Tag Archives: Who Are You?

Pauline McLynn: Father Ted’s char cheering shamelessly for Aston Villa

DLR Library An actress’s life can bring varied demands. After being made up to look a lot older for the part of Father Ted’s housekeeper Mrs Doyle, Pauline McLynn* was required to appear nude as Libby in Shameless. But never mind that: she’s here because she is a keen Aston Villa fan. As a lass […]

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Villa ‘Who are You?’: when Ashley Young has us groaning

We went to Chelsea to improve on a 7-2 drubbing and beat them 3-0. Aston Villa had fared even worse last time at the Bridge – 7-1 – and Sunday’s six-goal draw will have done wonders for morale. Isn’t that downright typical, just before they play us? Dominic Wren*, a Villa fan teaching PE in […]

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SAFC v Blackburn: Rovers fan with attitude pulls no punches

When Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers play, you know that if Vinjay* previews the game you get no name but the certainty of some forthright views. Too forthright, he suggests, for some fellow Rovers fans. Read on for a not-so-fond farewell to Big Sam, relief that the new boss is Steve Kean and not Roy Keane, […]

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The Blackpool ‘Who are You?’: more plaudits for Jimmy Armfield

Just a few words on how yesterday’s interview with Jimmy Armfield ahead of today’s big game at the Stadium of Light got people talking about Blackpool’s exemplary man of football … It is not often that we get 3,500 visitors in a day. Newcastle going down (us gloating) and the 5-1 drubbing at St James’ […]

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SAFC v Blackpool – Jimmy Armfield talks to Salut! Sunderland

Jimmy Armfield*. Placed together in that order, they are two of my favourite words in the English language. There have been better footballers and managers, though he wasn’t bad himself, acclaimed during the 1962 World Cup in Chile as “the best right-back in the world” and later doing good work in charge of Bolton and […]

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Manchester United v SAFC: ‘not arrogant, just better’

Whenever Sunderland play Manchester United, Salut! Sunderland expects to hear from a Scotsman in Italy. David Schiavone, a United-supporting writer who runs the MUFC podcast site redcafe.net to which we are asked to give pre-match interviews (hear the latest one 30 mintes into this podcast), also has a passion for Serie A. But United are […]

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Manchester United v SAFC: who adds cash in a Welbeck/Henderson swap?

Bernt Rostad So what if Sir Alex comes knocking on Steve Bruce’s door to request and require the signature of Jordan Henderson? Our United friend Andrew* may be a shrinking violet – no photo/no surname though he does run the Stretford End Arising site, with which Salut! Sunderland has excellenrt relations – suspects we could […]

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SAFC v Bolton, with ominous news for Aston Villa

Image: Ben Sutherland   Next up among the Bolton fans who answered our “Who are You?” Mayday message: not my old camarade Ian Jones, royal photographer of note (Monsieur Salut, naturellement, has republican tendencies but we always worked together well), but the next best thing, his brother-in-law Peter Stott*. Interesting thoughts, not least on a […]

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SAFC v Bolton: a woman with Megson in her sights

The Fish of Bolton Image: Surprise truck   What were saying about Bolton fans being like London buses? Wait half an hour, then three come along together. No sooner had we thought of throwing in the towel on finding a Wanderers supporter than replies started flooding in. Well trickling. The policy is straightforward: if people […]

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Bolton Who are You?: ‘isn’t he a bit like Bale?’

Lofthouse v Gregg: The Big Book of Football Champions 1958 TuebrookDave   Who can they possibly mean? Are there lots of Egyptians in Bolton? So Sunderland, our own El Bale and all, take on the high-flying Wanderers on Saturday. But this is an emergency “Who are You?”. It always seems tough, for some reason, to […]

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Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]

Sheffield Wednesday Who are You?: ‘League One might be good for you. We should know’

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Monsieur Salut writes: at around this time last season, Dave Briggs* gave us some great responses as a Sheffield Wednesday […]

SAFC vs Sheffield Wednesday prize Guess the Score: we’re the underdogs

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It is a fact of life as we find it, says Monsieur Salut. Sunderland start the Carabao Cup tie (league […]

View From the North West Corner: give Catts a break

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Following a lot of public criticism of one of our players by followers of The Black Cats, Malcolm Dawson appeals […]

After a four-point start to the season, it is time for the carping to stop?

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Three references to the approach some Sunderland supporters adopt towards their club caught the eye yesterday and today, says Monsieur […]

A Long and Winding Road leads to Luton Town and a hard fought draw

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John McCormick writes: I woke up this morning feeling fine and decided that, as Pete Sixsmith had introduced a musical theme […]