland meant to be kicking?'

What a pity that pigeon post from such remote parts of Canada as Toronto has become so unreliable. Bill Taylor, who lives in that city and attended Sunderland’s game the other night, reckons the poor things tend to get shot down over Newfoundland. If Martin Bates’s long-promised dispatch avoids those guns and reaches Salut! Sunderland […]

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Sunderland out west: the Taylor report from Toronto

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Malcolm Dawson writes….as kick off approached I was enjoying a few excellent pints of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord and taking part in a pub quiz less than three miles from Toronto. Meanwhile Bill Taylor, who I don’t think is related to the founder of the Keighley based brewing company (though he might inform me otherwise) was […]

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PDC’s Sacking: (5) ‘he’s gone but I’m not coming back’

'You decide,' as Jake used to say. But is there a middle ground?

Monsieur Salut writes: On April Fools’ Day, Bill Taylor, who has Sunderland blood running through his veins but has lived on the other side of the Atlantic most of his adult life, declared here: ‘My position is this: I will not support SAFC while this man is connected with the club.’ So, the cause of […]

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Sunderland’s 1973 victory parade: mistaking Sobs’s trainer for Porterfield’s golden boot

From the wall of my bunker in France

See all Salut! Sunderland’s articles recalling May 5 1973 and the run that took SAFC to FA Cup glory: http://salutsunderland.com/category/fa-cup/may-5-1973/ Bill Taylor could not make the final and watched it instead at his parents’ home in Bishop Auckland. His dad had been at Wembley for the previous Sunderland FA Cup-winning final, against Preston North End […]

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Wonga deal sparks massive interest.

By Jake

Whatever one thinks of the Mags’ owner it’s a clever trick to orchestrate a deal which brings in a fortune for the dubious benefit of allowing something to be called the name everyone uses anyway. This perhaps explains why the signage which was taken down was put into storage and not donated to Alnwick Town […]

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The Emirates countdown: expect a storming finish but a rocky start

Jake off to an early start to the season

Bill Taylor advocates realism ahead of Arsenal on Saturday. Whether that translates as the point he and most us would relish, or a philosophical response to heavy defeat, Bill expects the season to start slowly, if slowly’s the right word … (more…)

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Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]

On Sunderland beating Hartlepool 2-1 and Mannone ‘heading for Reading’

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This is not really Sixer’s Sevens, much as it relies on Pete Sixsmith’s reflections from Victoria Park, where Sunderland’s pre-season […]

Can Simon Grayson’s ruthless streak help Sunderland back to the Premier League?

... through the Championship, we're on our way?

At Salut! Sunderland, we do not necessarily long to hear the thoughts of Leeds United supporters. Their lot aren’t especially […]

Birmingham, Wolves, Brentford, Forest, Cardiff, Preston, QPR and Ipswich go missing from our poll

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I have to say I’m a bit surprised by the poll results to date. ‘Boro being top is reasonable. They […]