Archive | November, 2007

The Not So Magnificent Seven

Pete Sixsmith goes on the road in search of goals. Unfortunately he finds them in the wrong end. Colin is wrong. I could think of seven words to describe this shambles but none of them would get past the service provider. The best way to approach this is to look at the positives of the […]

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Gloom on the Ganges

Always look on the bright side of life? Where is the bright side to being hammered 7-1 at Goodison? Salut! Sunderland was drifting on the peaceful waters of the Ganges until just before the goals started going in. The texts from home weren’t exactly what I’d hoped for when I came ashore. Pete Sixsmith will […]

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SAFC, celeb supporters and Wikipedia

40,000+ celebs Picture: Texastoast How dependable is Wikipedia? One answer specific to the nature of the site is that it can only be as reliable as the quality of the information internet users supply. I turn to it occasionally and am not ashamed, as a professional journalist, to acknowledge that it is often a useful […]

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Salut! Sunderland supersubs

The great thing about Salut! Sunderland is that I can head off on holiday in the knowledge that my friends Pete Sixsmith and Joan Dawson will leap from the bench – sorry, lumber from it in Pete’s case – to ensure business more or less as usual. No football this weekend, of course, save for […]

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Jammy Mags

Wanted: performances like this Picture: db1874 How many of us uttered the words of the headline at the weekend. And how many blamed Craig Gordon? Pete Sixsmith springs to his defence Let’s deal with the Milner equaliser first. One of the students at the school where I teach at summed it up perfectly. “We could […]

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The Mags, Tommy Sorensen and Big Jim

Courage or folly? Picture: dgolfrabbit The story ends at St James’ Park, at the second of those 2-1 wins. Or rather afterwards in Fenwick’s. But it begins on a Club Med holiday in Corfu, where Big Jim and I first met when. Standing in a queue for something or other, we discovered that we shared […]

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Supporting SAFC: the ultimate hard luck story?

Early Irish support for the Lads? Picture: Free Stater Malignant fate. That, I seem to recall, is how one Sunderland supporter explained his lifelong support. What he meant was that he had no choice in the small matter of where he was born. Not all Sunderland fans were born on Wearside. County Durham, the Tyne […]

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Man to man marking after another wasted opportunity (2)

Last night seemed a watershed of sorts, and it was difficult to pass it and remain in upbeat mood. Pete Sixsmith adds his own thoughts to Andy Nichol’s excellent analysis Thank you, Setanta. At the end of this feast of football, I breathed a sigh of relief. Not at the result, because that left me […]

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Man to man marking after another wasted opportunity (1)

Daryl Murphy: “annoying” All pictures: Peadar O’Sullivan The Blackcats forum achieves a consistently high standard of debate on the ups and – more commonly – downs of supporting Sunderland. After yet another disappointing failure to turn possession and long periods of ascendancy into results, ANDY NICHOL* offered this candid man-to-man assessment…….the marks out of 10 […]

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Mag owner’s commonsense breakdown

A Mike Ashley model? Picture: dgolfrabbit Doesn’t the dress code in football directors’ boxes err on the side of restraint? Pete Sixmsith offers evenly balanced thoughts on a threatened breach of etiquette at this weekend’s Wear-Tyne derby On the grapevine, I heard that Niall Quinn had written to the Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley asking […]

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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 […]