Archive | November, 2008

Soapbox: Where do we go from here?

Unlike three-quarters of the crowd, Pete Sixsmith manages to stay to the end of the match with Bolton Wanderers, even if he spends a large part of the game with his eyes shut. As gloom envelops Wearside, he reflects on what is going wrong and what the future may hold for Sunderland…. I had plenty […]

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Who are you again? We’re Bolton Wanderers

Today Bolton Wanderers supporter Chris Mann previews Saturday’s match. Chris runs the website Burnden Aces. Like many of us, Chris has to pick and choose his away matches these days, though I find it hard to believe Sunderland wasn’t top of his list. Maybe next season Chris? (And for more from the Wanderers’ point of […]

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Who are you? We’re Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers supporters prove they are a generous lot, providing us with not one but two excellent match previews. Here’s the first, with another to follow tomorrow. Think Fleet Street photographers and you probably conjure mental images of oily scruffs crawling through the undergrowth towards some troubled star’s secluded country pad. Ian Jones makes you […]

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Soapbox: A good weekend spoilt

A day in the posh Brummie suburb of Solihull, an evening with Leonard Cohen and a brush with militant Cliff Richard fans prepare Pete Sixsmith for another worrying home defeat at the hands of cheerful cockney sparrer Emile (sorry, Gianfranco) Zola. I have a confession to make; it was the ever reliable and thoughtful Joan […]

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Soapbox: A Week in Sunderland

After last week’s shenanigans it’s been a calm few days, giving Pete Sixsmith time to reflect on previous encounters between Sunderland and West Ham and to look forward to Sunday’s match. Can our recent run of form of one consecutive win continue? Read on… A much quieter week for Sunderland fans after last week’s rumours, […]

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Salut! Sunderland snaps at Murdoch’s heels

Russia, someone told me not long ago, offically decrees that a blogger becomes a media organisation if he or she registers 1,000 “hits” a day. If that is true, Salut! Sunderland is now a media organisation, maybe not quite ready to send shock waves through Murdoch Towers – though we’re rapidly closing on them – […]

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Who are you? We’re the Hammers (via Houghton-le-Spring)

What can we say about Gordon Watts*? Here is a man who ought to be Sunderland through and through. Dad was a lifelong fan, he was born in Houghton-le-Spring himself. Yet he’s a Hammer. Sounds a bit like one, is one, loves the Knees up Mother Brown site that produced a cracking piece from another […]

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My team

The paper I work for in the Gulf, The National, launches its Saturday edition today (Nov 15), making it a seven-day-a-week publication. The sports section has a new feature – My Team – and has shown a healthy sense of priorities, running my piece on Sunderland as the first in the series. Here it is….but […]

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Soapbox: Crisis? What Crisis?

After a day of international rumour and intrigue, Pete Sixsmith travels to Lancashire, where he sacrifices his favourite lunch, and is rewarded with a convincing win at Blackburn. And what a shame the hundreds of extra readers lured here by Pete’s match verdict in The Observer were a shade too early for this outstanding account […]

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What inspired the “Roy Keane has walked” stories?

Out in the desert, I can safely declare that I haven’t the foggiest idea of whether there was a grain of truth in the speculation that Roy Keane had walked out. In fact, it is quite a relief to have missed all the original rumours/reports and seen only the stories saying it is nonsense. The […]

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Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Soapbox: not enough to pass the test but A for effort

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..there were plenty of positives to take from last night’s game, both on and off the field. Off […]

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

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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

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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, […]