Archive | 2007

50p a minute? No thanks!!!

Picture: Free-ers Week after week, good news or bad, Pete Sixsmith faithfully texts scores, results and verdicts to Salut! Sunderland. Saturday was Chelsea avoidance day, and he got his updates from Abu Dhabi Saturday found me absent from Stamford Bridge, so my observations are for once based on Match of the Day and what I […]

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We don’t know what we’re doing, but nor did the ref

Sinner, but sinned against first Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan Leave aside the alarming gulf in class between Chelsea and Sunderland and the worst aspect of today’s events was obviously Liam Miller’s stupid piece of retaliation, which rightly got him sent off. That’s him gone for three games and patchy as his form has been, he is […]

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Glam nights out (1): Hetton

Guided by a refined sartorial sense, Pete Sixsmith has been writing his socks off on Salut! Sunderland in recent weeks. But would a trip to Hetton to see the reserves in action punch a hole in those socks? Decision is yours….. In between visiting my tailor and popping in and out of work, I have […]

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Supporting SAFC from afar; a home from home

“Fully furnished, sir? Well not quite, but you’ll find you have the essentials.” “And I see you’ve brought your wardrobe and a good selection of reading matter.”

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Looking for a new England

If you have read anything I have ever written, here or elsewhere, on Club versus Country, you will know how little pain I have been feeling about England’s exit from the European Championships. The Everton debacle hurt a million times more, as did Reading away in 1997, the Gillingham and Charlton relegation and promotion playoffs […]

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Hailing Glass Spider’s finest

Last gasp hero Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan At least Anthony Stokes has a sense of humour, with wise cracks about celebrating his long overdue Premiership scoring debut with “a quiet night in”. More of the same – goals, not jokes – and Pete Sixsmith will forgive him all his Glass Spider excesses Fair play to you, […]

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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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Sixer’s Portsmouth Soapbox: dogged, determined and disciplined as the Lads get to Wembley

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Malcolm Dawson writes……I said after the Southend game that I actually thought finishing 5th wasn’t such a bad thing, as […]

Sunderland bound for Wembley with nothing to fear from Charlton

Jake and and Jack capture the moment

Who would have thought? Wembley not once but twice and in the same season. Monsieur Salut is old enough to […]

Sixer’s playoff Seven: Lads hold out for second trip to Wembley

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….at half time Pete Sixsmith’s text was less than complimentary about our opponents who he feels reflect the […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haway awards: Peterborough, Wycombe, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers in the running

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It has become a bit of a stuck old gramophone record, Salut! Sunderland‘s pride in a tremendous season of Who […]

Sunderland and Playoffs. Part 6: Problems with Crystal Palace

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John McCormick writes: I have a problem with this game. I was working in Sunderland later in the week and […]

Sunderland and Playoffs. Part 5: A great night at the Stadium of Light

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John McCormick writes: I’m trying to remember what I was doing 25 years ago. I think I was looking around […]

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