Archive | February, 2011

Everton Soapbox: Goodison gets no better

Is there a cushier tie in the Everton fixture list than Sunderland at home? Will Jermaine Beckford score two against anyone else at this level? How worried should we be after a gutless surrender bringing the losing streak to four, with three tough games to come? Pete Sixsmith joins up the dots to offer some […]

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Steve Bruce on Everton nightmare: as bad as it gets

To say the season is beginning to crumble away would be an understatement, and Steve Bruce knows it. Second best and apathetic, he called us in his missive from Goodison … Dear Colin That was up there with our most disappointing days this season. We’ve prided ourselves on our resilience, especially away from home, and […]

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Everton 2 Sunderland 0: headlong into a slump

Whether Sunderland deserve a quick post-match report is frankly in doubt. But one exchange from BBC Radio Newcastle’s live coverage seemed to sum it up rather well. It went a little like this: Gary Bennett: “How could Ferdinand be muscled off the ball like that by Arteta?’ Nicky Barnes: “I don’t know what he thought […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Everton (2) 2 Sunderland (0) 0

Starting at Goodison, and a fourth successive defeat after defending he said “would shame the Northern League”, Pete Sixsmith presents his incisive seven-word verdicts on just about every Sunderland game. When, rarely, Pete is absent, a supersub does it for him. The full archive – see link below – encapsulates the matchday experiences, from darkest […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s week: from Millwall and Everton to Billy Hughes

The latest of our occasional looks back at the week just gone, with links in case you missed items the first time round and want to explore further. Click on the titles to see the postings in full … (more…)

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French fancies: letter from Le Mans to Stéphane Sessegnon

Give us the French lower leagues, cried Pete Sixsmith, or something like that. I do not intend to make a habit of it but here, bang up to date, is the state of the French Ligue 2, of special interest to our new recruit Stéphane Sessegnon. (more…)

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Bruce in: good news, but still points to prove (and get)

On a balance sheet detailing the pluses and minuses of his management of Sunderland, Steve Bruce is comfortably in the black. So the SAFC decision to offer him a new contract, and his acceptance of it, should be welcomed by supporters. (more…)

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England v France: fear and loathing from Marc Lièvremont

Olivier Big match at Twickers tomorrow night. My Salut! Sunderland colleague Pete Sixsmith will readily testify that rugby is not my game. At school in Bishop Auckland, my brother opted into rugby union and became a useful player. I was useful at nowt at Bishop grammar, and they eventually got wise enough to boot me […]

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The Everton ‘Who are You?’: praying for a billionaire

When you’ve worked with singers from Mary Black to Charlotte Church, and been in charge of the music at George Best’s funeral, the phrase “I’m a musician” seems a touch inadequate. Frank Gallagher*, a man who therefore seems to add modesty to his boundless charisma, energy and talent, is our Evertonian ‘Who are You?’ previewer. […]

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Everton v SAFC: musician digs the Blues

Since M Salut is on the road in France, there isn’t time for much posting of new material before this week’s Who are You? feature which will run tomorrow as we approach the resumption, for Sunderland, of the football season. But here is a sneak preview of that feature. Our Evertonian is a pal, Frank […]

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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 […]