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Swearing loyalty: how Sunderland’s long-suffering fans give vent in gloomy times

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Monsieur Salut wrote: the old ones are not always the best, but our current plight – described with melancholy beauty in Pete Sixsmith’s report of Sunderland 0-4 Southampton – and the poor health suffered by a friend prompted me to dig out this piece, first published in November 2008. The original article began with some references to […]

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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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Moyes on the boys v Southampton: “we played well and with confidence”

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John McCormick, feeling really let down and thankful he didn’t go, writes: The boys fly off to the States this week. If you were Donald Trump would you let them in? And if they get in who do you hope stays there? It doesn’t sound as if we were destroyed in David Moyes’s post match missive. […]

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Sixers Sevens: Southampton shoot us down

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John McCormick writes:  We do make it difficult, don’t we? But have we made it impossible?  Results elsewhere may mean we haven’t but, really, we can’t live in the Premiership with a team that provides, to quote Pete Sixsmith, in exactly seven words: “Another embarrassment that sorely tests our patience” In fact, we have to admit we […]

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Southampton “guess the score” – and women can enter too.

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John McCormick writes: The weekend starts today, with the bike pump coming out and the casey being inflated. Once that’s done the dubbin’s taken down from the shelf and rubbed in, and then some of the dubbin goes onto the boots as well. A quick check of the studs while we’re at it, do any new ones […]

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Southampton Who are you? “No team in the land can boast such a conveyor belt of talent”

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Are we meeting Southampton at the right part of the season? Are they  far enough up the league to be relaxed and not inclined to fight as hard as some more desperate clubs might? Will they be distracted by Wembley and not focused on their immediate game? Somehow, I don’t think so. They’re a well-run, professional […]

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Guess the Score: special Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Southampton prize edition

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Monsieur Salut writes: There is already a Guess the Score prize competition running for SAFC v Tottenham at this link. Check it out if you haven’t already. Tomorrow (Sunday) I leave on holiday, entrusting the safe stewardship of the site to Malcolm, John, Pete and Jake in the knowledge that there will also be a […]

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Hutch’s one-word ratings from Southampton. No one starred in ‘sterile’ display

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No fewer than 1,228 of the 21,460 crowd on a Wednesday night at St Mary’s were in the away end and you can bet a few more Sunderland supporters were dotted around other parts of the ground. And for what?  Rob Hutchison was among them and can tell you it wasn’t much: ‘Sterile, tame performance. […]

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Moyes on the boys at Southampton: we were much improved tonight

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John McCormick writes: Just before he slid on to the team coach for the long journey home (having exerted his authority and taken the whole of the back seat so he could kip) our manager penned a letter to M Salut (and maybe one or two others). M Salut, generous fellow that he is, kindly […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Southampton 1-0 Sunderland. Slightly better, still not good enough

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Monsieur Salut writes: I rely tonight on Benno and Barnes who acclaimed Sofiane Boufal’s wonder goal that beat us, praised Djilobodji for perhaps his best game since signing, considered Ndong ‘awful’ and agreed our first touch and passing were generally poor. No Pete Sixsmith this time so it is a substitute Seven …   (more…)

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World Cup Diaries: (2) our Middlesbrough-supporting chronicler enjoys his first game

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

This is the second instalment of the World Cup musings of Monsieur Salut’s Boro-supporting nephew, Andy Falconer, who saves hard-earned […]

The Beautiful Game? Wrinkly Pete’s thoughts on the power of football

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John McCormick writes: We’re not the only old and famous club to be facing turbulent times and I’m sure our […]

Strangely Unmoved. What World Cup?

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When Colin put up his competition about prediciting the World Cup finalists I had a go.  I chose England because […]

Salut! Sunderland’s World Cup diaries: (1) glorious St Petersburg

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  Monsieur Salut writes: 0ur summer faithful will have noticed that I invited contributions from any reader who happened to […]

Guess the World Cup final pair. You may win a prize (two if Australia make it)

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

With Russia kicking off the 2018 World Cup, as has become the norm for host nations, with their opening game […]

World Cup Memories: France’s version of England’s 1966 glory

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Monsieur Salut writes: now we know. In County Durham, Pete Sixsmith has retreated into the GCSE marking part of his […]