Tag Archives: Sunderland

How to come back from a seven-goal hammering: ask Norwich

The launch of Football United has brought together a lively bunch of football bloggers beneath the same umbrella, where we are encouraged to feel sheltered but not owned. One of the stars is Rachel Neil at a Norwich City site, named let’s be ’avin you after Delia Smith’s rallying cry to Canaries fans. Rachel* agreed […]

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Ian Porterfield’s magic boot: a footnote to FA Cup history

We remember the late Ian Porterfield for his winning goal in the FA Cup Final of 1973. Two Salut! Sunderland readers have another reason for remembering him (or two versions of the same reason) .. If ever an exchange of thoughts or memories deserved to leap from the Salut! Sunderland comments field to a posting […]

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West Ham, relegation battles and a new owner’s tears

Colin Randall appreciates David Sullivan’s obvious and genuine commitment to West Ham – backed up by tears on TalkSport – but hopes any revival in the club’s fortunes is modest … Without holding the slightest thing against West Ham or most of its supporters, I make no secret of my wish that the club David […]

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SAFC 1 Leeds 0: words can describe it

Health warning: to be avoided by persons of a sensitive disposition who also support Leeds United. But think back to the first Saturday of May, 37 years ago. Every street deserted, people glued to their TV sets if not actually at Wembley. All the devotion, fervour and pride captured in the selection of photos we […]

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What Steve Bruce can say to Liverpool: LXLWLLXLLXXL

That, in case anyone needs a clue, is our Premier League record since Oct 24. So if Steve Bruce needs more than a simple “get lost” to offer Rafa should reports of a Liverpool bid for loan deal for Kenwyne Jones contain even a hint of truth, that might be a good place to start. […]

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Chelsea 7 Sunderland 2: an appreciation

Niall Quinn and Steve Bruce are apparently the guests on Goals on Sunday, on Sky tomorrow. How will they explain away this humiliation? Colin Randall is still apoplectic after another shambolic away performance … “Appreciate,” gloated the lippy teenager in blue as she walked past the Sunderland end on the way back to her front-row […]

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Bridging a gap of confidence before Chelsea away

At badminton the other night – I live on the wild side – a Chelsea fan accused me of gamesmanship. He wasn’t suggesting I’d tampered with the shuttle but that I was trying to lull him towards false feelings of security by expressing fears that Sunderland might be facing a cricket score away at Chelsea. […]

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Long ago, when all the world willed us to beat Leeds

There were no neutrals. Everyone outside Leeds wanted Sunderland to win the 1973 FA Cup Final. Continuing our coverage of Lance Hardy’s new book** on the sensational upset our Lads caused at Wembley, Pete Sixsmith wallows in the memory of a quite different world … Photos from 1973 by kind permission of the Sunderland Echo […]

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Who are you? We’re Chelsea – and feel sorry for Newcastle

Since I do know Chelsea season ticket holders who never go to an away Premier game but consider themselves proper fans, Gill Brown* must be ultraproper. Saturday found her in Hull, ready for the game that was sure to be played – but wasn’t. Gill, who is also a useful badminton player (well, a lot […]

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This morning’s puzzle: name Kenwyne’s £40m day

Transfer windows open out onto a heap of speculation, some of it fuelled by wily agents, some of it appearing to be evidence of – shall we say – the imaginative powers of football reporters. In one window, during Roy Keane’s time, only half a dozen or so of the scores of names in the […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Middlesbrough FC

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John McCormick writes: I’d really have to think hard about whether or not I’ve seen us play ‘Boro at Roker. […]

Sunderland’s decline under Short ‘more Accrington Stanley than Leeds’

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Monsieur Salut says: when I said Salut! Sunderland had perhaps been too kind to Ellis Short in the past, I […]

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 […]

A Daughter Speaks: how Wigan and Rochdale restored the FA Cup’s shine

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Amid all Sunderland’s more pressing problems, it seems almost incidental to reflect on how old you now have to be […]

SAFC vs Middlesbrough Who are You?: ‘Coleman’s great but what a mountain to climb’

We were both in the Premier League when Jake came up with this banner for the game (we lost 2-1) that prompted David Moyes's infamous relegation scrap comments

Monsieur Salut writes: having used up virtually the entire Boro-supporting side of my family (my sister has lived there throughout […]

Post-Bolton thoughts: as Brian Clough said…

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By now you’ll have read Pete Sixsmith’s report from Bolton. I can’t find fault with it and there’s no point in […]