Archive | November, 2009

Darren Bent’s mum: an update on the “racial slur” incident

LATEST NEWS (Dec 1): The media are reporting the arrest of a 26-year-old man from Chester-le-Street on suspicion of racially abusing Mrs Bent. He has been bailed pending further inquiries. No further comments can be accepted on this posting. More details have emerged about the alleged racial taunt that caused such offence to Darren Bent’s […]

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Soapbox: a bumpy day in pieland

Pete Sixsmith reflects on yet another disappointing day on the road, yet another dismal comedown when encountering humbler opposition immediately after heroics against the Premier League’s finest … What does Arsene Wenger do when the Gunners have a Saturday blank? If he was listening to James Alexander Gordon at 5pm, he would have risked a […]

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Darren Bent: an apology

Even more depressing than the team’s after-the-Lord-Mayor’s-ball type of performance at Wigan was news that Darren Bent ‘s mother was racially abused at the DW stadium. And even more depressing than that, he says a Sunderland supporter was the culprit. Bent vented his feelings in a message posted to his Twitter page after the game: […]

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Down to earth with a thud at Wigan

Somehow, when Steve Bruce said after the Arsenal game that he’d warned the team “play as like that at Wigan or else”, the longer serving pessimists among us knew what was about to happen. And happen it does. We fail to score even one against a team that concedes shedloads, and lose 1-0. Before what […]

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Programmed to succeed for Sunderland

Rob Mason’s work as the editor or author of Sunderland-related publications is so packed with statistics that you feel he must have been good at maths at school. Colin Randall adds his £3’s worth to the praise heading Rob’s way … Snatches of a BBC local radio interview with Rob Mason, editor of the Sunderland […]

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That Wigan bounceback fear: another view

Pete Sixsmith’s had his say. Another pal, Martin Emmerson, Sunderland through and through but working for BBC Radio N*wc****e, alerts me to his tuppence worth. Martin will be at Wigan, but fears it may be another case of a great result against top opposition followed by deep disappointment against lesser mortals. Up to the Lads […]

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Soapbox: Wigan, Sunderland and a sobering history of bouncebacks

How much of a beating do you have to take before it can be called a thrashing? Four, five, six? Nothing to do with the headmaster’s study of old; we’re talking about goals conceded. Pete Sixsmith worries about the backlash that sometimes awaits the walloped side’s next opponents after such drubbings as Spurs 9 Wigan […]

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Who are you? We’re Wigan

No Darren Bent, Kenwyne Jones still suspended. No Cattermole, first choice keeper out too. Wigan 1 Sunderland 9 somehow doesn’t look on the cards. Bernard Ramsdale*, who runs the Olde Tree and Crown Wigan fans’ site and romped home last year as winner of our award for the best “Who are You?” feature, has probably […]

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Another trophy for Arsenal

Sunderland supporters are known for their complete objectivity and generosity of spirit. So let’s offer congratulations to Arsène Wenger’s team for bouncing back from defeat at the Stadium of Light – how pleasing it is to write those words – to brush aside Standard Liège. And there’s another trophy heading the Gunners’ way, or more […]

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Come on you Arsenal

Salut! Sunderland presents a challenge to Arsenal supporters – the poster of the best comment received by 10am tomorrow WED NOV 24 will be offered a Nick Hornby book (regular, that is, not special edition) of his of her choice … We’ve had our say. Sunderland fans, even those who have a lot of admiration […]

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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, […]