Archive | October, 2007

Once a Twatt……….

Ruthless self-assessment or not, Martin Emmerson, a BBC presenter and sports commentator as well as Sunderland fan, invites Salut! Sunderland to widen the audience for this damning photograph. It was taken during a visit to Orkney, where he drew on all his reserves of professionalism to commentate on a local football match on the very […]

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Shades of two years ago

After Saturday’s dismal display against Fulham, opinion among the fans is divided, but only on the question of how dire a situation we have landed ourselves in. Pete Sixsmith is in the glum camp As I sat in the East Stand watching the late afternoon sun sink over Southwick I thought I saw four ghostly […]

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Do not despair (?)

Sunderland mosaic Picture: Jon Hall* What was it I said? A draw would not be enough? And that’s all we got. Does the fact that we did it with 10 men, with defeat staring us in the face, make it reasonable to reach a softer conclusion? No, sadly, it does not. Overlook the spirited finish, […]

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Everyone needs presents: gizza win Lads

The joy of giving. That seems as good a theme as any at a time when supporters of Sunderland AFC, deprived of much of substance to cheer about in recent weeks, are in dire need of presents from the team. Click on the picture and you’ll see what the poor woman in my faded old […]

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Whisper it, but Keano got it wrong

Kenwyne in the wrong R&W stripes Picture: Darren Sumner Salut! Sunderland is in turmoil. After all I said at the Blackcats forum about us being desperately unlucky at West Ham, Pete Sixsmith weighs in with a completely different view Disappointed…yes. Frustrated…definitely. Unlucky? Absolutely not. Looking like a Premiership side at times. But heading back to […]

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Do not despair

If this picture* – no prizes for guessing when it was taken – captured our only moment of joy at West Ham, there would be no reason NOT to despair. Losing 3-1 to a very average team at this stage of the season, with so few points chalked up, would normally inspire deep misgivings about […]

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Playing West Ham: we’ve been hammered, hampered….and ever so happy

Michael Chopra – overdue a goal Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan Maybe it’s just that I’ve seen us play them so often. But games against West Ham always bring a stream of memories to mind. One match at Upton Park that I didn’t see, I am relieved to say, was the one that finished West Ham 8 […]

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Abu Dhabi blues, and Abu Dhabi red & whites

You cannot spend all your free time in the glitzy shopping malls. There’s football to watch, too. But how often in my Abu Dhabi exile will I have to watch Luton v Northampton? It may just be my bad luck, but every time I surf the TV stations in my hotel, or pop into a […]

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Where Saturday went

World Cup glory, Durham style So what do you do on a blank Saturday? Pete Sixsmith reminisced about boyhood and “real Rugby”, then soaked up the spirit of the FA Cup. Another week off for international games and another week without the fix of an SAFC game. Some of us (me and Colin) are old […]

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One goes west, another goes east, the Lasses go mad

Ha’way the Lasses Picture: BCLFC photographer Jaskirt Dhaliwal …..while proper football – except for the great SAFC v Mags scoreline you’ll see if you read on – takes a break. No, I know it isn’t really a football-free weekend. And yes, I do want England to win (both games). I just don’t want it anything […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]