Archive | December, 2008

Who are you? We’re Bolton Wanderers

Ah for the romance of the FA Cup. The great leveller that gives a whiff of glory, however fleeting, to the lads from below, and sometimes deep below, the Premier League. Didn’t we all turn our thoughts in May back to the day – whether or not we were there, or even alive – our […]

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Soapbox: not the best of starts

With Ricky Sbragia taking his first game as manager of Sunderland, Pete Sixsmith remembers what it’s like to be the new man in charge, and reflects on the best match he ever saw. Unfortunately, it’s not Everton v. Sunderland. When I started my first job in teaching in the dim and distant past, what you […]

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Football writer of the year?

Forget Louise Taylor, Paul Wilson, the lads with the difficult balance to achieve at the Sunderland Echo, and the rest. Good as many of them are, the class act is arguably Pete Sixsmith of Salut! Sunderland. A bold claim? Of course, and Pete wouldn’t make it for himself. But if you want humour, knowledge, an […]

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Who are you? we’re Everton

Like the sentimental brute who batters his girlfriend black and blue, then slobbers over her with protestations of love? A bit unfair…but Greg O’Keeffe*, who has an Everton website called Gwlad Tidings, was there to watch his boys maul Sunderland last season. And he enjoyed it. But he also has a real soft spot for […]

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Soapbox: could’ve been better, could’ve been worse…….

As SAFC confirm an 18 month contract for Ricky Sbragia, there’s little rest for Pete Sixsmith who, dismayed by the lack of Christmas Day matches, compensates by taking in two on Boxing Day. The worst thing about Christmas is that there is rarely any football to be found on Christmas Eve and absolutely none on […]

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Happy Christmas in red and white from Salut! Sunderland

From Colin Randall….. from Pete Sixsmith……. and from all at the Stadium of light…. thanks for all your support…. and let’s reward ourselves with three points on Boxing Day, and three more at Goodison…

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Who are you? We’re Blackburn again

Boxing Day looms. McCallister’s taken another dive (remember that one against us that fooled Graham Barber?), Big Sam’s got Blackburn off to a winning start of his managership and we’re chuffed after scoring four in successive games. But let’s hear it for Reidy You’re a Star! That’s how he signs on at the Blackburn Rovers […]

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Soapbox: Paradise Regained

Pete Sixsmith comes over all poetic as he witnesses an important and impressive win over the Tigers I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the city of Kingston-upon-Hull could be described as paradise, but it was certainly not hell for the happy band of Red and Whites who trundled home along the M62/A1 […]

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Soapbox: From Hull, Hell and Halifax

Following on from Gary Clark’s excellent piece about supporting Hull City – to read it click here Pete Sixsmith remembers some of the sights and smells of previous matches between the Tigers and the Black Cats It’s the title of an old Yorkshire folk song that links Hull with Hell, and in it the city […]

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Who are you? We’re Hull

Who’d have thought it? Gary Clark*, found by Salut! Sunderland at the Hull fans’ site City Independent, certainly didn’t and he’s so Hull daft he’s written a book about them and sold his business to be able to follow them throughout their Premier League campaign. But there they are, the Tigers prowling at the top […]

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Scunthorpe vs SAFC prize Guess the Score: make Rod Liddle eat his words


Monsieur Salut introduces the latest prize Guess the Score competition. Don’t worry if your entry is ‘held for moderation’ – […]

French Fancies: ‘star chroniclers’ Henry Winter, Sam Wallace and tenuous Sunderland links

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France’s leading Sunday newspaper hails four stars of Premier League football writing[/caption] How can I make this sound like it […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland 1 Luton 1. Mazdas but no Maja

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Malcom Dawson wrote this introduction wthout seeing Pete Sixsmith’s match report: Lee Probert’s performance will undoubtedly dominate the headlines and […]

Rate the ref: Sunderland v Luton Town

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A home game with  a big crowd and one or two controversial decisions should result in more than the 39 […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland rue lack of killer finish as Luton are gifted a penalty


SAFC made a return to the Stadium of Light, Pete Sixsmith made a return to the Stadum of Light and […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Luton Town

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John McCormick writes, I’m  not sure whether or not I ever saw Luton during the sixties. Pete Sixsmith didn’t, so […]

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