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After Toronto seize cup from Seattle Sounders, could Jozy and Grabban lead our uptable charge?

Jake: 'Jody scores, we're on the pitch'

Monsieur Salut writes: what strikers want to do is score goals. The best of them, like Brian Clough, Kevin Phillips and Jermain Defoe among our greats, also have a selfish streak. Above all, they want their names on the scoresheet. Lewis Grabban usually has no one to pass to anyway. But his tally in a […]

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

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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

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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: 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.

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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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Wolves, Cardiff, Bristol, Derby and Sheffield United join Middlesbrough, Villa and Fulham as our ones to watch

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Let’s go back to the start of the season (and don’t we wish we could). I polled our readers as […]

Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]