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Sunderland vs Oxford, goals (secretly) galore and a fond farewell from Bryan Oviedo

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Thank you @SunderlandAFC for everything, it has been nothing but a great adventure. Sunderland will always be more than a football team it will always be like family to me! #OviedoBaby pic.twitter.com/h17RqRISuR — Bryan Oviedo (@Bryan_Oviedo) July 29, 2019 The goals we wanted finally came – and no fans were there to witness them, says […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s welcome to George Dobson – a big midfielder and what’s more, we paid for him

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Monsieur Salut writes: at around 8pm, I switched on my phone after landing at Stansted, noticed the signing of George Dobson had been announced and prepared to write our usual welcoming piece on the train into London. Fat chance. The sun had come out and there were no trains. Nor any notice to that effect […]

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A frog or a prince? Salut! Sunderland welcomes Marc McNulty

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  John McCormick writes: there’s a saying somewhere to the extent that you need to kiss a lot of frogs to get your prince. That has to be true of us. We’ve had Marco, Sir Kevin and Jermain Defoe, and also Darren Bent, but we’ve also had Tore Andre Flo, Asamoah Gyan, Steven Fletcher,  Kenwyne […]

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McGeady: Aiden and abetting a new Sunderland promotion push

Jake: 'let's have a revolution - like winning some games'

Monsieur Salut writes: we all love a marquee signing, the arrival at the Stadium of Light of Light of a game-changing player. I have no problem with bivouac signings, as our three new acquisitions so far, all frees, might be termed. As long as Jack Ross and his scouts have done their homework correctly, they […]

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A Salut! Sunderland welcome to Jordan WiIlis, Jack Ross’s third pre-season signing

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Signing number three is another free, Jordan Willis, 24, a defender who played for Coventry City until the end of last season. Salut! Sunderland is happy to extend its customary warm welcome to a new recruit who describes himself as enthused by the prospect of playing in front of big crowds. (more…)

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ALS, Charlie Methven and ‘a small cabal of so-called supporters’

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Close season means silliness, says Monsieur Salut. Our club is ‘linked’ with players no one at SAFC has actually ever wanted. We pursue targets none of the speculation even mentioned. Fans whinge that June passes without marquee signings. They whinge again when the first acquisitions are frees. But at least none of us would be […]

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Salut! Sunderland welcomes Lee Burge, competition for Jon McLaughlin

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Fans, understandably, look at new signings and, if a player is coming on a free transfer, feel underwhelmed and wonder whether progress is actually being made. Long experience has taught Monsieur Salut to avoid rash judgements just because July starts without any major new additions. On that wretched but sometimes useful thing that is social […]

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Lee Cattermole out, another McLaughlin in as Sunderland preparations move up a gear

Steady and sensible. A starter v Scunthorpe?

A commonsense end to a long-serving player’s Sunderland career or a shock announcement few saw coming: two ways of seeing today’s news that Lee Cattermole has left with immediate effect. Cattermole’s departure makes sense because a League One club really should not be paying an injury-prone midfielder a reported £40,000 a week. In any case, […]

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Rotherham: where better to celebrate Sunderland’s promotion?

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This time last year, we were wondering whether a May weekend in Southend would be our promotion party. We know what happened to that fond dream. How do you all fancy Rotherham as the ideal place to celebrate a return to the Championship? It’s just a provisional list, liable to change for international demands, congestion […]

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Lasses cannot play football. Will the Women’s World Cup finally bury this falsehood?

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Who, like me, looked on in admiration at Janine Beckie’s corners for Canada against New Zealand and thought, “let’s hope George Honeyman is watching ,too”, asks Monsieur Salut? The Women’s World Cup, or at least what I have seen of it on French TV, has provided great sporting entertainment: excellent technique, movement and commitment without […]

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View from the West Stand: Willis and Maguire leave Portsmouth pointless

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..In a week in which a young bride excitedly looking forward to her honeymoon, wakes to find she […]

Sixer’s sevens: Portsmouth make it heavy at the Stadium of Light

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John McCormick writes: Let’s not quibble. We were not good. However, we had enough character to come back from a […]

Did beating Sunderland at Wembley compensate for not going up? Portsmouth views invited

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Sunderland vs Portsmouth: familiar friends, or not quite? Guess the Score

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A technical fault means our headlines are not currently being picked up by NewsNow. This will seriously affect readership levels […]

Sixer’s Accrington Stanley Soapbox: You’ve got to eliminate the negative

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Malcolm Dawson writes……like a lot of us Pete Sixsmith was underwhelmed by our performance against Oxford and after the Ipswich […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Burnley beckons after comfortable win at Accrington Stanley

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Malcolm Dawson writes….circumstances meant I couldn’t get to Accrington this evening, which is a shame because despite the rain and […]

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