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Sixer’s Soapbox substitute from Charlton: a fair draw but unfairly dry January

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Monsieur Salut writes: my thanks to Dave Suddick, from our Facebook group, for the shot of SAFC’s marvellous travelling support as seen from his seat with a Charlton friend. I felt for an unexpectedly absent Pete Sixsmith, recuperating after surgery but in remarkably good spirits before and after, as I joined my pal and former […]

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Josh Maja cannot be blamed, but doesn’t someone in this tale owe an explanation?

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Josh Maja seems more or less blameless in the series of events that led to today’s astonishing development. If Sunderland AFC is telling the truth, Maja told Jack Ross yesterday he wanted to stay and would today sign a generous new contract (did someone say at seven times his current salary, precisely as demanded by […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Maja makes the difference at Blackpool

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Was it 7,000, 8,000 or perhaps even more Sunderland fans who made the trip to Blackpool for the New Year’s Day fixture at Bloomfield Road? Pete Sixsmith was among them and was delighted to record Josh Maja’s 15th goal of the season. Barnes and Benno kept those of us nowhere near the Lancashire seaside in […]

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Blackpool vs Sunderland Guess the Score: seaside frolics?

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New Year’s day is part of a great English football tradition. Games are played on January 1 just as they take place on Boxing Day, so much better than the wimpish French trêve (it also means truce but here denotes a widwinter sporting break). And Sunderland, accompanied by 7-8,000 supporters, are at Blackpool. A special […]

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Blackpool vs Sunderland Who are You?: Bloomfield Bear helps us remember Jimmy Armfield

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Monsieur Salut writes: which of the Newcombes, father Gary or son Kieran, a) appears in the photo and b) answered our questions? Not sure about the photo but we can take it Gary answered the questions since the responses suggest a longer stint as a Blackpool fan than that of his lad. Kieran’s lips are […]

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North Eastern Programme Club: the year SAFC picked the right people

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SAFC fans who buy the matchday programme will know that Salut! Sunderland writers regularly contribute. For the Shrewsbury edition, our associate editor John McCormick looked back over a tumultuous year for the club and its supporters. Here is his article (NB: there may have been a couple of edits before publication) … (more…)

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Shrewsbury Who are You? Which SAFC man is so passionate he’s ‘absolutely mental’?

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Read on for the answer to the question posed in the headline. Ollie Warner, co-presenter of the Shrewsbury Town podcast Salopcast, came up trumps with great replies to our questions ahead of Saturday’s game. He’ll be there, looking forward to seeing a new ground, and feels Sunderland will have to buy in January or settle […]

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Sunderland vs Shrewsbury Guess the Score: make it two in a row

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At a busy period for Sunderland and therefore Salut! Sunderland, postings may appear out of natural sequence. Pete Sixsmith’s full report on the 1-0 win over Bradford City, including his thoughts on the disallowed City “equaliser”, will be published later. For now, premature as it may seem, let us get on with other business by […]

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North Eastern Programme Club: past Boxing Day games vs Liverpool, Leeds, Derby and more

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Salut! Sunderland is proud to contribute to SAFC matchday programmes. Finally free of his annual Santa duties, Pete Sixsmith joined the 46,039 present at the game against Bradford City. Those who bought the programme will have seen these recollections of past Boxing Day encounters … (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: dodgy line call helps SAFC beat Bradford City

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Pete Sixsmith, Santa duties over for another year, was among the bumper Boxing Day crowd of 46,039 for the important match against Bradford City. Portsmouth losing at Gillingham in the early game provided a great opportunity to make up lost ground – and we did it, if only just. Monsieur Salut could not be among […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Scunthorpe United and Glanford Park

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It’s over 100 years since E M Forster wrote “The Machine Stops”. If you haven’t read it I suggest you […]

View from the Avenue: a Sunderland rallying cry to still half-term wobbles

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Scunthorpe vs Sunderland Who are You?: ‘please don’t sing Garden Shed or Shearer song’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Ian Moore* came our way thanks to Matt Blanchard from the Scunthorpe Iron-Bru fan site and podcast […]

French Fancies: ‘star chroniclers’ Henry Winter, Sam Wallace and tenuous Sunderland links

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France’s leading Sunday newspaper hails four stars of Premier League football writing[/caption] How can I make this sound like it […]

Scunthorpe vs SAFC prize Guess the Score: make Rod Liddle eat his words

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Monsieur Salut introduces the latest prize Guess the Score competition. Don’t worry if your entry is ‘held for moderation’ – […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland 1 Luton 1. Mazdas but no Maja

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Malcom Dawson wrote this introduction wthout seeing Pete Sixsmith’s match report: Lee Probert’s performance will undoubtedly dominate the headlines and […]

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