Archive | 2007

Soapbox: the good, the bad and the (very) ugly

Another interesting facet of Christmas is looking through the TV film listings to see which ones apply to SAFC. Of course, The Great Escape made its customary appearance and here’s hoping we can celebrate our very own in May. With regard to Anthony Stokes (rumoured to be interesting Derby and Wolves) I looked for John […]

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SAFC, a geography test and a new Mackem lass

Do not get too excited, but if Michael Carrick can choose the 2007 festive period to end a losing sequence of games at the Stadium of Light, perhaps we can break a duck of our own. In matches this season against teams I place in the North-west Midlands – OK, plus the North West (Blackburn) […]

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A blue Christmas

Salut! Sunderland‘s lines of communication were about as effective yesterday as a back four reading Whitehead-McShane-Higginbotham-Collins, about as a sharp as a Sunderland front two. Where, we were reduced to wondering until the real Sixer’s Seven could finally be posted, do we go from this mauling? Pete Sixsmith answers the bleak Christmas question Over my […]

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Another bad day at the office

At least we’ve an easy one next Picture:IkaShaZReeN Pete Sixsmith sees no reason to offer Christmas cheer to Steve Rubery, the linesman whose seasonal gift to Reading was a winning goal. But he doesn’t blame crazy decisions by match officals for our deeper woes. So this time it’s a linesman who deals us a killer […]

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Salut! Sunderland and Alan Shearer: an apology

In common with many Sunderland supporters, this website may occasionally have given the impression of regarding Alan Shearer as a smug, humourless Mag incapable of passing fair judgement on any issue concerning SAFC. Salut! Sunderland has quite possibly been slow in the past to deplore childish terrace chants casting assorted slurs on his character. It […]

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Reading, Reidy and revivals

It was half time at Elm Park, in the deeply miserable Sunderland end of the tatty old Reading ground, when Barry Emmerson turned to me. “Flaming two nil down to this lot,” he said, though flaming was not the adjective he chose. “What do you want to happen next? We come back in the second […]

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Referee from hell? Yes, but SAFC woes go deeper

Steve Bennett, it is fair to assume, is not a name to be found on Roy Keane’s late Christmas card list. But, says Pete Sixsmith, do not run away with the idea that we actually deserved to win Can anyone else pass? Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan The referee, in the end, cost us two points. But […]

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Can one of those dodgy decisions please go our way?

Danny Collins: the nearly man Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan A scoreline of Sunderland 3 Aston Villa 1 would have been flattering in the extreme. For a start, we don’t actually score three goals in the same game. And today we played for only the first 15 and last 10 minutes. Both of the disallowed goals, Stokes’s […]

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Ball boys turn on the style at SoL

It’s dipped to the lower 30s in the Emirates but some of us still find the heat ferocious. Pete Sixsmith, made of sterner stuff, braved a cold night on Wearside to watch the young ‘uns If it’s Tuesday, there’s got to be football on somewhere. All the better if it’s watching potential stars making a […]

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Pizarro and pies

Picture: acheng709394 What, asks the Chelsea fans’ blog Chelsea Pies, is Claudio Pizarro for? Why didn’t they ask Liam Miller the same question? If Pizarro has a point, it is presumably the one on his knee that he poked sneakily into Miller after the latter had the gross impertinence to tackle John Terry. And if […]

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From MK Dons to Rochdale via Oxford, Peterborough and Portsmouth: it’s a short financial ramble

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It was on 18th June that I put up the first in this series, covering the League One clubs beginning […]

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 […]

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

Beth Mead, the Kevin Phillips of Sunderland women's football*

Who, like me, looked on in admiration at Janine Beckie’s corners for Canada against New Zealand and thought, “let’s hope […]

An evening with Nyron and helping hands for a Sunderland school and the fans’ museum

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Roy Keane famously said the less time Nyron Nosworthy spent on the ball, the better for all concerned. He was […]

Rambling through Accrington, Coventry and Ipswich to Lincoln. How do Sunderland’s rivals shape up financially?

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League One comprises 24 clubs. Three of them, Bury, Bolton and Blackpool, are entering, exiting or plodging in the clarts […]

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