Archive | January, 2013

Reading FC v SAFC ‘Who are You?’: another vote for Toon Doon

Water, maybe tons of melted snow, may have flowed under the bridge by the time you read this. The questions to Martin Brailli*, a bookseller, football referee and fan of Reading, were answered while emotions were still stirred by seven or eight minutes of heroics at home to West Brom but before the fine win […]

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Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: dour, dire Sunderland fail to clip Swans’ wings


Malcolm Dawson writes…. After the euphoria of the win over West Ham and subsequent disappointment of the FA Cup exit to Bolton, I was hoping for an eight point return from the next four league games. Well here we are half way through with four points in the bag but last night was no cause […]

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Martin’s Musings on SAFC v Swansea: The onus is on us – must do better

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In his post-match e-mail from the home game versus Swansea City, Martin O’Neill tells it likes it is (or was on the night). He’s right about one thing, where the onus lies, so why were we defending like the clappers in injury time? Dear Colin, I was disappointed with the performance. We’ve got a point on […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Swansea City 0 – Sometimes it’s good to take the point

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. When he cannot make it, a supersub steps in and his (or her) seven-word summing-up is preceded by an asterisk. This week the supersub happens to be John Mac, until such time as Pete’s actual text reaches John’s phone, […]

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Goldy says: O’Neill’s January business suggests wind of change at Sunderland

Jake salutes the golden prose

At the time of writing Sunderland AFC have been linked in the press with a whole host of players, from Peruvians and Argentinians to Austrians and Spaniards – even a self confessed Mag fan but as yet only two signings and one of those on loan. We have also witnessed the departure of several long […]

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Liverpool, Oldham, Brentford, Chelsea – desperately seeking Sunderland connections

Jake brightens up the site again

Malcolm Dawson writes……The recent inclement weather may have caused difficulties for many across the country, but for Pete Sixsmith it was a godsend. Last weekend the heavy snow meant the cancellation of the non league programme and allowed him to see the Lads win at Wigan, a game he had expected to miss. The cup […]

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SAFC v Swansea ‘Who are You?’: 10 out of 10 for the Swans or just 9.5?

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Jim White* is a happy Swansea City supporter, vice-chairman of the Swans Trust that part-owns the club, the owner of his own email marketing company and the man behind the leading Swans fan website He is loving life in the Premier (and since writing this a trip to Wembley – ed) just as much […]

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Everton: what’s this about a bogey team?

There’s no football this weekend after our recent debacle at home to Bolton so, just to keep things ticking over before the Swansea “who are you”, here’s a quick trip down memory lane, or as it’s me, down fuzzy memory lane. The starting point was actually the vast number of posters (i.e. more than three […]

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Wigan winter warmer confounds Notts Forest fan’s predictions (SAFC down, Newcastle 9th)

Pete Sixsmith did not expect to be at the DW Stadium. His original plan involved a trip to Bitton, not far from Bristol, to see Shildon in the FA Vase but he wisely changed his mind even before all Saturday’s games in the competition were called off. So he became one of the 5,000 candidates […]

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It’s not Arsenal v Man City and it’s worth every penny

You can pay £62 to see Arsenal play Man City or for half of that you can go to Wigan, buy fish and chips followed by a round of drinks and then watch your team come away with the points. You won’t necessarily see Barcelona-style passing, although the weather and playing conditions might have as […]

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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 […]