Tag Archives: Sunderland A.F.C.

Who are You?: Nottingham Forest and the Art of Football

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Malcolm Dawson writes……….the games are coming thick and fast. Today the Who are You? series reaches Sunderland v Forest ahead of Tuesday’s game and we have turned to “Art of Football”, Forest fans all and sponsors and providers of some great prizes that we on Salut! Sunderland have been able to award. I have two […]

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Sixer’s Sheffield United Soapbox: death by a thousand cuts as the Blades take the spoils

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

Malcolm Dawson writes…….there were several reasons why I decided not to renew my season card over the summer. 1) The number of home games I wouldn’t get to because of other commitments. 2) The painful walk to the ground and back to the car owing to my arthritic knees. 3) The fact that after my […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: (2) Bury

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

For his first contribution to a series he devised in a quiet moment between delivering papers, visiting obscure football grounds and losing weight, Pete Sixsmith very nearly won the Freedom of Derby, so contented were the Rams fans who strayed here long enough to see it. Second instalment: back where we won 5-2 to clinch […]

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Beauty or beast: prize Guess the Score as Grayson’s ‘different animal’ faces Derby County

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

A new season beckons and we’re raring to go, full of optimism and excitement, our confidence nourished by the knowledge that Sunderland AFC are in the safest of hands. No pre-season calamities, no breaking of ranks or signs of dressing room dissent, no one facing disciplinary action before the league programme even starts. And everything […]

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Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players used by Simon Grayson as he assessed our chances of mounting a serious challenge for promotion. Sunderland won 2-1, but impressed few of those who have had their say already about what seems to have […]

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All good things come to an end: Sunderland’s relegation is mine too

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

Just before the start of the 2012-2013 season, Dom Raynor, then editor of ESPN FC, invited me to contribute regular articles on Sunderland to the club-by-club section of the site. These days, I am so used to being asked to work for nothing that I was surprised to discover they proposed to pay for these […]

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‘With Rob Mason’s diligence, SAFC would be preparing for Barca not Burton’

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Monsieur Salut writes: I have offered the view of Sunderland AFC as I understand it at this link. Here is Pete Sixmsith with a wonderful tribute to Rob Mason, reluctantly departing editor of the award-winning SAFC matchday programme … One of the consequences of relegation is that there are changes behind the scenes. Players move […]

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A daughter asks: what is Jordan Pickford worth, should Liverpool buy him?

Nathalie, left, and team-mates in women's football. They get exasperated watching us play

We all know Monsieur Salut’s football-playing younger daughter Nathalie is not a Sunderland fan. OK, she quite likes us, maybe we’re her second team. She’s been dragged to see us a few times in her life. But her allegiance is Liverpool mainly because as a kid, she fancied John Barnes. So, what now for Jordan […]

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Sixer’s West Ham Soapbox: too late for positives

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Malcolm Dawson writes………..if you believe the official figures, there were over 40,000 world weary souls at the Stadium of Light yesterday but that statistic includes all season card holders and by the number of pink seats visible, a good number of those had opted for another way of spending their Saturday. Pete Sixsmith wasn’t one […]

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‘All my fault’: the man behind a golden milestone for Sunderland supporters

Wear Down South for the 2014 Leage Cup final. Image: Rob Hutchison

Monsieur Salut writes: the London and SEbranch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association has just reached 50 years of age. In common with many who leave Sunderland-supporting parts of the North East to ply their trades in and around the Smoke, I eventually got round to joining the branch after seeing numerous mentions in the matchday […]

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Sixer’s sevens. Brentford 3 Sunderland 3. Can’t hold on to a lead

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

John McCormick writes: We’ve now conceded 25 goals already this season, although it appears that the last of them came […]

The first time ever I saw your ground: Brentford and Griffin Park

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

John McCormick writes: I’d hoped to make this fixture but circumstances dictate otherwise, which means I’ll have to wait another […]

Brentford v SAFC: Bees are buzzing after first home win in six months

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We know the feeling, the one Brentford had before beating Millwall 1-0 at Griffin Park, and we know it all […]

Brentford Who are You?: ‘someone’s due a bashing’. Does he mean Sunderland?

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Monsieur Salut writes: Billy Grant* talks about his beloved Brentford the way we all wish we could talk about our […]

Leicester winning the league, Sunderland winning a game: finding the best odds online

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Another of Salut! Sunderland‘s services to the football-loving community, in this case that part of the community that likes an […]

Brentford ‘Guess the Score’. QPR fan won the last competition. Sunderland’s turn?

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  It is rare though not unheard of. Without needing to post an entry, Clive Whittingham – a supporter of […]