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

Jake: 'six in a row would do nicely, lads'

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


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 Robson Report: in an SAFC world without Poyet, who’d be next?

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Still not the start of ‘Wembley and Bust’, the series in which our contributors will discuss what went so drastically wrong. But Jeremy Robson feels it in his bones that Gus is about to hop on a one-way bus trip. Who would come in to pick up the pieces, rebuild for a different task (gaining […]

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The Robson Report: what on earth happens next?

Jeremy Robson: 'what did I do in a previous life to deserve this?'

The time for the proper inquest is not quite with us. Soon enough, Salut! Sunderland contributors will be having their say on a season that has had one high spot but otherwise trundled relentlessly towards the abyss. That doesn’t stop us thinking about the mess we’re in and Jeremy Robson offers some preliminary conclusions … […]

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Southampton Who are You?: ‘PVA, Watmore impress but SAFC lack mental strength’

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Fresh from much-praised exploits at the San Siro (despite a defeat) and in the draw at the Etihad, Southampton naturally […]

Southampton v SAFC Guess the Score: we’d rather beat Arsenal but …

Jake: 'M Salut is dishing out enough mugs to be sure of going broke'

Would you settle for a Sunderland defeat at Southampton on Wednesday, ending our interest in the EFL Cup, and a […]

Salut! Sunderland up all night: Honeyman rescues SAFC vs Reading

Jake: 'I could fly without wings (but also with them) ...'

Pete Sixsmith is likely to be quiet for the next few days – see his explanation below – but, a […]

Sixer’s West Ham Soapbox: late pressing by Irons brings another defeat

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….Pete Sixsmith is used to getting up early, what with next door but one’s dog to walk and the papers […]

Hutch’s one word player ratings following West Ham slip up

Jake: 'FFS'

Rob Hutchison thought this display was much better than last week’s dismal showing at Stoke but the net result is […]

‘No wonder West Ham fans are unhappy with their new home’

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While the missus watched X Factor – and why not? – Rob Hutchison sat down, tried to forget the disappointment […]