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Stan Anderson RIP: Sunderland to the core but captained all the Big Three clubs

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Salut! Sunderland is deeply saddened by news that Stan Anderson, who will be remembered with special fondness by SAFC supporters of a certain age, has died aged 84. In a characteristically noble tribute to a great Sunderland captain, the club historian Rob Mason recalls Stan telling him: “I was from a family of dyed in […]

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Sunderland’s new order: Stewart Donald, Charlie Methven and Benjamin the Donkey

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Pete Sixsmith is on leave. In his place, Benjamin the Donkey interprets his thoughts … unless it’s Sixer in disguise As is well known around the area, we donkeys are noted for our cynicism and unwillingness to believe that, to quote the song, “Things Can Only Get Better”. The general consensus amongst we members of […]

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Red socks, pinstripes, fighting the bosses. Who is the Charlie Methven in SAFC takeover?

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

In the continuing saga of Stewart Donald’s attempt to buy Sunderland AFC, Monsieur Salut has a minor interest to declare. Many of you will have seen references to one Charlie Methven, a public relations wizard and a director of Madrox, the company created by Stewart to take over SAFC and – who knows? – make […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s HAWAY awards: the 10 Championship clubs with fans battling for honours

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With nominations about to close in Salut! Sunderland’s annual HAWAY awards – the prizes offered for best interviews with opposing fans over the season just ended – there is a clear front runner. Since judging is not quite complete, and readers may still take part as previously invited simply by adding their choices in order […]

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George Forster: ‘if only football’s powers had a shred of Mr Sunderland’s loyalty and integrity’

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

Pete Sixsmith pays tribute to an early mentor of his football writing, George Forster, a man who exemplifies all that is good about the Sunderland AFC family of supporters and has just collected an appropriate accolade … In a season of deepest gloom, there was one bright spot – two if you count the reduction […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the Score or the Derby County “Who are You?” that is already tucked away in the safe … It comes as something of a relief to have no forthcoming weekend match to fret about. In truth, […]

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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 been too kind to the SAFC owner, accepting that he had put lots of his own money into the club only to be let down in horrific fashion by managers, executives and players. But now […]

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Middlesbrough Who are You?: ‘Newcastle’s fans are noisy, Sunderland’s are noisier’

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Monsieur Salut writes: just as well I have Boro-supporting relatives. Another Boro fan, exiled down south and writing about another Championship side for a living, had instantly agreed to sit in the Who are You? hot seat only to let us down a few days later (no names as he may have a good excuse). […]

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A View from the Avenue: a fan’s Post-it note to Ellis Short

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

For Paul Summerside, the time is right to wish a happy 2018 to all at Salut! Sunderland and its Facebook page – and to reflect on “Groundhog Day. 2017 revisited”. It’s hardly an open letter to Ellis Short, more a quick reminder that if we set aside changes in personnel, what is needed now if […]

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Sunderland vs Birmingham City Guess the Score after Maja’s winner lifts spirits

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It’s Christmas and Little Drummer Boy is one of those songs you cannot always escape from. But into the stocking of a Salut! Sunderland stalwart who signs his comments here as Drummer will go a t-shirt depicting two heroic figures of Sunderland’s not-so-distant past, Niall Quinn and SuperKev. The only other clue I shall give […]

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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 […]