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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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Countdown to Wembley: Poyet ‘mistaken about our cup and league priorities’

Jake: I'm here!

Peter Lynn – Wrinkly Pete on his own description – was there in 1973 and will be there again on Sunday. Here, he takes issue with Gus Poyet’s comment that winning a cup seemed more important to Sunderland fans than staying up. Tongue in cheek, Pete also calculates how we might have left Arsenal with […]

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Countdown to Wembley: bottom (joint) of the league but very lucky

Jake: ' any chance of tickets for March 2 and May 17?'

  Peter Lynn* – Wrinkly Pete to ageist acquaintances – keeps the Countdown to Wembley series going after singing himself hoarse at Old Trafford – while first dealing with the transformation in approach, confidence and results since Gus Poyet took over … Countdown to Wembley: click along this line to see all articles in this […]

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The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]

World Cup Diaries: (3) our Middlesbrough-supporting chronicler enjoys his first game

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

This is the third instalment of the World Cup musings of Monsieur Salut’s Boro-supporting nephew, Andy Falconer, who saves hard-earned […]

World Cup Diaries: (2) pickpockets, a river spectacular and becoming an honorary Dane

Andy with - it seems - a Hibs fan

England’s turn at last and even Sunderland supporters with only modest interest in international football will be hoping one or […]

The Beautiful Game? Wrinkly Pete’s thoughts on the power of football

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

John McCormick writes: We’re not the only old and famous club to be facing turbulent times and I’m sure our […]

Strangely Unmoved. What World Cup?

McCormick's Craic(featured image) full size 640 x 138

When Colin put up his competition about prediciting the World Cup finalists I had a go.  I chose England because […]

Salut! Sunderland’s World Cup diaries: (1) glorious St Petersburg

Promotion at first attempt!

  Monsieur Salut writes: 0ur summer faithful will have noticed that I invited contributions from any reader who happened to […]