Tag Archives: Middlesbrough

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Middlesbrough 1 – when will someone score?

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With M Salut having other duties and his deputy being at the game I (John Mac, that is) was left in charge of the shop. Radio 5 made only fleeting visits to Sunderland, Radio Newcastle doesn’t stream games on the net and the SAFC website was very reluctant to refresh. Fortunately, Pete Sixsmith has the […]

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Wise words on Sunderland’s brand of football PLUS Middlesbrough ‘Guess the Score’

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Let us mix fun, competition and a sense or proportion. First, treat this as a Guess the Score posting: usual rules, as recently modified – if you are the first to predict the correct SAFC v Boro score at the end of normal plus any extra time, that is before a penalty shoot-out, you qualify […]

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SAFC v Middlesbrough ‘Who are You?’: (2) predicting another ‘unlucky’ Boro exit

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For our second Boro ‘Who are You?’ – or would it be more accurate to say the second and third? – we turn to a great stalwart of amateur football, John Atkinson*, president of Shildon FC and a former player in the area, and his pal Eddie Airey**, Shildon to the core, both of whom […]

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SAFC v Middlesbrough ‘Who are You?’: (1) hailing Cloughie, Juninho, Julio

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What’s this? Another Monsieur Salut relative supporting the wrong North-eastern team? Well, the region is like that for a lot of families. Pete Chapman, one of my sister’s lads, was born and grew up in Middlesbrough so could hardly be blamed for his choice of club or, as he puts it himself, their choice of […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s Week: Stoke, Middlesbrough and a star Arsenal ‘Who are You?’

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Another attempt to capture the flavour of Salut! Sunderland‘s week in one Saturday morning posting … (more…)

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The Boro Soapbox: Sess sees off the Smoggies

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“Disaster is around the corner, it is,” says Martin O’Neill, tongue in cheek maybe (or maybe not). “It’s lurking. But that’s probably why I’m a Sunderland fan, absolutely, I couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate club.” At the Riverside, we delayed the nasty change in fortunes, setting up a second home game with Arsenal, dangerous […]

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Martin’s Musings on winning at Boro: ‘no tap-in goals around here’

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Martin O’Neill‘s post-match email from the Riverside describes a game we always seemed likely to win but in which we struggled to assert ourselves. And two classy finishes (three if we’re fair to Lukas Jutkiewicz, assisted as he was by crazy defending) … (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Middlesbrough 1 SAFC 2

This is where Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day […]

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Beat Middlesbrough, overhaul Newcastle but cling to regional common ground

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If you grow up in the North East, there is a very good chance that your family will be spread around the region so that aunties, uncles, siblings, cousins and the rest end up supporting different football teams. (more…)

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Boro v SAFC Who are You?: ‘a rivalry so strong’


What a relief to move on from Robert Huth, Tony Pulis and the Britannia’s frozen wastes. Can the O’Neill factor work its wonders even in banana skin territory? We will know tomorrow night when we attempt to amend for a tepid display in the first game against Middlesbrough. Enter Iain Lazenby*, great name for a […]

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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’


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’

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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 […]