Archive | July, 2009

Sixer’s Travels: a Dutch treat

Kieran Richardson, two goal heroPicture: Peadar O'Sullivan Pete Sixsmith flies home from Amsterdam a little the worse for wear, but in good spirits after a convincing win over Atletico Madrid … A bit of a lie actually, because this is being written from the study at Sixsmith Towers, while the cat re-acquaints himself with the […]

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Come on Pete: a 2-0 fillip in Amsterdam

Two goals from Kieran Richardson, the second a corker after a great pass from Stokes following good work by Carlos Edwards, saw off Atletico Madrid. Stand by for some positive thoughts from Pete Sixsmith …. maybe tomorrow. No pre-season victory, even when it is at the expense of a leading Spanish club, carries a huge […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Haarlem globetrotting

Once bitten twice shy. Pete Sixsmith’s eccentricities with spelling know no bounds, as a reader gently observed after his report from the Benfica game. Pete’s poor editor had no idea where to start on this one, a detailed account – littered with proper names Salut! Sunderland wouldn’t recognise if they fell in its soup – […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Dutch delights, Benfica blues

So on the strength of one 2-0 defeat to Benfica in a pre-season game, a fan over at the normally sensible Blackcats list is already fretting about another relegation battle (“After 50 years of totally being convinced we are going to make good next season. I think the hope has gone!!!! When if ever, will […]

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Soapbox: Amsterdam calling

Did anyone ever seriously believe Peter Crouch, of whom it can at least be said that he's a man you can look up to, would sign for Sunderland? No, I thought not. Even without a Wag climbing a ladder to breathe down his neck, he'd simply have used us to drive a harder bargain wiv […]

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Soapbox: a canter for the Cats

We're off, and off to a flying start if off can mean a pre-season friendly and flying start can mean beating Darlo 4-0. Pete Sixsmith was there … Darlington is my nearest Football League club and I have always had a soft spot for them. They were the first pro club I watched before Messrs […]

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Soapbox: bold as brass

It’s getting closer. The signing of Fraizer Campbell from Man Utd was a welcome start to Steve Bruce’s transfer dealings; more news can be expected soon. Pete Sixsmith is already in pre-season training, and tells of a visit to Brighouse that included a few moments with George Mulhall, a fondly remembered winger of the old […]

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Love, loyalty and Sunderland: Tash’s tale

The response to our publication of extracts from Tash Scott‘s evocative account of her first visit to the Stadium of Light, from her home a long way away (Cornwall, but she’s as Red and White as her father and grandfather), spoke for itself. If ever a story deserved to be told in full, this was […]

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Soapbox: to transfer or not to transfer …

That, says Pete Sixsmith (the only around here who seems to be working, but come back soon for the full version of Tash’s brilliant essay), is the question. He reports on concerns voiced elsewhere about our failure, so far, to land a single new player. Those concerns may be premature. Man Utd, having lost a […]

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From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]