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Clouds at the Academy of Light? Could a Uruguayan model damage local youth development?

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John McCormick writes: I remember something about trialists not being picked in one or two of our pre-season friendlies, we had a trialist still with us the end of the transfer window – can anyone remember who? – and earlier this week Pete Sixsmith commented on the performance of Gael Andonian, a French born Armenian international […]

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Robson Report: England and Sunderland’s Jordans and loyalty, that rare and elusive thing

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“The loyalty, well held to fools, does make Our faith mere folly”,  said Shakespeare in Anthony and Cleopatra. Could those words be applied to us? Has our loyalty made fools of us? And of those few players who have kept faith with the club? It has been a while since Jeremy Robson appeared on these pages. […]

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SAFC v Newcastle: (5) not trying too hard to love the enemy

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Jeremy Robson is more than disillusioned with Sunderland just now. Just settled in Scotland after returning from Canadian exile, he will be ‘roaring at the telly’ on Sunday but says ’40 odd years of failure punctuated by lesser degrees of failure and no success at all has taken its toll’. That said, he had no […]

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Middlesbrough and others face playoffs but Bournemouth gatecrash Premier – and Howe

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When AFC Bournemouth swept aside Bolton to win, all bar the shouting, a first season in the Premier, we wondered about asking a supporter of the south coast club to write something. Our own Jeremy Robson has beaten them to it, welcoming the team that plays in AC Milan colours but to a maximum home […]

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How would you feel if Sunderland AFC went for an artificial pitch?

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John McCormick writes: in 1956 John Christopher wrote a post-apocalyptic novel called The Death of Grass. It featured a virus that killed all grass-type plants (monocotyledons, in the trade) and thus wiped out many of the planet’s food sources. If I remember correctly, the hero and heroine ended up pushing a pram from London to […]

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The Robson Report: Sir Alex Ferguson had millions, Clough charisma and brilliance

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NB: COMMENT ON: A technical blip prevented them until now Jeremy Robson pays a grand tribute to Brian Clough to mark the imminent 10th anniversary of his death (aged 69, on September 20 2004). Sunderland fan and top writer Jonathan Wilson’s book, Nobody Ever Says Thank You, is available at very decent prices at Salut! […]

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The Robson Report: a Messi end to Brazil 2014

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Not quite done with the World Cup yet. Jeremy Robson lets fly at the decision-making process that led to Lionel Messi being chosen as player of the tournament ahead, he says, of far more deserving participants … (more…)

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The Robson Report: Brazil 2014 – overblown, over hyped and over on Sunday

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Jeremy Robson is not a man to shy away from a good debate. It could be said that had he studied for the Bar it would have been at the Devil’s School of Advocacy, but his observations are always incisive and well argued. He has been watching the affairs in Brazil with interest and shares […]

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The Robson Report: biting thoughts on Suarez

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This should really have preceded Malcolm Dawson’s short, timely piece on the Luis Suarez biting incident. Monsieur Salut had assorted domestic crises, a heavy extractor fan falling in the middle of the night to smash the hob and my Mac’s refusal to accept the valid password for wifi access being only two of them. So […]

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Brazil 2014. Robson reports in: that phenomenally good and bad Suarez

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John McCormick writes: Jeremy Robson has been busy lately but managed to catch up with the World Cup and pass on his thoughts. His considered appraisal of England’s performance and the reasons for it are well worth reading, be you fan, player, owner or member of the FA council. And, if you’re one of the […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Scunthorpe United and Glanford Park

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It’s over 100 years since E M Forster wrote “The Machine Stops”. If you haven’t read it I suggest you […]

View from the Avenue: a Sunderland rallying cry to still half-term wobbles

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Monsieur Salut says: Paul Summerside and I joust regularly at Facebook about Brexit, a subject I broadly feel wisest to […]

Scunthorpe vs Sunderland Who are You?: ‘please don’t sing Garden Shed or Shearer song’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Ian Moore* came our way thanks to Matt Blanchard from the Scunthorpe Iron-Bru fan site and podcast […]

French Fancies: ‘star chroniclers’ Henry Winter, Sam Wallace and tenuous Sunderland links

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France’s leading Sunday newspaper hails four stars of Premier League football writing[/caption] How can I make this sound like it […]

Scunthorpe vs SAFC prize Guess the Score: make Rod Liddle eat his words

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Monsieur Salut introduces the latest prize Guess the Score competition. Don’t worry if your entry is ‘held for moderation’ – […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland 1 Luton 1. Mazdas but no Maja

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Malcom Dawson wrote this introduction wthout seeing Pete Sixsmith’s match report: Lee Probert’s performance will undoubtedly dominate the headlines and […]

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