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

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?

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

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 …

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

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

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

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?

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?

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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The Robson Report: crucial time ahead for Poyet and Short

Jeremy Robson sees a ray of hope in what to date has been a lousy season. But to keep the hope alive he asks the owner to once again back the manager/head coach in the forthcoming transfer window. Where does the hope come from? We might be bottom of the league and struggling for victories. [...]

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Aston Villa vs Sunderland: Guess the Score, Guess the Bigger Club

Villa fans swimming to these shores must forgive what they would see as the impertinence of the headline – both [...]

Aston Villa vs Sunderland Who are You?: ‘a tenner on finishing 10th’

Welcome back, Stuart Jinks*. Jinksy, as some will remember, is a past winner – first prize no less – of [...]

Sixer’s 6-3 Soapbox: pain and pleasure in beating Exeter. Bring on Manchester City

The defeat of Exeter City, with a quirky scoreline, had Salut! Sunderland delving into murky territory. The introduction to Sixer’s [...]

Dick’s Exeter Advochaat: six goals good – three goals bad

Malcolm Dawson writes…..we would all have been happier with 3-0. Dick too by the sound of it in his post [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 6 Exeter City 3. Discuss …

There are different ways of looking at this. Good news: we’re through to the next round, we scored six, Defoe [...]

Michael Gray and the grey area of when a ban isn’t a ban

How does anyone get the impression they have been banned from a football stadium when they haven’t? Monsieur Salut remembers [...]