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Reviews of the Season: blaming the owner, managers, players – and fans

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

After the excitement tension and ultimate relief of last Wednesday comes a time for cool reflection. Sunderland didn’t peer once again over the precipice because of rank bad luck. Survival was a close-run thing and we need to consider why there was yet another desperate battle for dear life in the last few games. Peter […]

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10cc and The Things We Do For Love when we support Sunderland

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

Is is time to fire rubber bullets at Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete? The moment when we just say: ‘Sorry Donna, but you’ll just have to accept I’m not in love“? Maybe Une Nuit A Paris would give us answers but, then, writing for Salut! Sunderland is never much more than Art for Art’s Sake […]

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How Long Has This Been Going On? Long before John O’Shea’s howlers

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

Tons of words have been and written and spoken about the wretched Sunderland collapse, the latest in a season littered with disappointment. Peter Lynn was among the unhappy Sunderland fans present and, as always for him, it had involved a major effort to get there from the West Midlands. Days later, he puts the mistakes […]

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Sympathy for Poyet as Wrinkly Pete turns to Shirley Bassey for reassurance

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

The latest crisis at SAFC had Peter Lynn rummaging through all those vinyl discs in his loft again. He dipped his hand into the box of discarded LPs, EPs and singles and out came Shirley Bassey. Let him take up the story; let us hope Dick Advocaat has the Goldfinger touch and that the title […]

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Wrinkly Pete, a fan bound for Hull, on these troubled Sunderland times

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

Peter Lynn is as wearied by events as Nic Wiseman, but heads for Hull full of measured hope, rational thoughts about the impact of events on SAFC and abundant pride in the Sunderland travelling army he’ll be part of at the KC stadium … (more…)

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Wrinkly Pete takes it from the top: love hurts

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

John McCormick writes: I see Smoggie has resurfaced. Well, all are welcome on this site and as long as they adhere to the rules of politeness, legality and decency they will be given space. It’s not necessary for visitors to congratulate us for our four in a row or for better progress than our neighbours […]

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Wrinky Pete asks – How do you solve the problem of our fear?

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

How do you solve the problem of our fear? (with no apologies to Julie Andrews)   I hate “The Sound of Music” and therefore loved the alternative lyrics dreamt up by “Cocky” – a 1970s Cornish (I think) comedy folk group whose lines included “How do you solve the problem of diarrhoea?” and “High on […]

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Wrinkly Pete: sing your heart out for SAFC, but know our limitations

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“I did it my way” by Gus Poyet Peter Lynn writes: I’m not actually listening to Frank Sinatra while writing this but I guess that just about everyone knows the lyrics and I would like to suggest that Gus’s mantra for football management (or is it coaching?) not only embraces most of them but that […]

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Wrinkly Pete: TV’s raw deal for travelling foootball fans

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

A Happy New Year to all our readers. To kick off 2015, even before the action starts for us at the Ethihad, Peter Lynn looks at the way TV contracts and especially late changes to the fixtures list cause disruption and cost to football fans … In keeping with the New Year Resolutions theme from […]

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Wrinkly Pete: Walk Right Back, Sunderland’s go-early fans

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

Peter Lynn has been up in the loft again, digging out those old LPs from what DJs used to call yesteryear. His search ended with the Everly Brothers. What you are about to read reminds me of the well-educated friend who, watching fans stream out in the dying minutes as we clung to a 1-0 […]

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Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith

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Monsieur Salut, aka Colin Randall, writes: in my brief time in Abu Dhabi, I saw more of Sunderland live than […]

Sixer’s Burton Albion Soapbox: Brewers highlight our lack of Pedigree

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

There is a dark cloud over Sixsmith Towers this morning – both literally and metaphorically. The English language can be […]

Sunderland statement: right words, nowhere near good enough

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It bears the hallmarks of a statement dictated by Martin Bain (CEO) and tidied up in the press office. It […]

Down and down again. A sorry day to be a Sunderland supporter

Promotion at first attempt!

Monsieur Salut writes: this is obviously the grimmest evening, in footballing terms, since Salut! Sunderland was created back at the […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Hell, Bent on relegation as Burton come back

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You could see it coming, couldn’t you. Darren Bent comes on with 15 minutes left and equalises with two minutes […]

Arsenal’s chief whinger Piers Morgan applauds Wenger? Pass the sick bag

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

It has often been said that putting a top manager in charge of Sunderland, or recruiting such players as Messi […]