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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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]