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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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Sunderland 2 West Ham 0: now as then would be nice

Some of us can remember it as if it happened yesterday and we still played at Roker Park. But it didn’t, and we don’t. Just as Hammers of a certain vintage hark back to a certain date in October 1968, we think of May 12 1980. There was a difference in the scorelines – 8-0 […]

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SAFC 2 Stoke City 0: winning points outrageously

Image: addick.tedKevin On top but wobbly. That was the essence of the text messages from the Stadium of Light. Great to secure three points, but television replays show just how wobbly it was … Salut! Sunderland rattles on week after week about cheating and is among the first to whinge when appalling decisions cost Sunderland […]

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Stoke City’s man of letters: ‘Kenwyne was always one of ours’

Time, as we said, to move on. There’s another important game looming: SAFC v Stoke City on Saturday. Stephen Foster*, the author of two classics among “my club” football books (buy them at the best prices by clicking here), is another great capture for the Who Are You? series. Stoke through and through, he writes […]

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Podcasting, mending crooked fingers and giving gloryseeking a bad name

From David Schiavone, one of the Red Cafe Man Utd podcast people, came this understatement: “Well done, your team were quite impressive”. Along with a belated signpost to my pre-match interview for them (a bit past its use-by date but you’ll find it at this link if you really want; the interview is along way […]

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Sunderland (0) 0 Manchester United (0) 0: two dropped points

Flooding the Manchester United dressing room with a burst pipe was a great ruse. But after the plumbing-delayed start, we couldn’t quite turn general supremacy into victory. The second half was more even, but we still had more chances to clinch it – … So Steed Malbranque had two decent chances. Bolo Zenden hit a […]

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HT: Sunderland 0 Manchester United 0. Bursts of promise

This report has been superseded by SAFC 0 Man Utd 0: two dropped points Our ingenious ruse, attempting to destabilise Manchester United by bursting a pipe in the away dressing room, nearly paid off .. but after the plumbing-delayed start, we couldn’t quite turn first-half supremacy into a lead … All I have to go […]

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SAFC v Manchester United: questions from the Stretford End

Image: billfromesm   Lots of raw nerves were touched with reaction to our Republik of Mancunia interview yesterday, with Manchester United fans displaying a mixture of indignation and bewilderment at both sites, and loads of thumbs-down here, leaving Salut! Sunderland to ooze all the wisdom and fair play it could muster. Now the boot is […]

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Sunderland v Manchester United: the Republik of Mancunia speaks

Abject apologies yet again to the growing number of people I hear about, from Canada to the North East, who cannot currently visit Salut! Sunderland – and may therefore not even see this apology – or can gain access only intermittently. Arrangements are in hand to shoot the techies. For those who are still with […]

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Len Shackleton: a clown, maybe, but a genius too

Two months from now, we will reach the 10th anniversary of the death of Len Shackleton, one of the greatest players – and arguably the most charismatic – to wear the red and white stripes of Sunderland AFC. Salut! Sunderland thanks Mark Walton, at the Blackcats list, for a link to a superb BBC 5 […]

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The end of an era. Salut! Sunderland’s journey will soon be over

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AS MANY READERS KNOW, WE CANNOT CURRENTLY PUBLISH COMMENTS. IF YOU WISH TO OFFER YOUR VIEWS ON WHAT APPEARS BELOW […]

Salut! Sunderland’s 13 years and Sunderland’s 13 managers: (1) Keano

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As Salut! Sunderland winds down, Pete Sixsmith comes up with an idea to keep us occupied in our remaining weeks. […]

Wycombe, Oxford, Coventry and Fleetwood intrude. But what about Peterborough, Rotherham, Doncaster and Portsmouth?

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Another international weekend with Sunderland players called up. You might wonder how, given that we’re a League One club and […]

Sixer’s Scunthorpe Sevens. Sunderland ironed flat

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Pete Sixsmith sent a bonfire night seven word text concerning the probability that we wouldn’t be making a trip to […]

Not quite viral (2): a small world mourns Salut! Sunderland’s demise

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Monsieur Salut writes: as the world now knows, Salut! Sunderland’s days are numbered. If you missed the news, it’s here: […]

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