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The Chapman Report: Watford and gap take on new meaning for Sunderland

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We went into the weekend with only the faintest of hopes. Surely the Lads couldn’t fire yet another blank. They’d be really up for it, for the two wins in four days that might, just might spark revival. Robert Chapman, standing in once again for Pete Sixsmith, saw the reality. Another lame defeat and the […]

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Bournemouth banter: (1) even the home fans acclaimed Jordan Pickford

Plaudits taken, the Lads leave the field

Monsieur Salut writes: in the absence of Sixer, almost recovered from surgery but giving this long trip a miss, Robert Chapman was given the Soapbox-ish commission as we stood waiting outside the Sir Percy Florence pub in Bournemouth, which was operating a one-in-one-out entry policy. Maybe wiser counsel should prevail: one win in 11 is […]

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The Chapman Report from West Bromwich Albion: another new boss’s losing start

Jake's view of the subs' bench

Once again, Bob Chapman stepped into Pete Sixsmith’s boots for the visit to WBA. And once again he provides an incisive assessment of what he witnessed, with an interesting having-it-both-way assessment of the one big controversy of the game … Here is a Salut Sunderland quiz question. This report is the fourth in a sequence […]

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Chapman Reports from Aston Villa as Sixer acclaims Lizzie Jones at Wembley

Bob Chapman seems to have had the sort of awayday Monsieur Salut most enjoys (except when there’s the cherry on the cake of a win to make it even better): pre-match pints with John Marshall and the Woods brothers, Mick and Gerard, followed by Sunderland goals to cheer and at least the avoidance of defeat […]

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The Chapman Report from Chelsea: summer relief for the well-travelled SAFC fan

not giving up

Bob Chapman brings down the curtain on what we hope has been another season of fine, incisive reporting from each Sunderland game, the best of it combining analysis, observation and humour (the latter quality is remarkable, given the feelings of dejection that all too often haunt the Sunderland supporter’s life). Pete Sixsmith has explained his […]

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The ‘still optimistic’ Chapman Report from Stoke: Messi no match for this

Our customary big turnout. Courtesy of @theawayfans

Pete Sixmsith once again steps down from the Soapbox to make way for Bob Chapman, whose pre-match pint was taken with a man who’d willingly forked out £30 for Stoke versus Sunderland after baulking at nearly six times more for a Barcelona game a few days earlier. Bob considered it a decent point even if […]

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The Chapman Report from West Ham: disappointing finale but no one ‘walked’

not giving up

There seems consensus that Sunderland showed vast improvement at West Ham – they could hardly have been worse than a week before – but that the crowd saw two fairly poor teams, neither truly deserving to lose or, for that matter, win. Bob Chapman‘s ascent of Sixer’s Soapbox was a little more painful than usual […]

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Chapman Report: picking up points on the A1, not at Manchester United

not giving up

Colin Randall writes: I’m never sure whether to elevate Bob Chapman to Robert for these post-match essays in Sixer’s place. I always greet him as Bob at matches, but maybe it should be different for Chapman Reports. Robert or Bob, he once again steps boldly into Mr Sixsmith’s shoes to tell us how it really […]

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The Chapman Report from Swansea: Defoe making a difference – point taken

Jake provides today's seven-word verdict in Sixer's absence

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith didn’t go to Wales on Saturday. Instead he went to North Shields to watch The Robins beat a team of southern softies in the FA Vase. He might just as easily have decided to go to watch Whickham v Billingham Town, where if my adding up is correct five players were […]

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Fulham v SAFC – The Chapman Report: no disaster in Titanic fixture

Jake says: Phew - We're through!

Malcolm Dawson writes…..For this and the next few weeks a few lucky adolescents on North Teeside are the beneficiaries of Peter Sixsmith‘s years of experience of teaching History in his idiosyncratic style. “Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?” (Click here to put into context!) And here for the whole […]

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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 […]