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Who are You?: when Byrne broke Chelsea hearts and Perez defied five Sutton one-on-ones

And now, the end really is near ...

Last game of the season means last of the 2016-2017 ‘Who are You?’ interviews. We have not one but two from Chelsea supporters (a consequence of Monsieur Salut panicking unnecessarily and fearing we might get none). Mark Williams* comes to us via a Sunderland supporter, his friend and occasional Salut! Sunderland contributor Jim Minton. If […]

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Chelsea prize Guess the Score: ‘it’s our party, we’ll cry if we want to’

Click the image and Guess the Score - there really is a prize even if it wouldn't change your life

With apologies to the late Lesley Gore and the writers of her pop classic – it took no fewer than four of them: Walter Gold John Gluck Jr, Herb Weiner Seymour Gottlieb, and their song of teenage betrayal was elevated to new heights in the 1981 version of the non-Eurythmics, non-Sunderland Dave Stewart and Barbar […]

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Haway! It’s awards time again with Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Swansea making early running

Jake: 'with thanks to all opposing fans who participate'

Monsieur Salut introduces our annual HAWAY awards, with thanks to the supporters of all clubs played by Sunderland in league and cup this season who contributed to the series … Cinema does it with Oscars, BAFTAs, Cannes and the rest. Pop has the Brits and Grammys. Salut! Sunderland brings you the HAWAYS, honouring the best […]

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A daughter writes: sorry Hull, you’re down with Sunderland and Middlesbrough

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Nathalie Randall, daughter of Monsieur Salut, rues the collapsing act of the team she disloyally supports, Liverpool, predicts an Arsenal place after all in the top four and says Hull are going down with Boro and us … There will be no “little” team winning the Premier League this year. Normality seems to have been […]

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Forget Oscars: the HAWAY awards are what matters to fans of Everton, Stoke, Chelsea … and Shrewsbury

Jake: 'with thanks to all opposing fans who participate'

Salut! Sunderland gets big hits for “Who are You?” interviews, the Q and A sessions with opposing fans that we publish before every game, writes Monsieur Salut. And at the end of each season, we present the Haways – Highly Articulate Who Are You? awards – to those our judges deem to have been the […]

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Premier title looks sorted but Sunderland can now affect Hull and Swansea’s fate

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After a season devoid of impact or excitement, Sunderland are in the relatively unusual position of having a major say in who else goes down – and a glance at the odds at 10bet homepage suggests the bookies don’t expect us to stand in Swansea’s way on Saturday. Our rare win at the weekend, with […]

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Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City. Guess the final two, help Bradley Lowery

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Look at the four FA Cup semi-finalists. Is there another team in the land Sunderland supporters could care less about? (more…)

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Swearing loyalty: how Sunderland’s long-suffering fans give vent in gloomy times

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Monsieur Salut wrote: the old ones are not always the best, but our current plight – described with melancholy beauty in Pete Sixsmith’s report of Sunderland 0-4 Southampton – and the poor health suffered by a friend prompted me to dig out this piece, first published in November 2008. The original article began with some references to […]

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Sixer’s Chelsea Soapbox: decent showing but not enough to stop the Blues

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..there was a bloke in a Chelsea shirt cleaning the headlights of his van, parked in front of us as I got back to the car last night and as I usually do when I see an opposition fan after the game, I asked him what his thoughts were. My past experiences of […]

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Moyes on the Boys post-Chelsea: ‘be braver on the ball, Lads’

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In reality David Moyes, unlike his predecessors, does not start his post-match e-mails with a salutation. ‘Dear Colin’ is therefore a made-up device on the part of Monsieur Salut. What was there to say about the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea – a logical outcome of bottom versus top, boys against men, honest endeavour overwhelmed by […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Middlesbrough FC

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John McCormick writes: I’d really have to think hard about whether or not I’ve seen us play ‘Boro at Roker. […]

Sunderland’s decline under Short ‘more Accrington Stanley than Leeds’

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Monsieur Salut says: when I said Salut! Sunderland had perhaps been too kind to Ellis Short in the past, I […]

Beyond belief: the football club owner who has never spoken to his manager

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

Welcome to the strange world of Ellis Short, reluctant and reclusive football boss. In the past, Salut! Sunderland may have […]

A Daughter Speaks: how Wigan and Rochdale restored the FA Cup’s shine

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Amid all Sunderland’s more pressing problems, it seems almost incidental to reflect on how old you now have to be […]

SAFC vs Middlesbrough Who are You?: ‘Coleman’s great but what a mountain to climb’

We were both in the Premier League when Jake came up with this banner for the game (we lost 2-1) that prompted David Moyes's infamous relegation scrap comments

Monsieur Salut writes: having used up virtually the entire Boro-supporting side of my family (my sister has lived there throughout […]

Post-Bolton thoughts: as Brian Clough said…

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By now you’ll have read Pete Sixsmith’s report from Bolton. I can’t find fault with it and there’s no point in […]