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World(l)y wise: when footballspeak produces a winning Scrabble move

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We’ve done the Bury buildup. An outstanding Who are You? from Norwich is lined up, as is Guess the Score and the latest edition of Pete Sixsmith’s marvellous new series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team. So let’s veer slight off-piste and talk Scrabble. (more…)

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Goldy’s Logic: how Olympics athletes had it cushy compared with unloved footballers

Jake brightens up the site again

Everyone has been saying how nice it was to see happy, smiling, approachable Olympics competitors instead of those surly, monosyllabic footballers. Without quite suggesting sainthoods for best fan-avoidance technique – hoods, Ipods, earphones, shades, lowered heads – Stephen Goldsmith offers some balancing thoughts … (more…)

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Mussolini, Lazio and Di Canio: getting Swindon players to run on time

Image: Oscar Federico Bodini Fascism is on the rise again in Europe as far-right parties take electoral advantage of widespread disillusion with mainstream politicans. Witness the skip-a-generation election of wicked old Jean-Marie Le Pen’s granddaughter, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen (just a rank, I know, but what an evocatively Pétainist name!) while his daughter demands a recount […]

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Sixer’s Sentiments: Joey Barton, Premier League withdrawal symptoms and Super League allure

Pete Sixsmith

Pete Sixsmith has been back at the chalk face, enriching young lives and earning the means to enable him to attend Premier League games again next season. Or will he forsake round footballs for the squashed variety? Ask him at the wrong moment, when he’s just been thinking about Joey Barton or recapturing his Rugby […]

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Luke’s World: bring on Liverpool and Newcastle. I can’t wait

Luke Harvey, another of our regular writers, offers a hardcore enthusiast’s welcome to the return – gormless rioters permitting – of the football season … You’ll have heard the rumours: football is back. It doesn’t feel like very long since the season ended. For Manchester United fans I’m sure the defeat at the hands of […]

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How Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and £££££ threaten football passion

Two comments at the Blackcats list, admittedly posted after the awful defeat at Everton, raised some gloomy thoughts about the state of football, and our relationship, as supporters, with the game. The exchange covered cheating, money, arrogance, role models and recent controversies concerning Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney. (more…)

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Free Spurs tickets – and a challenge – for younger fans

Andy Gray can wait. First the good news: Salut! Sunderland has two free tickets for SAFC v Tottenham Hotspur on Feb 12 up for grabs. Who knows? It could be a game that enables us to rise above Spurs in the top six. Now the better news: all you need to do to have a […]

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Wolves at our door: they want Gyan, Turner, Zenden and Gordon

If you had the misfortune to be anywhere near Molineux as an away fan for our last game of the 2009-2010 season, you could be forgiven for hoping a blast of snow will force the postponement of Saturday’s match. Not only were we rubbish on the field; West Midlands police combined with the city’s licensed […]

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Whoever you support in the Premier, make the team

Here is a chance for Salut! Sunderland readers to get themselves, or younger relatives/acquaintances, involved in an project that could see them coaching kids, running teams for youngsters with learning disabilities … and maybe getting free Premier tickets from a prize draw. The Sky Sports commentators Chris Kamara – seen in the clip – Martin […]

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Evra, Anelka & co: saints not sinners after all?

Salut! Sunderland readers produced a healthy response to my account of the French Football Federation’s individual punishments for four of the five players called before a disciplinary commission. One, presumably Irish reader still hadn’t forgotten the Hand of Henry; someone else considered it a mark of arrogance to have a point of view at all. […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Fulham supporting Richard Osman’s team leave Wearside pointless

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Malcolm Dawson writes…………..Santa called early this year and on his way to bring joy and happiness to the children of […]

Sixer’s sevens: Out of the bottom three as the long wait ends

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Malcolm Dawson is occupying Pete’s seat and I believe he’ll be doing the match report tomorrow, as befits someone in such […]

The first time ever I saw your team: Fulham

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John McCormick writes: I can only remember one game against Fulham, and that was at Craven Cottage, where, like Pete […]

SAFC vs Fulham Who are You?: ‘our possession football can be devastating’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Monsieur Salut writes: I had a dream; Sunderland beat Fulham 2-0 before my eyes to end the home hoodoo. A […]

Lee Cattermole: for better or for worse, time to go? Vote now

Do you think any Mags could love him?

 ? It is fair to say Lee Cattermole has long divided opinion among Sunderland supporters. Perhaps all or certainly most […]

Bearing gifts, Sixer as not seen before (since this time last year)

Santa and Josh Maja delivering joy and happiness in County Durham

The Last Time Ever I Looked, the star of Salut! Sunderland’s gripping series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your […]