Archive | February, 2012

Tyne-Wear derby: when Niall, Shearer and Sorensen broke Newcastle hearts

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This piece brought precious little good fortune in October 2010, when Sunderland came a distinctly poor second in last season’s Tyne-Wear derby. But since we’re often accused of harking back more than a century to the 9-1 game, let’s remember our most recent win at St James’ Park. Ouch: it’s now 11 years … just […]

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1: Sunderland 2: Newcastle United 3: Middlesbrough – could we live with that?


That was not quite how David Athey* had the running order. David is Monsieur Salut’s cousin and a lifelong Newcastle supporter. He’s all for passionate rivalry but the pipe dream suggested in the headline (once re-arranged to suit his tastes) reflects a deeper view, that the North East looks a little sad when those passions […]

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Newcastle’s Sports Direct Arena: ten things to like, ten to loathe (1)

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(Image: Akuppa John Wigham) Pete Sixsmith has served the equivalent of a short prison sentence watching Sunderland win, lose and draw – not to mention Blyth Spartans, a Scottish League XI and Liverpool – at the ground formerly known as St James’ Park. Here he begins a two-part series, awarding Like and Dislike points to […]

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Tyne-Wear derby: Sunderland fan commemorates Newcastle player who caught his eye

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

West Brom is beginning to be no more than a bad memory. Not entirely true, of course, but it is time to start thinking ahead to Sunday – early in any ordinary week, but derby week (even if Newcastle United v Sunderland takes place, strictly speaking, next week) is never ordinary. John McCormick is a […]

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Soapbox from West Bromwich Albion: when experience triumphs over hope


Pete Sixsmith cannot rewrite Saturday’s result. He cannot make it seem as if we were a little unlucky. There were no Sunderland performances of the sort that won The Artist five Oscars. In fact, Pete struggles to find anything remotely positive to say. Just sit back and try to enjoy what follows for what it […]

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A crushing West Brom view: ‘we made you look worse than Wolves’

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With thanks to Iain Bate, of the WBA Mad site, for permission to reproduce it, this is how an Albion fan saw his team’s demolition of Sunderland. It sets us up nicely for Pete Sixsmith’s considered view (first thing tomorrow) … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings from The Hawthorns: West Bromwich Albion simply better

It sounded, from Benno and Barnes’s commentary, as bad as it got under McCarthy, Keane, Sbragia or Bruce. Martin O’Neill was left with the duty of composing his first post-match e-mail as manager of a comprehensively beaten Sunderland. See also Sixer’s Sevens: from ecstasy to embarrassment … (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: WBA 4 Sunderland 0. Ecstasy to embarrassment

This is where Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day […]

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Salut!’s week: cup fever, Niall’s farewell, map to Newcastle, McClean/Campbell glory

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This has been a week of great happiness – beating Arsenal to reach the FA Cup quarterfinals, welcoming Fraizer Campbell’s inclusion in the England squad and James McClean’s Irish call-up – and much sadness, Niall Quinn’s decision to end his links with SAFC. Oh, one more happy bit: Salut! Sunderland reached ninth, its highest ever […]

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When Sunderland played WBA and Kevin Ball was blamed for a broken trophy

A story I hadn’t heard before. Bears repeating, from Dave Hewitt’s answers in the West Bromwich Albion “Who are You?” ahead of tomorrow’s game at the Hawthorns. Dave is a retired teacher and sports photographer … (more…)

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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 […]