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Tomorrow Everton. Today, probably the best article you’ll ever read about Sunderland

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Salut! Sunderland settled back for another quietly inactive Saturday, the lull before tomorrow’s Goodison storm. So why, suddenly, were people coming to the site? We have ‘HarrogateMackem’ to thank, for drawing renewed attention at Ready To Go’s Pure Football forum. SAFC fans who are otherwise rarely seen here flocked to the link and have posted […]

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George Pitcher: the Geordie a Tunisian waiter learned to call ‘Sunderland’

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Last December, we reported the death of an electronic friend, a fellow-Sunderland supporter known from the Blackcats e-mail forum for both his allegiance to our club and his sharp wit. George Pitcher‘s widow, Kathy, now feels able to share a little more about the life of the Newcastle-born, Sunderland-mad man she loved – the ‘red […]

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Before Sunderland there was Shildon. Tonight, at Bedlington Terriers, there’s Shildon again

With thanks to @mtscally

Rather fancifully, I had hoped to interest my old newspaper, The Northern Echo, in this slice of nostalgia brought bang up to date by Shildon’s night of potential glory. A win at Bedlington Terriers tomorrow evening (Wednesday) is all that stands between them and a first championship since 1940 in the Northern League, 126 years […]

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Salut! Sunderland Nostalgia: stuck in the mud after Millwall end cup dream

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Image: Peter Burgess Monsieur Salut is back in the UK, will be at Southampton on Saturday and awaits a winning goal from John O’Shea, who crowned his magnificent career in international football with a last-gap equaliser for Ireland as he claimed his 100th cap against Germany. Whatever happens at St Mary’s, Salut! Sunderland salutes John’s […]

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SAFC-supporting Corrie baddie booed by 47,000 Mackems (and 370 Ipswich fans)

Jake: get stuck in for a brighter start, Lads

If you came here for hard-hitting analysis, fanciful transfer speculation or earth-shattering news, you may have been led astray. There’s no football as we know it for another nine days or so and there hasn’t been a word from Salut! Sunderland’s huge army of pundits, essayists and wits. So we’re plundering the past (and, if […]

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Never mind Hurley and Clough, Monty and SuperKev: acclaim Darren Handclap

Jake: 'let the nostalgia roll'

This nostalgia drug is addictive. Take away football for a fortnight, replace it with international yawns and the mind starts wandering back through the years. Joe Simpson, Sunderland fan and actor (Coronation Street, the Syndicate, Emmerdale, OverBlood, Blood Warriors and much more), was born John. When the time came to join Equity, they already had […]

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Eric Roy: fond memories, not just of the assist that flattened Chelsea

Eric Roy: please let his prediction for tonight come true

There’s no meaningful football to write about so let’s stick to nostalgia. Years after those glorious days of Johnny Crossan, there was the team of Peter Reid that stormed to a record-breaking promotion, goals and points, and then finished seventh two years running. Whatever later went wrong, Reid got something right for several seasons and […]

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The Johnny Crossan story revisited: (3) what Brian Clough told him

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Only tiny glimpses of Johnny Crossan, from after his SAFC days, in this clip of a 4-1 home defeat of Man City by Chelsea. In one of them he acts as peacemaker after Mike Summerbee appears to stamp on Eddie McCreadie. But it has been a privilege to run the interview with him, not least […]

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The Johnny Crossan story revisited: (2) a rebel in Sunderland’s cause

Jake: not all the Lads we wanted, but we'll see ...

From the Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums Spot and click to magnify Roker Park. And then read on for the next part of a SAFC story from just a few years before that photograph was taken (1970). The reproduction, with barely any updating, of the first part of Salut! Sunderland‘s 2011 interview with a […]

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The Johnny Crossan story revisited: (1) Sunderland, not Manchester City, in his heart

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For Sunderland supporters of a certain age, and others with a finely developed sense of the club’s history, Johnny Crossan is something of a legend. Crossan played 82 times for us between 1962 and 1965, scoring 39 times but – as memory plays its customary tricks – it sometimes seems as if the record was […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Bolton Wanderers and grand larceny of the highest order

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Malcolm Dawson writes: However you look at it, this was a poor day in Lancashire. Gary Bennett was not happy. […]

Benefactors or men with a motive as a takeover looms?

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….I am due to fly to Venice soon but my flights are booked with Ryanair, whose pilots have […]

Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland. Wanted: another winning trip across the Pennines

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Just for fun, we have taken to saying about our regular slot inviting readers to predict Sunderland scorelines, says Monsieur […]

Should’ve, Could’ve, Might’ve: Sunderland v Rotherham from sublime to ridiculous

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..others I know will not share my opinions, but as I’ve got older I believe I have developed […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rotherham earn a point as Sunderland miss a penalty.

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It was almost half-time when I realised Pete Sixsmith had not checked in from the Stadium of Light. That’s almost […]

Sunderland – Middlesbrough U21: Sixer’s Smoggy Snapshot

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Here’s a quick warm up for tonight’s main event. Another game against another Yorkshire club. Not as important, perhaps, but […]

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