Tag Archives: France

Wrinkly Pete: supporting Sunderland, excusing my French

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Salut! Sunderland‘s Monsieur Salut was rebuked recently for banging on too much about France. Since the old French Fancies series, looking at Ligue 1 and below, has largely fallen into disuse, this seemed odd even if the very title of the site betrays a connection with the other side of the Channel. Others did spring […]

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Tales from the Red and Whites: Monty, Benno, Lord Rowell and Sixer

Lane Hardy: 'hopefully the first of many ...'

  CONDOLENCES to the French midfielder Lassana Diarra on the loss of a cousin, a Muslim like him, in Friday’s attacks by the odious ISIL in Paris. See footnote … There is not enough time just yet – for reasons I outline in a long footnote touching on the sadness of recent days – to […]

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The French Connection

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John McCormick writes: “Salut Sunderland”. That, and the nom-de-plume of our leader, says enough but I’ll leave it to Colin to expand on his connections. Me, I have my own. My sister lived in France for many years. She married a Frenchman, she has French (oh, so French) children, she has French grandchildren. (more…)

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Weep for England, enjoy France, get back to SAFC – and Portugal

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

Another Sixsmith – not our Pete, not even his Phil or Michael, but Andy, the television and events host (and son of Mike) – made several good points during the scintillating first half of France vs Switzerland. (more…)

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French Fancies: Nice work, Le Mans race downwards, PSG au revoir to Becks

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

Our last look of the season at French football takes in ups and downs and (tenuous) Sunderland links at both ends of the table … The poster for Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon rugby club at the nearby Toulon-Hyères airport gives you an idea of which shape of ball matters most in the area Monsieur Salut calls […]

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French Fancies: how L’Equipe saw Liverpool’s demolition of Newcastle

Jake: l'artist

Salut! Sunderland is, of course, a gloat-free zone. We recognise that no mature Newcastle United supporter ever mocked Sunderland after the 7-1 defeat at Everton, 7-2 at Chelsea or indeed 5-1 at St James’ Park. So, not least in the knowledge that bad results lie ahead for us as well as them given the nature […]

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French Fancies: Newcastle 0 SAFC 3 un show unique, says L’Equipe

Jake: l'artist

It is not often that a Sunderland game features so prominently in the French press. Even though the sports daily, L’Equipe, covers the Premier League reasonably well, you can guess which teams dominate their columns. Today is different. Paolo Di Canio’s exuberant celebration of each goal at St James’ Park gets the generous illustration you […]

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French Fancies: Beckham’s PSG flick and Toure’s sensational Brest dive

Craig: 'don't try this at home'

A booming burst of Hey Jude, the familiar broad Essex smile and a clever flicked pass to helped Ménez set up the second Paris Saint-Germain goal, off the knee of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, otherwise poor to the extent of being whistled at by his own fans, are on French lips today. But David Beckham’s debut for […]

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Salut!’s Week: gripping Newcastle build-up plus breathtaking Evra/Sissoko/Ribery/Giroud move

Jake captures the theme

A look at our week of derby-related wisdom and fun – and a marvellous 93rd minute climax to the Spain-France World cup qualifying game. There was more – catch Goldy’s analysis of the really big football story of the week (Danny Rose and Serbian racists) and more besides by going to the home page and […]

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French Fancies: Steed shines in defeat, Marseille flop, PSG rampant

Jake: l'artist

For those who like my occasional updates from the French league, the big news of the weekend was that Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille chose in different ways to reinforce the idea that it is PSG and the rest in Ligue 1. (more…)

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Sunderland’s battle between the posts: Justin Steele vs Robbin Ruiter

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When not moping about the wretched start to the season, and wondering what planet Simon Grayson was on when he […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Ipswich Town’s Portman Road

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John McCormick writes: Sunderland to Ipswich is not one of the longest journeys in the League. The straight line distance of just […]

Ipswich Town vs Sunderland Guess the Score: we have to win some time

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

For the second game in succession, Guess the Score was won on Saturday by our Who are You? interviewee from […]

Ipswich Town Who are You?: ‘give Grayson time,’ says Tractor Boy and Merthyr Town fan

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Dave Chamberlain*, a man after Monsieur Salut’s heart when it comes to music, readily answered the call when we launched […]

Sixer Says: two cheers for Watmore as Under 23s lose to West Ham

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  Monsieur Salut writes: in fact there were many more cheers for a decent 70-minute outing for Duncan. The crowd […]

Sixer’s Cardiff City Soapbox: ‘where we go is a matter of debate’

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John McCormick writes: I’ve been unwilling to criticise Ellis Short in the past. I’ve held back where others haven’t. But […]