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Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball: the glass has finally shattered

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Monsieur Salut writes: in public comments and – seen by me – private ones, Niall Quinn has been eloquent and even moving about the end of a dream he was such a magnificent part of creating for and onwards from the 2006-2007 season, having of course been a wonderful player for us, too. Our resident […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball: Middlesbrough suddenly make the screen look clearer

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So has our Wrinkly one, who also answers to Peter Lynn, finally seen the light staring back at him from his imaginary crystal ball?. We regret to say he has. Scroll down for the updated predictions and his thoughts on a grand evening out to Middlesbrough. Well, the company was good, not to mention fish […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball: it may be causing hallucinations

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Peter Lynn, also known as Wrinkly Pete, has an an imaginary crystal ball that enables him to predict the outcome of each game and check how it affects his once-firm belief that Sunderland would survive on 37 points. That tally is now pretty much impossible but Pete still sees us finishing on 35. Probably not […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball: on bright side, no worse off after Leicester!

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The headline, as William Boot would have said in Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop, is correct up to a point. Peter Lynn, better known around here as Wrinkly Pete, has spent much of the season in front an imaginary crystal ball, predicting the outcome of each game and checking how it affects his once-firm belief that Sunderland […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball SAFC slip further behind prior to Leicester game

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Monsieur Salut writes: much earlier in the season, when hope was young and alive (for some), Peter Lynn, alias Wrinkly Pete, decided to look ahead to all remaining games and calculate how – it was ‘how’ not ‘if’ then – Sunderland would reach his estimate of 37 points and safety. You must read on the […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball. ‘If my memory serves me well’

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John McCormick writes: Wrinkly Pete often illuminates his posts with reference to old songs which, given most of our readers can remember us winning a trophy, still resonate. He missed one, though, but I spotted it and stuck it in the title. Read on and you’ll find it somewhere in his prose. So this week’s quiz […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s crystal ball: we’re bang on course, no need for panic

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John McCormick writes: Colin has made it known that he felt a sinking feeling on Saturday.  And as such a feeling requires an SOS it’s appropriate that Wrinkly Pete’s update dropped into the Salut mailbox yesterday. So here’s Pete, with a message that all is not yet lost (more…)

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Ten Years After: recalling McAllister’s dive, Danson’s reds and other refereeing horrors

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Monsieur Salut writes: on quiet days, two thoughts cross the mind: one of relief that Sunderland are not playing, therefore cannot lose, and a second on what to put on the site to stop interest flagging. The slack times would be unimportant if our readers generally had the habit of dipping into a substantial archive […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s SOS Post Southampton: all is not lost

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John McCormick writes: One good forward turns up against us and we collapse? We have Lukaku up next. I’m still going, I’ve told Pete Sixsmith we’ll win 2-0. Sixer’s not the only Pete. There’s also Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete. When he began calculating how the rest of the season would go, he concluded that 37 […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s SOS: the post-palace pennyworth

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When Peter Lynn, young-at-heart  but prematurely aged physically by watching Sunderland, began his exercise in calculating how the rest of the season would go, he concluded that 37 points would be enough for survival – and that we’d get them. After enduring the atrocious displays at home to Stoke and then at West Brom, even forgetting […]

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Gillingham vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: can the Lads keep it going?

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Time once again to guess the score. Fourth top and unbeaten in League One, albeit after just three games, Sunderland […]

Gillingham Who are You?: the Nyron Nosworthy Appreciation Society

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Monsieur Salut writes: games come thick and fast in League One. We’ve hardly had time to celebrate the emphatic home […]

The North Eastern Programme Club: (2) class acts for George Honeyman to follow

Monsieur Salut writes: long ago, Pete Sixsmith and I were the owners of a would-be business empire we called the North […]

Sixer’s Scunthorpe Soapbox: Iron can’t cope with the hard press

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..two weeks ago we celebrated the first win of the Donald/Methvyn/Jack Ross era in a way that was […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Scunthorpe United ironed out in the first 45

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I can’t remember the last time I put in a (3)-(0) to signify the half time scoreline when setting up […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Scunthorpe United

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John McCormick writes: Scunthorpe itself probably predates the Norman Conquest as the suffix “Thorpe” in a place name indicates a […]