Archive | December, 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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View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home […]

Sixer’s Burton Soapbox: a bitter defeat at the home of The Brewers

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I spent the weekend catching up some of my old muckers from the East Midlands, two of whom […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland ailing at Burton Albion

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Pete Sixsmith was looking forward to the weekend, not just because of the prospect of a decent game but also […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes: I wondered how Pete Sixsmith would approach this one, given that it’s less than a year since […]

The Burton Albion Who are You?: ‘don’t expect a doddle, Sunderland’

Jake back in action, willing the Lads on from Spain

Monsieur Salut writes: Dave Child*, an expert on football stadium pies as well as doing his bit for local radio, […]

One Papy too many: adieu Monsieur Djilobodji

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Charlatan or downtrodden victim: what, asks Monsieur Salut, are we to make of Papy Djilobodji, effectively sacked today by SAFC? […]