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End of Season reviews (2): Ken Gambles reports from the third world

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John McCormick writes: It’s over. It’s done. All that is left are the broken dreams, blowing in the wind like old chip wrappers on Wembley Way. And the inquests, recriminations, praisings, optimism, the hope we can’t stand.  We’ll have a few of these in our end of season reviews, which began with Deputy Editor Malcolm […]

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Another one from the archives: Ken Gambles and some childhood heroes

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John McCormick writes: With a traveller like Pete Sixsmith on our books we’re always going to be able to tell a tale or two to enthrall our readers, and it’s no surprise that Pete’s home and away  “First Time” series have gone down great guns. But Pete’s not the only one with long memories and […]

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Gambles Rambles: duplicity and a lack of decency in Maja’s departure

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..In the wake of Josh Maja’s departure, there are those of us who accept that he had the right to go, even if it has left us a bit thin in the goal scoring department, but if anything it represents a good deal for the club who might have seen him leave for […]

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Rate the Ref: Sunderland v Bradford City

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Our biggest gate of the season (so far). Will  it produce more votes on the Ken-meter than the 42 we got between the poll going live after Portsmouth and the site crashing? Some of those 42 may have been Portsmouth fans, judging by the range of ratings. It was the first time the full scale […]

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Ken’s Kategories: Your chance to rate the ref at Walsall

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John McCormick writes: Ken Gambles posed an interesting problem on Thursday. How do we rate refereeing? More explicitly, How do we rate refereeing in League One? A few of our readers liked his idea and the 10 point scale he suggested so we’ve decided to give it a go. (more…)

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League One referees: ‘they don’t all know what they’re doing’

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Monsieur Salut writes: ‘you’re not fit to referee’, ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’, ‘the referee’s a w*****’. How often have we heard and/or joined in such chants? I even recall my brother piping up once in the Sunderland away end and he’s a qualified ref (albeit in rugby). It hardly seems to matter that […]

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From the archives: as John O’Shea departs, let’s look back at looking at Paolo

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith’s piece on the departures of John O’Shea, Robbie Stockdale and Adrian Tucker – a fond farewell but measured and excellently argued – got one or two talking about Paolo Di Canio. ‘JoS stood up to the ridiculous bullying of Di Canio,’ Pete wrote. Jeff, in response, felt PDC went ‘because […]

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Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

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One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may succumb to pressures of other demands on this time and forget ever receiving it. Another is that ensuing events may render the most incisive thoughts out-of-date/ Ken Gambles fell into the first trap. As for […]

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A whinge and a prayer. From Blunderland defending to Alice in Sunderland finance

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Ken Gambles makes a welcome return to writing action with some thoughts he wish he didn’t feel the need to express …     Following Saturday’s abject defeat with yet two more worthy entries for the Bumper Book of Comic Defending, a number of questions raised themselves.  First up * what is the point of going to […]

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Crystal Palace fan commissioned by Hibernian to design a Lego Stadium of Light

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Salut! Sunderland is awash with people who have taught the nation’s young (to which may be added those, like Monsieur Salut, who proved impossible to teach). And today is a day for former pupils. Pete Sixsmith, away watching this and that in Tenby, promises one of his will be submitting  a report from last night’s […]

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Salut Sunderland Accrington Stanley Match Report

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News Now does not appear to be picking up many of our recent posts, including Peter Sixsmith’s latest report from […]

Sixer’s Accrington Stanley Soapbox:Wham! Bam! Thank you Stan!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……what a contrast between yesterday and my previous visit to The Wham Stadium. Less than twelve months ago […]

Sixer’s Accrington Sevens: when the result matters and the team delivers it’s a good day, despite…

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Pete Sixsmith gives us value for money on yet another trip across the Pennines. He sent a pre-match text telling […]

The Brexit Debate. Today: the not so good Europeans of Sunderland AFC

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..with the seemingly never ending issue of Brexit, the prorogation of Parliament and the confusing and contradictory outpourings […]

The Brexit issue: The good and not so good Europeans of Sunderland AFC

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I was 19 when I was first able to vote in a General Election. Sunderland were the holders […]

Sixer’s U23s Soapbox: Sunderland Triumph in Washington DC (Durham Challenge Cup) tie

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Malcolm Dawson writes……I was trying to decide whether take the car and go to see our U23s in action in […]

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