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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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

Jake's back - and so are  Charlton

Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

Margaret Byrne

Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]