Archive | August, 2008

Who are you? We’re Man City

You’ve got a lot of nerve……… of the best opening lines from Bob Dylan, who never played for Sunderland so far as is known but did make himself the absolute hero of one son of Sunderland who became a great success story of his own. The line is taken from his favourite Dylan song. If […]

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Out of the Forest, on to the City

Whatever the result of tonight’s Carling Cup game at the City Ground, Sunderland fans – and the army of Nottingham Forest supporters who have been lurking here since Mark Collar’s first-class Who Are They? feature appeared – may want to come back tomorrow for a real treat. Mark finds himself in good company. Our game […]

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Soapbox: properly spurred

Pete Sixsmith breaks a vow not to set foot in post-Ken, Boris-led London. And is rewarded for his about-turn by a performance that brought not only promise, but also the points….. A few months ago, I made the rash statement that I would refuse to visit London if they elected Boris The Cad as Mayor. […]

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Who are you? We’re Forest

Monty and Keano. Joe Baker. Slim Jim Baxter in his less Slim days. Not forgetting Darren Ward, Andy Cole and, of course, the mighty Clough. The links between Nottingham Forest, our Carling Cup opponents on Wednesday, and Sunderland are strong indeed (though not, thank heavens, so strong that we ever employed Lee Bowyer, as one […]

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Sunderland in London: a play in four acts

ACT ONE ………… Capital jitters London games do bring occasional pleasure but it has been so occasional in my many years as a supporter that I have learnt to expect the worst each time we play in the capital. For each of those moments of ecstasy – 4-2 at Chelsea, 3-2 (League Cup) at Arsenal […]

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Who are you? We’re Spurs

Spurs at home gave us the perfect start to last season, with Chopra’s rattling winner deep into stoppage time. We’ll have to play at least as well as on that day, and miles better than in last season’s return game (well beaten 2-0), to come away with anything from White Hart Lane on Saturday. Steve […]

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Soapbox: good news, bad news.

.…in which Pete Sixsmith welcome attempts to turn the Stadium of Light dressing room into a new League of Nations…. The news from the Stadium just gets better. I nearly drove the car into a lorry when I heard that we had signed Djibril Cissé, albeit on a year’s loan. He is another player who […]

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No C(s)issy, our Cissé

The Beeb is reporting that Marseille have negotiated an “agreement in principle” for Djibril Cissé to join Sunderland on a season-long loan. Cissé had two seasons at Liverpool, marred by breaks to both legs, one of them in a dreadful incident that most people would struggle to forget if they saw it on television. he […]

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Soapbox: a harsh lesson learned

To find out the connection between SAFC and Joseph Stalin, read on, as Pete Sixsmith delivers his first match report of the season proper. There’s a poignant bit in Blackadder IV, when the ace pen pusher Captain Darling is sent to the front by crazy General Melchett. As befits a mild-mannered man who wanted to […]

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Dim view from Dubai as Torres brings Sunderland down to earth

Pete Sixsmith says it was cruel. Fatima, the Emirati work experience student I turned into a sort-of Sunderland fan (read all about it here, or in the new A Love Supreme), sent a text from Thailand saying she’d longed for an equaliser, adding: “Considering the slaughtering predicted by my Liverpool-till-death companions, Sunderland played well.” Even […]

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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

Jake's back - and so are  Charlton

Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

Margaret Byrne

Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]