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Sixer Says: a warm welcome to Adam Matthews, stepping up from Celtic

Rest assured, stray Celtic fans, the headline is meant tongue in cheek. In fact, you can come here and tell us what sort of player Adam Matthews really is. There is no doubt that Big Dick is more comfortable working alongside a Director of Football than his immediate predecessors and we can be sure that [...]

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Relegation watch: still looking at Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich, with Leicester hanging on

What a website! On 15th June, in response to my “who went down, who’s going down?”  Dave left a comment which included: “… I think Pearson will, at some point, have a big row with a player or a fan, and the team’s spirit that kept them up will dissipate…” Two weeks later Leicester City’s [...]

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Summer Madness: (1) on Man Utd being urged ‘forget our Man City Poznan’

Stephen Goldsmith, fondly remembered from this parish, unwittingly kicks off a series of Summer Madness retrospectives, good reads that deserve another airing. The choice of Goldy’s article from 2012 was prompted by a tweet from a MUFC fan explaining his jibe about Sunderland being relegated next May. It reflected his lingering anger at the Poznan [...]

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Lee Cattermole and Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates: two cracking signatures for Advocaat

For Metro, it was the signing of the summer, or at least Dick Advocaat’s summer. Then you look to see which foreign star has been lured to the Stadium of Light and realise they meant the new six-year contract for Lee Cattermole. To be fair, the Metro piece was one of its club-by-club blog postings [...]

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Thomas Sorensen, of Sunderland, Stoke, Villa and Denmark: a well-earned Sixsmith tribute

Just as the players (Coates included) were due to report back Pete Sixsmith’s extended season came to an end. But, unlike those on international duty, he doesn’t get extra time off. No sooner has he put his pen down from his other job than he has to pick it up for M Salut and take [...]

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Transfer news: there isn’t much, but should we really worry?

Others clubs are doing business and when that happens, and your own is – publicly – doing none, it is natural to wonder what is going on. I have argued repeatedly over the years since Roy Keane led Sunderland back to the Premier that the best thing to do with most transfer speculation is to [...]

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Relegation: it’s still Bournemouth and Watford. Can Leicester and Norwich relax?

Average points per game from game 11

Strange, isn’t it? I spend Monday evening idly browsing the MLS (aka Major League Soccer) website trying to work out [...]

‘Dennis’ says ‘Why oh Why?’ Things to ponder in the summer break

Malcolm Dawson writes….it’s the silly season and all quiet on the transfer front. The Copa America and the Under 21 [...]

Danny Graham on the brightest, thickest, fastest, slowest, funniest and worst-dressed

    More midsummer madness. Safc.com has had some fun with quickfire Q+As, posting the resulting clips at YouTube. Here [...]

Chelsea out West: from R&W stripes to Las Vegas blues for Poyet

David Millward – universally known as Sid, after his band-leading uncle (Salut! Sunderland’s own Pete Sixsmith was very fond of [...]

The Lars Word: from Keano to Advocaat – and then Big Sam?

Lars Knutsen has had about as much ‘excitement’ as a Sunderland supporter can take. He wants the S word – [...]

Relegation 2016: Bournemouth and Watford, Norwich or Leicester. Not Villa or Newcastle (or SAFC)

Casual visitors to this site might might not be aware that at the start of last season I made a [...]