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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

The new home kit: courtesy of safc.com

“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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Wouldn’t it be nice? Wrinkly Pete listens to Pet Sounds, hears Sunderland

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

The full tracklist for the Beach Boys’ 1966 album Pet Sounds, so good for its time that it even came – belatedly – to be admired in the USA, runs: Wouldn’t It Be Nice?; You Still Believe in Me; That’s Not Me; Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder); I’m Waiting for the Day; […]

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Wrinkly Pete climbs aboard after Palace: thoughts on our coach and some passengers

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

Peter Lynn appreciates a victory as much as the next fan. But there are times, he feels, when it’s important not to get carried away and instead reflect on the weaknesseses and doubts a winning display reveals, as well as the strengths …. I’m still on the bus with Gus but there are too many […]

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Wrinkly Pete: last words on Southampton and some of them are positive

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

We cannot guarantee these will be the very last words – Salut! Sunderland clings to democratic values – but, speaking for himself, Monsieur Salut proposes to post no more items dealing purely with the St Mary’s Massacre. We need to move on. But just in time, Peter Lynn pops up with a mixed bag of […]

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Wrinkly Pete: the resurrection of Lee Cattermole

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

Monsieur Salut writes: I like Wrinkly Peter Lynn‘s contributions. So do many others. He is, as he puts it himself, ‘old school’ but that is right only in the positive sense that he has good, strong values when it comes to football (and, doubtless, life). Here is a timely reappraisal of Lee Cattermole, who seems […]

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Wembley and Safe. Some words for the fans: (7) dignity, passion, belief …

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

The series is winding down. Pete Sixsmith, whose match reports have brightened these pages from the earliest times of Salut! Sunderland, will deliver his end-of-season verdict and that will be that. As Monsieur Salut returns from his little break in Sorrento – ‘Borini, Mannone, Giaccherini you said?,’ a young waiter trilled, admiring my command of […]

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Wrinkly Pete: my own ‘Dear Gus’ on the Norwich and Liverpool contrast

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

In common with Monsieur Salut and a lot of others, Peter Lynn* – aka Wrinkly Pete – gets the post-match e-mails from Gus Poyet. He decided it was time to write back and M Salut thinks this should be published before a prize edition of Guess the Score for SAFC v West Ham, which will […]

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Who ate all the pies? And which club serves the best?

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Monsieur Salut writes: what is it about football and pies? Things many of us rarely eat in normal, civilised settings […]

A daughter writes: amid the grief, a good night for Manchester

Nathalie, left, and team-mates in women's football. They get exasperated watching us play

Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter. She plays football better than he ever did and tries to make up […]

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

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

Peter Lynn is a great asset to Salut! Sunderland, with his eternal optimism and absolute love of the experience of […]

Sunderland’s 10 relegations: the Coventry City conundrum (part one)

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

  Monsieur Salut writes: scroll down on the right of this article and you’ll find him: the perplexed Coventry fan […]

End of season reviews: (3) smilin’ like I’m happy, seeking extenuating circumstances

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Colin Randall writes: I commend this epic piece from our associate editor John McCormick, his superbly argued but also entertaining […]

Hutch’s Patch: the despair of one boy’s plea to Moyes after Chelsea

M Salut: I trust dad was keeping a close eye on this ...

Rob Hutchison is not always restricted to one-word, one-mark ratings after games he’s (mostly) seen us lose. Scenes at Stamford […]