Archive | 2009

Who are you? We’re Barrow. Who?! You heard, Barrow

Once he’d left football, Vic Halom, a hero of 1973 and therefore a justifiably revered figure at Sunderland, was involved in a company called, if I recall correctly, something like Disaster Solutions or Disaster Management. It was one of those record-breaking bad Premier seasons of ours when I met him before an obligatory pounding at […]

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The uphill struggle of supporting Sunderland

Eugene, from ESPN, came knocking again at Salut! Sunderland‘s door.What he got in response was the Pete and Dud show. I’m the dud, Pete’s Pete Sixsmith. Here are our answers to his questions – both of us giving our responses without knowing the other had been asked, too … Up to this point in the […]

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Soapbox at Ewood Park: a turn for the better

Having led Blackburn 1-0 and 2-1, the loss of two more points could be seen as another example of the sloppy, wasteful ways into which Sunderland have fallen. Sloppy yes, but Pete Sixsmith recognises the draw as a fair result and finds scope to take heart for the new year – and to salute a […]

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Soapbox at Hibs v Rangers: a tale of two Millers

Ewood Park, for Blackburn v Sunderland on a bitterly cold Monday, requires dedication. Pete Sixsmith has it in abundance and will be there. He even warmed up for the challenge, if that is the right description, by subjecting himself to a blast of wintry Scottish weather, catching a Hibs v Rangers game that enabled him […]

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Observed: Sunderland 1 Everton 1

The Observer should be paying Pete Sixsmith a salary. As well as writing the half-term report, he summed up yesterday’s match for them. Here, plus the same exercise involving an Everton fan, is his fan’s view of the match … THE FANS’ PLAYER RATINGS AND VERDICT Pete Sixsmith, salutsunderland.com Once again we failed to close […]

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Who are you? We’re Blackburn Rovers

The Rovers Returned in the nick of time. We were beginning to fear Dan Clough* – great surname and he runs the Rovers Return site – was not going to get back to us with the answers to the customary Salut! Sunderland questions. It being Christmas, he’d completely forgotten. But here they are, including his […]

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Sunderland: the half-term report

The Observer has been milking us dry again. Today’s edition has a half-term report from a fan of each Premier side. Here is Pete Sxsmith’s verdict (and click here for his thoughts on the draw against Everton): Sunderland, 10th, Pete Sixsmith, SalutSunderland.com August, September, October – really encouraging, good football, good results and a misty […]

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Soapbox: how to be the perfect host

If I wasn’t impressed listening to Sunderland v Everton on TalkSport, imagine what it as like as viewed from my row in the East Stand. Pete Sixsmith was there … Ah, Christmas. The time of year when friends come together, to eat drink and be merry, to enjoy wonderful hospitality – and to end up […]

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Another early Darren Bent goal, another feeble surrender

How can Sunderland 1 Everton1 be other than a disappointment? Here are some early thoughts on two more points squandered at home… Stan Collymore, sharing the TalkSport commentary, thought it a cracking game. He also warmly praised the referee Martin Atkinson for a mature, relatively whistle-free performance that allowed play to flow. So what! (more…)

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A good day to sign up for Sunderland

Are the fans of Leeds, Norwich City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bristol City, West Ham, Spurs, Nottingham Forest and Southampton really more passionate than Sunderland’s? Most of us would put ourselves ahead of at least six of the nine clubs currently placed above Sunderland in the Sky Sports 92 Fans’ League. Some would put us at the […]

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Bristol Rovers Who are You?: ‘only one team in Bristol, isn’t there?’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Doug Shields* is a friend of a friend, my Leeds-supporting, Bristol-based former colleague Richard Savill. He came […]

Salut! Sunderland’s advent calendar day 13 – how unlucky can you get?

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In the run up to Christmas Day, behind each door of the Salut! Sunderland advent calendar is an article written […]

Sixer’s Sub’s Walsall Soapbox: Saddlers unseat Sunderland in FA Cup exit

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Malcolm Dawson writes……. Pete Sixsmith is usually very busy at this time of year, and although he was at the […]

SAFC vs Bristol Rovers prize Guess the Score: no more slips, please

Jake: 'wipe away the Walsall blues'

To listen to my Bristol Rovers-supporting or Bristol-dwelling friends and acquaintances, Sunderland vs Rovers is the mother of all home […]

Sixer’s Walsall Sevens: Third time unlucky? Maybe not.

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Pete Sixsmith may be busy on the Saturdays before Christmas but on the weekdays he leaves the work to his […]

Rate the ref: Walsall at home, FA cup replay

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Our first home game since the series started. We don’t expect many ratings for away games but we should get […]

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