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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Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Seven: out but not disgraced

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Pete Sixsmith was not to be found in the matchday (matchnight?) programme for the League Cup game against the Owls. […]

Sunderland vs Scunthorpe United prize Guess the Score: more goals for Maja?

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

The congestion of this week and next – with games tonight, Sunday and next Wednesday – means there’ll be an […]

Scunthorpe United Who are You? Magical Beagrie, woeful refs, Sunderland revival prospects

Jake: 'you need a long memory'

Monsieur Salut writes: this edition of Who are You? appears out of sequence, with a league cup game to be […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (in the League Cup): Sheffield Wednesday

Promotion at first attempt!

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote about Sheffield Wednesday last season, as you no doubt remember. Today he makes a brief […]

Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]

Sheffield Wednesday Who are You?: ‘League One might be good for you. We should know’

Jake: 'back on the Wembley trail?'

Monsieur Salut writes: at around this time last season, Dave Briggs* gave us some great responses as a Sheffield Wednesday […]