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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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Salut! Sunderland: the way it is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is will [...]

Fifty years of Sunderland openers: (3) Southampton, long before self-destruct reigned

Pete Sixsmith continues his series of knowledgeable retrospective glances at opening games of seasons past in over a half-century of [...]

Postcard from Portugal: praising van Aanholt and Catts, rebuking a hostile minority

Two down, one to go, with a win and a defeat so far. Our man in Portugal, Richy Duggan, offers [...]

Pure Poyetry: CD Nacional 1 SAFC 0. Gus happy enough in defeat

Last season, CD Nacional finished fifth in the Portuguese top flight,qualifying for the Europa League. So the win that looked [...]

Postcard from Portugal: Mika’s joy puts smiles on Mackem faces

From our Own Correspondent, as the BBC might say. Richy Duggan, Salut! Sunderland’s man on the Algarve continues his diary [...]

Pure Poyetry: Recreativo de Huelva 0 SAFC 1. Boss hails Mika winner

Delighted to add another goal to my name! Hopefully many more to come.. So blessed ?????? — Mikael Mandron (@MikaelMandron) [...]

Graeme Anderson: a towering figure of Sunderland AFC journalism

Pete Sixsmith offers a generous but thoroughly deserved appraisal of Graeme Anderson, who has performed with great style and accomplishment [...]