Tag Archives: FA Cup

Salut! Sunderland’s week: from Millwall and Everton to Billy Hughes

The latest of our occasional looks back at the week just gone, with links in case you missed items the first time round and want to explore further. Click on the titles to see the postings in full … (more…)

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Soapbox: hailing Blyth Spartans, hating the Crawley love-in

Whatever happened to the FA Cup? Pete Sixsmith poses the question before bursting the romantic bubble enclosing Crawley Town and thanking heavens for two lowlier competitions in which not just Blyth but Gateshead, Dunston UTS and Whitley Bay are carrying the flag for the North East… Well, there’s another Saturday gone without a Sunderland game […]

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Two for joy? Salut to miss the Magpies twice

Tony Hisgett Yesterday’s encouraging news about David Meyler – out for 10 weeks but no new rupture to his knee ligament, which would have meant much longer or even threatened his career – is a great send-off for M Salut, who is off on holiday … It is not often we play the Mags twice […]

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SAFC v Notts County Soapbox: Meadow Lane by Hillman Imp

Some more glorious reminiscences from Pete Sixsmith, who also offers timely reassurance to anyone who took him seriously when he wondered aloud about which match to watch tomorrow … To those who thought I was deserting the Stadium of Light for Dean Street, I say thank you for convincing me that my destiny and duty […]

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Sorry Notts County – Alex Rae’s back in Sunderland colours

What a good lad Alex Rae* was and is. A “crowd-pleasing, combative midfielder”, says Wikipedia. I’d prepared the interview with Les Bradd with a sad reference to Alex not responding to a similar request to preview Sunderland’s FA Cup tie at home to Notts Co (he is the assistant manager), but still felt sure he’d […]

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SAFC v Notts County: Roker Roar gave Magpie hero headache

We’ll have plenty to say about the other Mags, but they can wait until next week. For now, the only Magpies that matter are Notts County. In the first of two memorable editions of our Who are You? series – see Alex Rae’s interview by clicking here – Salut! Sunderland is honoured to welcome Les […]

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Soapbox in Workington on the FA Cup trail

Phrases like “the quality shone through” and “good pedigree” somehow seem out of place when the subject is Workington football club. Pete Sixsmith finds a way of making them work … Regular readers may be aware that I quite enjoy International weekends as it gives me an opportunity to go “somewhere else”. In the past […]

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Soapbox: who cares who won the cup?

It’s called the escape committee and it meets once a year on the day of the FA Cup Final. Salut! Sunderland did its duty and paid respectful attention to the Wembley event, but our own Pete Sixsmith and like-minded souls, true to form, were tunnelling their way out of England in search of grass roots […]

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Vital Pompey and Salut! fill Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers gap

Once upon a time, Sunderland and Portsmouth were linked by the world of newspapers: each city had local papers owned by the same group with roots in Sunderland but swallowed up by Johnston Press in 1999. Perhaps old Samuel Storey, the Sunderland Echo founder who then spread his minor publishing empire to the south coast, […]

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SAFC 1 Leeds 0: words can describe it

Health warning: to be avoided by persons of a sensitive disposition who also support Leeds United. But think back to the first Saturday of May, 37 years ago. Every street deserted, people glued to their TV sets if not actually at Wembley. All the devotion, fervour and pride captured in the selection of photos we […]

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Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland Guess the Score: more misery or modest redemption?

Click on the picture above, guess the score and you may win a prize whoever you support

We went early with the latest of Pete Sixsmith’s chronicles of doom from the Stadium of Light. He’s off to […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bolton Wanderers, Burnden Park and the Macron

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John McCormick writes: Every footballer and fan should be honoured to visit a club like Bolton Wanderers but I’ve never […]

A View from the Avenue: have the miracles run out?

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

Paul Summerside doesn’t mince his words. He calls himself a ‘lapsed SAFC fan’ but is one of 20,000+ longing to […]

Sixer’s Brentford Soapbox: warmth from sunshine, warmth for Liam Miller, otherwise chilly

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Pete Sixsmith will be on his way tomorrow to watch his beloved rugby league. It rarely fails to put a […]

Sixer’s sevens: Brentford exploit our defensive frailty

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1-0 down after 15 minutes, 2-0 after half an hour. Jones booked five minutes later. What a surprise. How much […]

The heart of old Sunderland remembered

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

Mike Dennison, well known to subscribers to the Black Cats e-mail loop, alerts us to a fascinating book of Sunderland […]