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Wrinkly Pete: the blame game and how Sunderland fortunes could revive

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John McCormick writes, I arrived back from Spain (where I’d been able to eat outside) around midnight last night, to find a duff thermostat and a colder house than expected. And then we woke up to snow. Not as much as Pete Lynn, who reported 4 inches where he is, but enough when the heating […]

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Wrinkly Pete: accept the situation Sunderland fans and get behind your team

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Malcolm Dawson writes…………Our mutual friend, Peter Lynn aka Wrinkly Pete, despite living in the West Midlands is still a regular at the bleak house we know as The Stadium of Light, still keeps the faith but calls upon the fans of Sunderland AFC to accept their fate and get behind the team during these hard […]

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Wrinkly Pete: mea culpa – but at least I’ll be at the Bristol City game

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Circumstances have kept Pete Lynn, our Wrinkly one, away from Sunderland games so far this season. He has not been boycotting the club, as he explains below. On Saturday, he makes his long-awaited debut as Simon Grayson once again tries to end a dismal winless run, against Bristol City at the Stadium of Light. Pete […]

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End of season reviews: (4) just hold on, Lads (and Lasses)

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Peter Lynn is a great asset to Salut! Sunderland, with his eternal optimism and absolute love of the experience of being among fellow-Sunderland fans at matches home and away. And while he declares himself an oldish git, he is no such thing but – as I write – on a demanding walking trip in North […]

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Wrinkly Pete: Sunderland’s glass in smithereens but mine’s still half full after Swansea

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Peter Lynn is as disappointed and cross as anyone, but finds reason to look back with affection on at least one aspect of Saturday’s last Premier League SAFC home game for a season or more … Well, my SOS – as in Save our Sunderland – never arrived but as Monsieur Salut has pointed out […]

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Relishing victory at Hull and time to Guess the Score vs Swansea

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Monsieur Salut writes: talk about killing two birds with one stone. Peter Lynn has put away – probably smashed – the crystal ball that kept telling him we’d stay up. But he hasn’t lost the faith in an broader sense. He was at Hull and will, I imagine be at the Stadium of Light on […]

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Kate Bush says ‘Don’t give up’, and so does Wrinkly Pete

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John McCormick writes: So you think it’s bad, do you? In this post Wrinkly Pete opens with a reminder of a time when the mortgage interest rate was just about dropping into single figures after peaking at 15%+, Sunderland were struggling in the bottom half of the second division and averaging gates of under 20,000, and down […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball: can SAFC’s safety bid really get back on course?

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Monsieur Salut writes: with another long wait for our next game, and David Moyes’s next doom-laden post-match reaction, it is once again time for Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete, to update his series based on the points tally he rather optimistically predicted for Sunderland. The original preamble is beginning to look a little dated so […]

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Wrinkly Pete: Nice legs, shame about the football.

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John McCormick writes: Pete Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete, is no stranger to this website. Nor is he a stranger to the Stadium of Light, despite having to make a considerable effort to get there. But make the effort he does, and sometimes the journey, if not the result, makes him wax lyrical. Here he is explaining in […]

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Pop goes Wrinkly Pete again, charting SAFC’s escape even without beating Stoke

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Peter Lynn dips back into his collection of dodgy old hits for inspiration as he does some back-of-envelope calculations on what David Moyes needs from the second half of the season if Sunderland are yet again to avoid the drop. He even allows for the unthinkable, losing at home to Stoke on Saturday , as […]

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From MK Dons to Rochdale via Oxford, Peterborough and Portsmouth: it’s a short financial ramble

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It was on 18th June that I put up the first in this series, covering the League One clubs beginning […]

Rotherham: where better to celebrate Sunderland’s promotion?

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This time last year, we were wondering whether a May weekend in Southend would be our promotion party. We know […]

Lasses cannot play football. Will the Women’s World Cup finally bury this falsehood?

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Who, like me, looked on in admiration at Janine Beckie’s corners for Canada against New Zealand and thought, “let’s hope […]

An evening with Nyron and helping hands for a Sunderland school and the fans’ museum

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Roy Keane famously said the less time Nyron Nosworthy spent on the ball, the better for all concerned. He was […]

Rambling through Accrington, Coventry and Ipswich to Lincoln. How do Sunderland’s rivals shape up financially?

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League One comprises 24 clubs. Three of them, Bury, Bolton and Blackpool, are entering, exiting or plodging in the clarts […]

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