Jake: ‘tame the Shrews, Lads’

There is a hint of discontent at Salut! Sunderland, says Monsieur Salut.

We’re broadly pleased at the process SAFC have made under Jack Ross, aided and abetted by the breath of fresh air introduced by the new owners.

But we have our own little local difficulties. In the week that preceded the win at Bradford, and immediately afterwards, Pete Sixsmith and Malcolm Dawson wrote magnificently for this site. John McCormick has subsequently added more of his painstaking analysis of the statistics and trends. The only thing missing has been readers, or enough of them to make it all seem worthwhile.

Monsieur Salut bears some responsibility. The pop-up ad that greets anyone landing on the site is, as I have admitted at our Facebook group pages, an ugly carbuncle. I regret accepting it, even though the site needs a modest income to finance hosting and other charges plus the cost of competition prizes (we previously had a sponsor for these).

That said, it is not to difficult to close down the ad – there’s a cross in top left corner but equally there’s one in the right hand corner that looks to some readers like another way of returning to Salut! Sunderland but takes them to the betting company’s site instead. If my experience is a guide it’s even more annoying on a mobile phone – I end up having to load the url twice.

My solemn promise is that this form of advertising will not be permitted once the present contract runs out. For now, I have raised it with the advertiser who promises to investigate a possible improvement.

Beyond that, it remains disheartening to see work of the quality my colleagues produce go unread by so many. Just getting rid of the pop-up may or may not change that, but forgive me for feeling that there are some days or weeks when we have more opposition fans coming here than supporters of Sunderland AFC.

We are not in competition with anyone. Other sites have greater resources than Salut! Sunderland – it would be difficult to have less – and may be better at what they do than we are at what we do. But the effort put into running Salut! Sunderland needs to be reciprocated. Otherwise, our raison d’être has run its course.

Back to football. Have a go at guessing the score in Saturday’s game at Shrewsbury. I’ll stick to the prize format – the usual mug for a Sunderland winner, something appropriate for an opposing fan.

Something like this – you choose the names. And a Shewsbury-supporting winner would get a design more to his his/her taste

Be first to be right, have a UK delivery address and you win. There’s a backlog of prize mugs waiting to be ordered but I’ll get round to it sooner or later.

Ha’way the Lads.

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20 Responses to “Shrewsbury Town vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score. Keep up the momentum” Subscribe

  1. John Mac October 16, 2018 at 9:58 am #


    Gooch and Honeyman, in that order, after 27 and 56 minutes respectively.

    • salutsunderland October 21, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

      A winner. I know where to find him!

  2. Phil D October 16, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    1-1 No clean sheet

  3. Phil D October 16, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    1-1 No clean sheet – again

  4. Terry October 16, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    The Shrews lack of goals means little to us. No clean sheet again. 1-3 away win.

  5. Ian Chester October 16, 2018 at 11:45 am #

    0-3 . Why all the pessimism. Btw I love the site and have no prob clicking the Correct x to get past the ad.

  6. wrinkly pete October 16, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

    First the score. I can’t get there which means we will probably keep all eleven players on the pitch. Just for a change I will go for four-three to The Lads.

    I sympathise with your frustration. Perhaps we all need to try a little harder. I often forward articles to friends and family but they won’t register as hits for the site I guess when they are read (??). I personally enjoy the dialogue that develops sometimes but am well aware that this generally happens when the subject is controversial.
    Agree totally with Ian. Dead easy to remove. If the survival of this lovely site means ads like the present one, let it be. (the Beatles, January 1969 BTW.)

  7. salutsunderland October 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

    Even on a mobile? It’s better today, happened only the first time – which is how it’s meant to be in any 24 hour period – but on other days it’s popped up every time I go to the site on the same day. And I cannot locate the left hand x. Maybe need better glasses! On PCS and laptops I think some people are thrown by the ‘skip and visit site’ x in the top right corner . The advertiser is perplexed, says he cannot see the problem .

    • wrinkly pete October 16, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

      Steady on. I only just learned the laptop. However, keen to help, I just went into internet on my inherited (from son, that’s how most wrinklies get them) Sony Experia. Up came the ad, I clicked on the tiny x, it was then magnified and I clicked again and the ad went. I am now feeling glad all over (Dave Clark 5, 1964?)

  8. CSB October 16, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

    Shrewsbury 1 – 4 Sunderland

  9. Eric012 October 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

    Them Nowt – Us Fower. Mug to Jimmy Mac please.

  10. YSYL October 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    Shrews 1 – SAFC 3

    Like most I normally find pop-ups really annoying. But I have to say until I read this article I had never even thought about complaining on this site.

    I enjoy this site so much a couple of further clicks to gain access is no problem. And, if it pays the bills so be it.

  11. Paul October 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    4-2 TO Sunderland.

  12. Malcolm Ray October 17, 2018 at 7:49 am #

    1-0 to Sunderland- lots of chances but only one is needed – but any win will do

  13. Edward October 17, 2018 at 8:31 am #

    I’ll grab 2-1 to us. A classic workman score for a workman league.

  14. Mike October 17, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

    The Lads to win 3-2,need to keep that winning feeling.

  15. malcolm October 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    Nostradamus says shrews will be devoured by black cats. 0 – 6.

  16. Bill October 18, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

    2-2 to the lads

  17. Mel Bond October 19, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

    The eternal optimist goes nap 0-5 to the lads
    I didn’t get an add visiting the site

  18. Peter legat October 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    First time comments from me. The betting advert is a bit annoying but, to get to the excellent content available not a problem for me.
    I’ve been a Sunderland supporter since 1973 when I was studying at Sunderland Polytechnic for a combined science degree. Coming from Cumbria my nearest home club was Barrow. So the excitement of SAFC was tangible. The rollercoaster ride of the last….lots of years…has been crazy. At long last a reconnection is happening…long may it continue. I’m actually looking forward to our matches!

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