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

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

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’

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

… 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 …

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

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’

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

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 …

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

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’

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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Good news from Liverpool (and Everton), sad news from Bolton, and is there a thaw at Blackpool?

The main thing for Sunderland fans this week must be the cancellation of Adam Johnson’s contract. The club has said […]

Sunderland v Manchester United: MUFC fan says we (and they) deserve better

With our regular Boro-supporting visitor Smoggie in mind, this is essentially a repeat of the SAFC v MUFC ‘Who are […]

Manchester United Who are You?: ‘maybe Newcastle, not SAFC, for the drop’

Another Who are You?, another great set of replies. Step forward Chas Banks*, a committee man with MUDSA, the Manchester […]

SAFC v Manchester United Guess the Score: only four words matter

OK, we usually offer a few random thoughts on the forthcoming game as we invite readers – whoever they support […]

Liverpool fans, spirit of Shankly; Liverpool FC, spirit of Rachman

I have to start by saying I think Liverpool’s a great place to live. I’ve no intention of leaving and […]

A Canadian Mackem’s diary: Kop that for a comeback at Liverpool

The football part of Martin Bates‘s grand pilgrimage to Sunderland, where his parents were born and raised before heading west […]