Archive | August, 2011

Soapbox: Crouch, Cissé, Roy of the Rovers triple swoop. Or not

Image of Georgios Samaras: Sashymashy Not forgetting Georgios Samaras from Celtic. Transfer deadline? Dead loss. That’s the verdict from Pete Sixsmith‘s Soapbox and who can blame him? Consider the other names in our own hat: Peter Crouch (£10m bid today, says Sky), Roman Pavlyuchenko, Patrick Helmes, David Craig Bellamy, Nicklas Bendtner, the other Cisse, Toy […]

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Steed: the last farewell?

What a shame that Steed Malbranque has let it be know he is on the point of giving up football. Only 31, and just 26 minutes into his new career at St Etienne, the former Sunderland midfielder has personal problems and appeared a troubled figure when he spoke to the Ligue 1 club’s manager Christophe […]

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Two bad defeats have Gooners shrieking for Wenger’s head

If you thought Steve Bruce had problems with what he suggested was the “pathetic” hysteria of hypercritical supporters of his own club, stand back and consider the torrent of abuse now heading in the general direction of Arsène Wenger. Comments on a match report at the Red London site after Man Utd 8 Arsenal 2 […]

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Soapbox: my Swansea diary as a long day closes

Pete Sixsmith‘s test messages from South Wales suggested a day that peaked with his pre-match pint in Port Talbot and went downhill on reaching the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. At least he was spared a third defeat in a week. This is the blow-by-blow account of his day … It was a long, long day […]

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Bruce In: keeping the faith should also mean keeping perspective

Liverpool 1 SAFC 1; SAFC 0 Newcastle Utd 1; Brighton & HA 1 SAFC 0; Swansea 0 SAFC 0 No one is going to pretend that Sunderland have got off to a flying start. Even Steve Bruce’s sternest critics here would accept that he has not tried to do so. But it is still necessary […]

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Bruce’s Banter: at least he didn’t sign Barton

Having given my qualified support to Steve Bruce, if only because sacking him three games into a season would be spectacularly bad timing, I now look forward to him issuing writs against those responsible for grossly libellous reports that he tried to sign Joey Barton. As for tonight’s e-mail, the D word – disappointing, not […]

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Jordan: some plain sailing in Liverpool’s red sea

When Jordan Henderson left, Sunderland supporters were divided into two main camps: dejection about what the move said of our own vaunted ambition, and the feeling we’d done some rather smart business provided the money was properly spent. We are still waiting for the so-called marquee signings – two needed, three if the underperforming Gyan […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Swansea City 0 Sunderland 0 … pure drudgery

This is where Pete Sixsmith captures the glory or shame, hope or despair, excitement or ennui of each Sunderland game. After a grim week, the action moved to the Liberty stadium in Swansea. And it was not a pretty sight. Gyan, “not at the races” and maybe with his mind on an onward move according […]

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After Newcastle & Brighton, will Swansea improve on a week to forget?

This is the latest edition of Salut! Sunderland’s Week. Pete Sixsmith has worked his not inconsiderable backside off for us in the past seven days. Some of you clearly think he deserves some beer money; he’ll get some, once we’ve recorded our first win of the season, from the proceeds of the mugs and pens […]

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Steve Bruce, hysteria and the case for his defence

Has Steve Bruce every right to go on the offensive in his response to the fierce criticism he has endured since losing at home to Newcastle and then away at Brighton in the Carling Cup? Well, yes and no: the calls for his head may be over the top, for now at any rate, but […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team – Accrington Stanley

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….the games are coming thick and fast and thanks to the TV we have three home floodlit games […]

Sunderland vs Accrington Stanley prize Guess the Score. Time for players to raise their games

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Will Guess the Score predictions become gloomier, asks Monsieur Salut? Two losing scorelines were submitted for the Blackpool game, and […]

Accrington Stanley Who are You?: ‘a Sunderland occasion to relish- at the owner’s expense’

Who indeed?

Monsieur Salut writes: until a day or two ago, it seemed we’d have no Accrington Stanley interviewee for what would […]

Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: more of a damp squib than fireworks against Blackpool


The current spate of fixtures which are coming thick and fast means an increased workload for Pete Sixsmith so Malcolm […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1-1 Blackpool. Drawing conclusions

Jake: 'bloody hell, man'

Pete Sixsmith was there to witness the first of three successive home games that could – like it or not […]

The Lars Word: how to end Sunderland’s drawing habit while remaining hard to beat

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

Lars Knutsen looks at the undeniable problem facing Jack Ross: how to inspire his players to stop dropping so many […]

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