Archive | January, 2009

Who are you? We’re the Mags (2)

Paul McMillan would call it an abuse of executive power. To me, it was a routine exchange between newspaper pros. Dec 4 2008, as all Sunderland fans know and Newcastle fans pretend to have forgotten, was the eve of a momentous occasion: the 100th anniversary of our 9-1 win at St James’ Park in what […]

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Beating the Mags 2-1. A story to warm the cockles of your heart

Courage or folly? Picture: dgolfrabbit Let’s face it it. It doesn’t get much better as a Sunderland football fan. We’ve raced away with promotion championships, got to playoff deciders, played Norwich and Liverpool in Wembley cup finals, stormed into a 4-0 half-time lead against Chelsea…..but beating the Mags 2-1 in successive seasons at St James’ […]

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Who are you? We’re the Mags (1)

In that wonderful, heartwarming world of bonhomie and banter that is football, the Tyne-Wear derby (yes, I know that reverses the natural order of things, but it is an away game) occupies a special place. Mackems and Geordies may say they loathe one another, but that does not really do justice to the true nature […]

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Soapbox: a win’s a win for all that

Pete Sixsmith is not getting carried away. Why should it be otherwise? We narrowly beat a limited Fulham side and, though we could have doubled or tripled the margin, we could also have drawn or lost had they made more of the two or three glaring lapses of concentration at the back. Our distribution in […]

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Soapbox: magic – not

Pete Sixsmith is down in the dumps. Instead of being comfortably placed in the league and awaiting an easy passage into the quarter finals (home to Coventry), we look shaky going into the next two Premier games, unlikely to overcome Blackburn in the cup and facing the loss of a defender Pete describes as “an […]

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Who are you? We’re Fulham

Fulham vs Sunderland mosaicby… JonHall As we approach Tuesday’s vital return to Premier football, Fulham have a clear psychological advantage. While we pottered to a dull 0-0 draw with Blackburn, with them having the better chances and both of us now facing our fifth encounter of season, Fulham won a place in the 5th round, […]

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Who are you? We’re Blackburn Rovers (yet again)

One win, one draw, one defeat. The nature of the FA Cup means that one of us, Sunderland or Blackburn Rovers, must finish on top following our quartet or quartet+replay of clashes this season. Glen Mullan*, seen above with a lady he’ll forgive us for calling very much the better half, is as Rovers as […]

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Soapbox: reflections on a gloomy Monday

Salut! Sunderland has a duty to find something to say beyond the thoughts of Blackburn Rovers fans, welcome as they are. With Big Sam ushering them disarmingly up the table, Pete Sixsmith considers our current predicament, and offers his predictions on the way the season will proceed for the North East’s Premier clubs… Yesterday was […]

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Away, the Lads. Murray’s mint memories of SAFC and Rovers

FA Cup fever mounting? Dreams of another trip to Wembley suddenly jostling relegation nightmares out of focus? It would be nice to think this could be to be our year – provided we also claw our way beyond mere safety to midtable comfort. But before we get on to Salut! Sunderland‘s own Blackburn Rovers fan […]

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Soapbox: wrongly Dean-ied

If the sign of a successful team is to play badly and win, then Aston Villa look like becoming Premier League champions. Pete Sixsmith reports on a frustrating afternoon and gives his view on those refereeing decisions If there were a competition to find the most exasperating afternoon you have ever had at the Stadium […]

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Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]

Sunderland vs Rochdale prize Guess the Score. Keep Henderson quiet, Lads

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Hail the return of Guess the Score in prize format – Monsieur Salut is in a slightly better mood this […]

View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home […]

Sixer’s Burton Soapbox: a bitter defeat at the home of The Brewers

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I spent the weekend catching up some of my old muckers from the East Midlands, two of whom […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland ailing at Burton Albion

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Pete Sixsmith was looking forward to the weekend, not just because of the prospect of a decent game but also […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes: I wondered how Pete Sixsmith would approach this one, given that it’s less than a year since […]