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Sunderland vs Peterborough ‘Who are you?’: from Posh Spice to posh football

Jake: 'Like a cup final? Nah, much more important than that!'

Monsieur Salut writes: as a boy, I briefly loved Peterborough United almost as much as I have most of my life loved Sunderland. There was the romance of a little club battling against official woodentops for entry into the Football League despite astonishing non-league success. Finally, they made it – and continued to excel. I’d […]

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The Coventry City ‘Who are You?’: Oh what a night(mare), 1977 style

Here are a couple of photos at Wembley for the Play Off Final last May. The top one with my wife, Chris and daughter, Nikki and the bottom one with my son, Mark

  Monsieur Salut writes: Salut! Sunderland, it is fair to say, has had fun and games with Coventry City fans over the years. We still, absurd as such a long-held grievance may seem, don’t like what happened that night in 1977 when our relegation was sealed by a deliberately non-competitive end to the delayed Coventry-Bristol […]

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The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

Jesus saves: but did John tap in the rebound? Read on for the full story

Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up there with the best in my view. John Beckett*, a former Manchester police emergency dispatcher and now a driving instructor, has been hooked on his local team – not United, not City but good old […]

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The Burton Albion Who are You?: ‘don’t expect a doddle, Sunderland’

Jake back in action, willing the Lads on from Spain

Monsieur Salut writes: Dave Child*, an expert on football stadium pies as well as doing his bit for local radio, is a fine ambassador for his club, Burton Albion, the town itself and its celebrated beer. Last season, he rose twice to the ‘Who are You?’ occasion, attending both games (we won there; they sent […]

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The Fleetwood Town Who are You? “we surprise people every year”

Who indeed?

John McCormick writes: Ben Knapman writes a fan column for the Fleetwood Weekly News and Blackpool Gazette. He did a two hour run earlier this year to raise funds for the Bradley Lowery Foundation. If that’s not enough he produces a You tube blog about Fleetwood Town. And he does it all on top of his […]

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The Oxford United Who are You?: in praise of Stewart Donald

Jake counts on another win for Jack Ross's Lads

This is the match Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven may have been both relishing and dreading. Both Oxford fans, and passionate ones at that, but now part of the latest Mackem revolution. Their private thoughts on Saturday afternoon would be fascinating. Simon Bradbury, a former vice-chairman of the Oxford United OxVox group, knows Stewart well. […]

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The Wimbledon Who are You?: ‘SAFC will go straight back up; I’ll settle for mid-table’

Who indeed?

Salut! Sunderland warmly welcomes Ray Armfield*, a Wimbledon supporter who’s seen all the highs and lows from the Crazy Gang and Wembley to the out-of-town move up the motorway. He’s chuffed to be on the brink for return to near the club’s old Plough Lane ground, thinks Sunderland are bound for immediate promotion and recalls […]

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Gillingham Who are You?: the Nyron Nosworthy Appreciation Society

Who indeed?

Monsieur Salut writes: games come thick and fast in League One. We’ve hardly had time to celebrate the emphatic home win against Scunthorpe before the long trip to Gillingham beckons. James Morgan*, our Gills fan, is not from Gillingham and has never lived in Kent. A gloryseeker then? No, he inherited his love of the […]

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Scunthorpe United Who are You? Magical Beagrie, woeful refs, Sunderland revival prospects

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Monsieur Salut writes: this edition of Who are You? appears out of sequence, with a league cup game to be played tonight at home to Sheffield Wednesday, and Guess the Score will also look out of place when posted later (but before tonight’s game). our Scunthorpe United volunteer, Matt Blanchard*, the editor of  Iron-Bru.co.uk, reckons […]

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Sheffield Wednesday Who are You?: ‘League One might be good for you. We should know’

Jake: 'back on the Wembley trail?'

Monsieur Salut writes: at around this time last season, Dave Briggs* gave us some great responses as a Sheffield Wednesday supporter before Sunderland’s trip to Hillsborough for a Championship game. He also got the result spot-on, saying we’d be ahead at the interval but they’d equalise and the match would end 1-1. Now the Owls […]

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From the archives: Birmingham City memories and Sixer doffs his hat to Roy Hodgson

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John McCormick writes: Malcolm said over the weekend that “with no game between now and the Checkatrade Trophy final, the […]

View from the Avenue: how Sunderland benefit from the Checkatrade distraction

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

A few days when size mattered, writes Monsieur Salut: first we had Salut! Sunderland passing a grand total of 4m […]

Sixer’s Sub’s Soapbox: Walsall can’t hold on as Sunderland close the gap

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Pete Sixsmith reported windy weather before trotting off to the SOL yesterday and Walsall duly put the wind up Sunderland, […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Grigg strike eases patchy Sunderland past Walsall for three mighty points

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Back home, after a long time on the road, with a depleted squad and a serious need to keep in […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Sixer recalls when Walsall rode into Roker

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Malcolm Dawson writes….this is Saturday will be the fourth time I will have seen our visitors this season and I […]

SAFC v Portsmouth: Ticketing issues, issuing tickets.

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..in my introduction to Sixer’s Soapbox, where Pete Sixsmith reported on our victory over Carlisle United the morning […]

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