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Who are you? We’re Aston Villa (1) – and beware rampant Carew

The re-arranged visit to Villa Park crept up on us a bit. A list of Aston Villa supporters’ club contacts proved suspect until, finally, we found Gordon Nicoll*, who runs the Studley and Redditch branch. Gordon worshipped Dwight Yorke, is undecided about Stewart Downing, thinks Birmingham City have been lucky and fancies Villa to end […]

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Who are you? We’re Birmingham (and out of Villa’s shadow)

We’re on a mini-run, they’ve never had it so good in living memory. Saturday sees Sunderland v Birmingham City, and only a home win would have us seriously believing in revivalist terms. Leigh Bosworth*, pictured with a spoof front page presented to him on his recent 50th birthday, is co-founder of the newly relaunched Yorkshire […]

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Who are you? We’re Man City and over the Blue Moon

It was in Tian’anmen Square or on the Great Wall that the seeds of the latest contribution to Who Are You? were sown. The Thomas Cook top sort of gave it away that Dan Wild* was a Manchester City fan. He may be the first classics and ancient history graduate to visit China with a […]

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Who are you? We’re Bolton’s Burnden Aces

This is not a clash of football’s elite. Sunderland and Bolton may command top 10 places for Facebook visits (with Sunderland at the top), but that is where our league table successes begin and end. You’d expect Wanderers fans to be cock-a-hoop after that great result at Upton Park, itself coming on the heels of […]

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Fulham or Aberdeen: will the real Lily Allen stand up?

Once again, we wondered whether Lily Allen might be up for a contribution to our Who Are They? feature. Disregarding another Fulham fan who wrote in disparaging terms* to question her true allegiance – the Cottagers sic or Aberdeen – we duly invited her. With these results ,,, Well, we put our questions to Lily […]

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Who are you? We’re Fulham

On May 4 2006, Sunderland beat Fulham 2-1 in the last home game of the season, with Kevin Ball as caretaker manager. We were already doomed and all that was at stake was avoidance of the added humiliation of becoming the first team in English league history to fail to win a single tie at […]

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Who are you? We’re Arsenal (and Barca, Brazil and Argentina!)

The tension is beginning to build. Sunderland have a strong strike force and, on paper, a semi-viable defence but no one knows quite how Steve Bruce will fashion a midfield from depleted ranks. Arsenal have problems, too, from injuries of their own to question marks over some of Arsène Wenger’s players (though Sod’s Law decrees […]

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Who are you? We’re Arsenal (and we’re right at the top!)

How many Salut! Sunderland readers scroll down the right-hand sidebar and then click on Soccerlinks? If you do, you’ll know that since the technical glitch that put us in something like 565th place, we’ve climbed back up to the top 100 and, when things are busy here, get as high as 35th. For this week’s […]

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Who are you? We’re Portsmouth (again!)

So. I go away for 12 days and six home points turn into two, Sunderland are back in yet another relegation scrap and we’re left wondering where the next win is coming from. Fratton Park? We’d love to think so. Dave Byne*, from the myPompey fans’ site, thinks we’ll have to settle for a draw, […]

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Who are you? We’re Wigan Athletic (2)

Steve Halliwell*, from the estimable Wigan Athletic fans’ site Ye Olde Tree and Crown, concludes his answers to Salut! Sunderland’s questions and repays all our kindness by predicting at least a draw for his team against us at the Stadium of Light tomorrow … Right. Say whatever you want, within the usual bounds, about Steve […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Doncaster Rovers and the Keepmoat Stadium

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John McCormick writes: Yorkshire seems to be cropping up a lot, even though we  left a few of their clubs […]

‘4,000 Sunderland fans, midweek game says it all’. Doncaster Rovers Who are You?

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith has, as ever, written a wonderful article on Doncaster Rovers for his twin series on […]

Doncaster Rovers vs SAFC Guess the Score

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For this midweek visit to Doncaster Rovers, Salut! Sunderland reverts to a “just for fun” format for the Guess the […]

Shrewsbury v Sunderland: The view from the middle ground

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I’m busy today, with stuff to do, so I only have time for some quick thoughts. Don’t forget these are […]

Sixer’s Shrewsbury Soapbox: Success in Salop

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  John McCormick writes: It’s only 70-80 miles from home to the New Meadow but three trains meant for a time-consuming journey.  […]

Sixer’s Shrewsbury Sevens: 2-0 to SAFC, a comfortable win and that elusive clean sheet

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Monsieur Salut writes: this is where Pete Sixsmith offers his customary seven-word verdict on each Sunderland game he attends. He […]

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