Tag Archives: relegation

Kate Bush says ‘Don’t give up’, and so does Wrinkly Pete

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John McCormick writes: So you think it’s bad, do you? In this post Wrinkly Pete opens with a reminder of a time when the mortgage interest rate was just about dropping into single figures after peaking at 15%+, Sunderland were struggling in the bottom half of the second division and averaging gates of under 20,000, and down […]

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Nil desperandum: why Sunderland’s relegation would still not lead me to despair

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This article by our deputy editor Malcolm Dawson appeared two years ago next Monday. Change the names and other details and it is as relevant now as it was then. Pete Sixsmith always threatens to jump ship, without – except in the 1997-1998 playoff season – actually getting wet; in fact, he will probably see […]

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Sunderland and Hull, Middlesbrough or Palace? Swansea or Bournemouth? Not WBA, as Leicester take off

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When I last reported in with the Salut Sunderland relegation watch we had had some recent wins but were still in the relegation zone, along with Swansea and Hull. (Swansea weren’t one of the clubs chosen in our start-of season poll but I included them in December on the grounds that some people did vote for “another club” and they  had begun […]

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Sixer’s stand-in’s Soapbox: Everton do enough to guarantee the points

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John McCormick writes: Pete has asked me if I can do a match report for him as he’s taking in Bradford v Toulouse and won’t get in until late. I can, but you mustn’t expect his level of wit, nor his keen observation and erudition. This was only my third live game of the season and I […]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: “for 25 minutes we looked good”

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Jake sent a message with the graphic on the left: “Another false dawn is snuffed out.” Is there any hope? David Moyes suggests there is, other results suggest there may be. But, for the real truth, there’s only one place to go. Pete Sixsmith – he’s seen it all, he knows what’s what. Over to […]

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Sunderland, Palace, Hull, Swansea, Middlesbrough and Leicester – pick any three

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When I last reported in with the Salut Sunderland relegation watch we had had some recent wins but were still in the relegation zone, along with Swansea and Hull. (Swansea weren’t one of the clubs chosen in our start-of season poll but I included them in December on the grounds that some people did vote for “another club” and they  had begun […]

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Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball: on course for survival, oddly enough, despite Stoke

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  Before the Stoke game, “Wrinkly Pete” Lynn calculated the points Sunderland might pick up from the rest of the season and concluded, perhaps generously, that we would snatch survival once again – even if we lost to Stoke, which we duly did and in style (what kind of style would require the sort of […]

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Hull, Swansea and Sunderland down? Bournemouth, Watford, Middlesbrough, Burnley, West Brom and Crystal Palace safe? Maybe, maybe not

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Wrinkly Pete alluded to my dodgy numbers in his post earlier in the week so  here’s an overview on our performance to date, along with that of the clubs named in the headline, which were chosen by a free and democratic poll at the start of the season. I’m keeping it brief – only a quick trip to […]

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Sunderland, Hull and ‘Boro descending; Watford rising; Palace, West Brom, Burnley and Bournemouth on the level

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During the close season we gave readers the opportunity to select their relegation favourites from the entire Premier league. Then we asked readers to select three candidates from the eight clubs which came top. By  the season’s start some 3,500 votes had been cast in our relegation poll Hull were firm favourites to go down, with Burnley and Sunderland giving the North […]

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Take pity on Hull, Burnley and Sunderland, all doomed before a ball is kicked.

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As the days went by our  “who’s doomed” poll slipped down the “Salut”front page until it dropped off the bottom like a relegated team. By then over 3500 votes had been cast. Most came in flurries in the first couple of days and, although I suspect a strong contingent of Sunderland fans cast votes and tried […]

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Countdown to Portsmouth at Wembley: (1) ‘a pleasant change from cataclysmic collapse’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Wembley looms again. There is no meaningful football for us (except the games involving our League One […]

From the archives: Birmingham City memories and Sixer doffs his hat to Roy Hodgson

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John McCormick writes: Malcolm said over the weekend that “with no game between now and the Checkatrade Trophy final, the […]

View from the Avenue: how Sunderland benefit from the Checkatrade distraction

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A few days when size mattered, writes Monsieur Salut: first we had Salut! Sunderland passing a grand total of 4m […]

Sixer’s Sub’s Soapbox: Walsall can’t hold on as Sunderland close the gap

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Pete Sixsmith reported windy weather before trotting off to the SOL yesterday and Walsall duly put the wind up Sunderland, […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Grigg strike eases patchy Sunderland past Walsall for three mighty points

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Back home, after a long time on the road, with a depleted squad and a serious need to keep in […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Sixer recalls when Walsall rode into Roker

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Malcolm Dawson writes….this is Saturday will be the fourth time I will have seen our visitors this season and I […]

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