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Sunderland v Manchester United ‘Who are You?’: the relativity of failure

  Jake's take'

Wouldn’t it be great to think of second top, with the trophy cabinet already overflowing, as gross underachievement? That’s the lot of the Manchester United fan going into the final game and with only the most slender chance of finishing top. John Lichfield, a veteran United supporter and giant of proper journalism, takes the philosophical […]

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Fulham-SAFC Who are You?: (2) Monty made me a 5-1 winner

Jake wants answers ...

A familiar problem descended this week: a game just days away and no one to do the Who are You? No sooner had I started wondering how to fill the gap than not one but two came forward with a Monty-style double save. Roger Meloy, a visitor here last season, came up trumps again with […]

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Fulham-SAFC Who are You?: ‘a little in love with Lily Allen’

Jake, tired of draws,would rather have had one at Craven Cottage.

We all know that but for the necessary evil of publicists, Lily Allen would be a regular on these pages, offering her bons mots each time Sunderland played Fulham. Next best thing given the obstacles placed in our path? Step forward Matty Deller, radio presenter, Fulham nut and star of the Ballsy Banter podcast. He […]

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Winners from the other side: Swansea, Arsenal and Newcastle shortlisted

  Jake's take'

… and so are Wolves, QPR, Liverpool, Man City, Boro and Stoke. As I was saying somewhere else on these pages, Salut! Sunderland seems to be giving rather more than Sunderland AFC just now. Read on for news of a lot more, thanks to our friends at http://www.soccerpro.com/ and When Saturday Comes … (more…)

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The SAFC v Bolton Who are You?: (2) ‘my special night at Villa’

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No sooner had ”Bob” supplied his answers for the Bolton Wanderers ”Who are You?” than our old friend Howard Page – doubtless fired by events at Villa Park – overcame pressure of work and did likewise. Salut! Sunderland policy is straightforward: if a supporter takes the trouble to answer our questions, we ensure the effort […]

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The SAFC v Bolton Who are You?: ‘we could become another Portsmouth’

a reminder of recent times

They’re a cagey lot over and down a bit in Bolton. We’re hoping for a double on Saturday; they already have one. Just as before the game at the Reebok, we have a great set of replies – and a request for anonymity that survived even the euphoria of a mightily important win at Villa […]

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Aston Villa v SAFC ‘Who are You?’: pondering Darren Bent, trashing Mcleish

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Stuart Jinks, Jinksy* to pals, has been this way before, standing his Villa fan corner with admirable resolve in the various Bent and Bigger Club spats we’ve had. I expected some harsh words about the way things have gone at his club. I wasn’t quite prepared for this … (more…)

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Sunderland v Wolves Who are You?: ‘au revoir, Premier League’

Next season maybe

Even before last night’s heavy home defeat, Wolves seemed long gone. Sunderland desperately need to bounce back from a woeful display at Goodison. So what will happen on Saturday? We haven’t exactly covered ourselves in glory in recent encounters but surely this one must be won if we serious about a top 10 finish. Salut! […]

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The Tottenham Hotspur Who are You?: ‘Sunderland to overtake Liverpool’

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Monsieur Salut’s Mac has just crashed, a long way from anywhere he can enforce the guarantee. Luckily he’d already found Tom Langton*, deep in Spain, to answer the Surs “Who are You?” questions. Tom runs the bar at his father Mark’s hotel and activity centre – get this: “the Sierra Espuna is a beautiful nature […]

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Manchester City v SAFC ‘Who are You?’: Mancini, Mackems and Mary Poppins

Rick Haswell-Cohen* is a lucky lad. Fell in love with and married a Mackememoiselle, then woke up one morning to news that the team he’d always supported was suddenly mega-rich. Salut! Sunderland is deeply grateful to Rick, creator of the North-eastern branch of the Manchester City Supports’ Club, for stepping in despite huge pressure of […]

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SAFC vs Fulham Who are You?: ‘our possession football can be devastating’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Monsieur Salut writes: I had a dream; Sunderland beat Fulham 2-0 before my eyes to end the home hoodoo. A […]

Lee Cattermole: for better or for worse, time to go? Vote now

Do you think any Mags could love him?

 ? It is fair to say Lee Cattermole has long divided opinion among Sunderland supporters. Perhaps all or certainly most […]

Bearing gifts, Sixer as not seen before (since this time last year)

You lucky people, here's sixer

The Last Time Ever I Looked, the star of Salut! Sunderland’s gripping series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your […]

The Sunderland v Fulham Guess the Score with classy Niall/SuperKev prize

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Out with the mugs and in with the print or t-shirt. For the next two games, Guess the Score has […]

After Toronto seize cup from Seattle Sounders, could Jozy and Grabban lead our uptable charge?

Jake: 'Jody scores, we're on the pitch'

Monsieur Salut writes: what strikers want to do is score goals. The best of them, like Brian Clough, Kevin Phillips […]

The Chapman Report from Wolves: ‘my game of the season so far’

not giving up

Bob Chapman is always a great stand-in for Pete Sixsmith, a home and away stalwart who lives so far south […]