Salut!’s Week: Newcastle build-up, SAFC’s international parade and Jake’s genius

Jake (hoping for no red kryptonite tomorrow)

On Facebook yesterday, I wrote: “Forget the hysteria of Leveson and the Scotland Yard ‘burglars/muggers/killers’ delight’ investigation of reporters having pints or lunch with coppers. The Tyne-Wear derby, Newcastle v Sunderland, is on Sunday at noon. Elegant, witty, informative and impeccably fair tribalism is to be found at

Take away my whinge (I have never hacked a phone, bribed a cop or blagged someone’s bank statement, and deplore such practices, but am weary of the current overkill in a society that cannot always bring dangerous villains to justice). And then you’re left with one way of summing up Salut! Sunderland‘s week, once we’d got over the 4-0 hammering at WBA.

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To recap: this is some of the ground we’ve covered …

Thanks Jake
* The Corinthian spirit: “1: Sunderland 2: Newcastle United 3: Middlesbrough – could we live with that?” and “Sunderland fan commemorates Newcastle player who caught his eye”

* The need for long memories: (“When Niall, Shearer and Sorensen broke Newcastle hearts”

* Another cracking “Who are You?” read: “You beat us 9-1 but we only had nine men!”

* And just a hint
of mischief from Pete Sixsmith: his two-part series on the ground formerly known as St James’ Park: “Newcastle’s Sports Direct Arena: 10 things to like, 10 to loathe. Part one” and Part Two.

James McClean by Jake

The best of the rest was the busy night of international for several of our players. Fraizer Campbell and James McClean both made their debuts, for England and the Republic of Ireland respectively, after 79 minutes on their benches, Campbell learning later that this was also the moment young Isla Rose, his first baby, was born.

Read about the exploits of our honoured lads here: Fraizer, England and fatherhood; Larsson, Sweden and goals; McClean, Ireland and romance

Jake captures the capped dad

And beyond that, another word of thanks to Jake, our priceless – he’ll get that one – wizard with graphics. As “Eric” summed it up in a comment about something else: “As a footnote, love Jake’s contributions to the articles, the man is a genius.”

Ha’way the Lads, and specifically not Howay the Lads, in the game rightly described by Chris Makin as tomorrow’s “great fixture”.

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