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Wembley and Safe: the story of our season for mugs – and the World Cup poll

A single mug won't be enough

Some of the readers who have signed up as Friends of Salut! Sunderland have mentioned that they like the special Wembley and Bust Safe mug they received in return. You see the mug’s design here, capturing the flavour of the site on one side and the flavour of last season on the other. (more…)

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Wembley and Safe: Sixer closes series, applauding Borini, Cattermole – and Jose Fonte?

Pete Sixsmith then (as in not so long ago)

Monsieur Salut, borrowing a bit from Churchill, writes: this is not the beginning of the end. In fact, it’s officially the end of the grand Wembley and Bust Safe series. If you were within an ace of sending your own, it will have to appear as a comment. Pete Sixsmith casts his magisterial eyes over […]

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Wembley and Safe: (8) Borini stars in Keir’s ratings for a crazy season

Borini by Jake...

The Wembley and Safe series has produced some excellent reads but even good things, maybe especially good things, must come to an end. Pete Sixsmith’s series-closer has arrived so, unless any dawdlers who really, really meant to write something do so pretty smartish, they’ll find themselves left on the harbourside, the boat duly missed. Here […]

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Wembley and Safe. Some words for the fans: (7) dignity, passion, belief …

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

The series is winding down. Pete Sixsmith, whose match reports have brightened these pages from the earliest times of Salut! Sunderland, will deliver his end-of-season verdict and that will be that. As Monsieur Salut returns from his little break in Sorrento – ‘Borini, Mannone, Giaccherini you said?,’ a young waiter trilled, admiring my command of […]

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Wembley and Safe (6): Sunderland fans – long term lovers of pain

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Fans of the radio show “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue” will know that one of the long term favourite rounds, inevitably at the end of the programme, is the “Late arrivals at the …….ball.” Panellists are given a theme and come up with terrible puns based on it. For example if the […]

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Wembley and Safe (5): go easy on the celebratory bubbly

Support never wains

Marcus Procopio came breezing in from Down Under a year ago with thoughts on last season’s great escape and a player-by-player assessment of the squad. He’s back with an exhaustive review of the season, what went wrong and what – in the end – went right … (more…)

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Wembley and Safe (4): no Leeds, Blackburn and Middlesbrough after all

Ken Gambles: 'would a Gooner rhyme my surname with stumbles?'

Ken Gambles does not write often enough for Salut! Sunderland but when he does, it’s worth reading (his call for football cheats to be made to wear pink mittens was priceless). Here’s his view on the season, with some end-of-term awards and gripes of his own … (more…)

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Wembley and Safe (3): everything’s not all right

Jeremy Robson

Jeremy Robson would be the first to acknowledge that he does not suffer fools gladly. Woe betide them, as our old teachers used to say, if the fools are currently wearing our red and white stripes. In an ideal Robson world, football would still be something viewed from the Clock Stand paddock of Roker Park, […]

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Wembley and Safe (2): soiling the hands to get at the gleaming coins

Jake's images brighten these pages

Colin Randall writes: the Wembley and Bust Safe series will now get more controversial. It is possible to rejoice at our salvation, and acclaim the manner in which is was achieved, while considering the season as a whole, with obvious moments of exception, to have been dire. Rob Hutchison did modify his review after the […]

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Wembley and Safe: Observing Sunderland, hailing Kidderminster & Carlisle fans, not Newcastle’s

Pete Sixsmith then (as in not so long ago)

There seems nothing out of context about adding a Pete Sixsmith assessment of the season early: Sixer will, as happens every season, round up the Wembley and Safe series once it has run its course. But this is the slot where he tells the readership of Britain’s best newspaper (daily or Sunday), The Observer*, what […]

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Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: At least our name’s in the douli for the next round

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

Malcolm Dawson writes……….Pete Sixsmith made the trip across the Pennines to Brunton Park last night and saw us win our […]

A View from the Avenue: Barnsley result crucial after a decent start

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

So after tonight’s win at Carlisle in the Carabao Cup, is Paul Summerside chuffed to bits, mildly encouraged or part […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Carlisle 1-2 Sunderland. Bill Green honoured, our job done

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

Beating Carlisle in the league cup, or what is now correctly called the Caraboa Cup (what, you may ask but […]

Grayson’s uphill struggle to mould a viable Sunderland squad

By Jake

William Sundin, a media production graduate from Sunderland University (though strongly suspected of being an Ipswich supporter) takes another clinical […]

Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?

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Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland […]