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‘Who are You’ winners: Wigan. Then Man City, Man Utd, Norwich, Spurs

The Salut! Sunderland jury has spoken. And the verdict in our 2012-2013 “Who are You?” awards – the honours presented each season for the best interviews with opposing supporters before their teams play ours – ended up, by pure coincidence, as a final between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City. With the same outcome …

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‘Who are You?’ awards shortlist: Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton and Wigan

Judging is very nearly complete in the annual Salut! Sunderland “Who are You?” awards and the winners are likely to be announced next week. Our panel is deciding which of the pre-match interviews with opposing fans were, in the season just ended, the most memorable. A shortlist of potential winning candidates has emerged from the [...]

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‘Who are You?’ awards: Everton, Wigan and both Manchesters contest Villa’s crown

Salut! Sunderland’s awards season is back. Every Sunderland match is preceded by an interview with a fan, who may be famous, unknown or somewhere in between, of our opponents. And at the end of each season, provided we can find generous benefactors, there are prizes for the best resulting Question and Answer sessions. The season [...]

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The Tottenham Hotspur Who are You?: ‘Danny, Danny Goes; Arsenal sneak fourth’

Hardly the words Sunderland fans want to hear. Not the dreary north London bragging rights – life’s so much more exciting at the bottom – but we want Danny, Danny Rose to see his future with Sunderland and Spurs to let him move. Our final “Who are You?” candidate of the season, the Tottenham-supporting writer [...]

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The Southampton Who are You?: ‘draw at Sunderland and sky’s our limit’

It’s our Champions League final to quote Paolo Di Canio and victory would make us safe without having to rely on others. Saints are a point better off so can also ensure Premier survival. Chris Rann*, another of Monsieur Salut’s fellow-contributors at ESPNFC.com, does the honours with a wide-ranging interview charting Southampton’s astonishing ups and [...]

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Stoke City ‘Who are You?’: Sunderland old boys, Arsenal whingeing, Pulis’s future

From being the toughest club at which to find “Who are You?” volunteers, Stoke City is now a source of fascinating sets of responses by fans as committed to their club as we are to ours. Russ Dutton*, probably a useful man to know in the Potteries if you need help on legal matters, is [...]

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Aston Villa v Sunderland Who are You?: ‘two Martin O’Neills, two Bents’

This is without doubt a big one for both clubs. Villa seriously need a win, we can pretty much secure survival and aim for a storming finish if only the right Sunderland can turn up. We’re fortunate to have a thoroughly level-headed Villa Park view from Kevin Hughes*, Monsieur Salut’s fellow-contributor at ESPN, with fascinating [...]

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Sunderland v Everton ‘Who are You?’: on ‘Zinedine Kilbane and Reidy my boyhood hero’

Right, thrashing Toon was the easy part. Now for Everton. We call them a bogey team; they say they’re just better. Last season pretty much ended for SAFC with the FA cup exit in a Stadium of Light replay that was painful to watch after a good draw at Goodison. Earlier, we’d had the infamous [...]

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Newcastle United v SAFC ‘Who are You?’: the Mag who’s cheered Sunderland

A warm welcome to readers new and old as derby day approaches. A “Who are You?” disappointment lies in store for committed tribal warriors. Our volunteer Mag is a man who sounds nothing like one. Clive Urquhart‘s family was driven from the North East by unemployment and poverty in the 1930s; they came from the [...]

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Chelsea v SAFC Who are You?: ‘PDC’s a gamble but you’ll stay up’

Paolo Di Canio takes Sunderland to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for a routine outing against the side that has just turfed Man Utd out of the FA Cup and has top four written all over it. Or will the fear of PDC make them all play as they did at Southampton? A baptism of fire [...]

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Sixer’s substitute’s Soapbox: plenty to enjoy at Hartlepool

Malcolm Dawson writes…..the past few days have been a hectic time for our star reporter, Pete Sixsmith. Having been at [...]

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 [...]

Summer Gold update: Tasmin Archer is still Sunderland’s Sleeping Satellite

It was a treat to re-read Tasmin Archer’s interview, now seven years old and therefore from the infancy of Salut! [...]

Pure Poyetry: Hartlepool 0 SAFC 0 – Hartlepool 0 SAFC Development Squad 3

Malcolm Dawson writes…unlike Saturday today was a scorcher until we got to Monkey Hanging country that is, where it was [...]

Fifty years of Sunderland openers: (2) visions of hell at Millwall

The New Den is hardly the Old Den. Back in 2000, a semi-reformed Millwall Yob-and-Proud-of-It – he’d become a published [...]

Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: the splendour of England, the torpor of friendly football

Pete Sixsmith ought to have been a professional football writer, as his priceless accounts at Salut! Sunderland demonstrate season after [...]

Pure Poyetry: young legs come good in Cumbria – Carlisle 0 Sunderland 1

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith’s half time text read “marginally less than inspiring”. I wasn’t there but Gus was and he [...]