Archive | September, 2013

Sixer’s Liverpool Soapbox: applause for gutsy display overlooks key shortcomings

Pete Sixsmith is full of praise, as were the supporters, for the spirit and, often enough, skill shown by Kevin Ball’s men. We can moan about the latest in a string of Howard Webb decisions adversely affecting Sunderland teams. Bottom line, though, is another defeat with nothing in the forthcoming cluster if fixtures to suggest […]

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Bally’s Backchat: a ‘good shift’ not enough against Liverpool

Jake as Tony Roffe's caption writer

Kevin Ball has good reason to be proud of the effort his team put into the game against Liverpool. Everyone expected us to lose and we did. But we were not as second best as 1-3 suggests and key decisions went against us for the first two Liverpool goals. All the same, that’s one point […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Liverpool 3 – Webb’s less than wonderful

Pete Sixsmith never leaves early

Howard Webb has often had Monsieur Salut’s support when others would have lynched him. But he really does have a poor record against Sunderland, that astonishing penalty Steven Taylor conned him into awarding at St James’ Park, the non-existent foul on Leon Osman that gave Everton a penalty equaliser … Today, Sunderland’s defending was woeful […]

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Sixer Says: let Sunderland maintain the weekend’s underdog theme vs Liverpool

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

Pete Sixsmith‘s articles invariably speak for themselves. This one will have to – it’s an emergency late-of-night job with a busy day ahead … It’s well known that I am usually pleased when we have a Sunday kick off. It gives me an opportunity to take in another game, sometimes distant, sometimes local. It was […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: raging against the machine (part 2)

Jake, SAFC and Salut

Ken Gambles is a man with a spleen to vent. In part one of his rage against the people in power, he took issue with the FA and the media. This time around he goes global taking FIFA to task and the media again, for what he sees as its influence over the events of […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: raging against the Premiership machine (part 1)

Another Tony Roffe/Jake collaboration: but do you need to be born in its shadow to support SAFC?

Arsenal fans have their own conspiracy theory so why should we be any different? In the first part of a rant, begun before the upheaval of last weekend, Ken Gambles has a go at the “Old Boys Network” of the F.A. and the mainstream media. Is there, as he suspects, a concerted ganging up against […]

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Podcast! West Brom reviewed, Paolo removed, Liverpool previewed


Just another quiet week then? Stephen and I got back in the studio to run the rule over more turbulence at the Stadium of Light. Unlike recent weeks, there’s a bit more fight and passion in this Liverpool preview podcast. I guess it’s fair to say this was reflected on the pitch this week. A […]

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SAFC vs Liverpool Guess the Score: in off the beachball for Altidore

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Come on, all you serial optimists. Have another go at guessing a Sunderland score, the game at home to Liverpool on Sunday. William C got it right on Tuesday – 2-0 to us – and wins a mug. Two in a week is a bit much so let’s make this another one just for fun. […]

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SAFC vs Liverpool Who are You?: ‘we’ll be champions, Manchester United below 4th’

Same score in our favour as Tuesday would do nicely, says Jake

Steph Jones*, an avid supporter of our next opponents, Liverpool, pops up in The Observer, along with Pete Sixsmith, when they want someone prepared to pontificate about their clubs for free. Salut! Sunderland is a bit the same with its invitations to the “Who are You?” hot seat, though we have more reason to expect […]

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PDC’s sacking: should story so far be the story now closed?

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

Unless I receive a seriously compelling request to publish another set of thoughts on the demise of the brief and explosive Paolo Di Canio regime, it is my considered view that the time has come to move on and concentrate on the battle for survival, whoever is at the helm. (more…)

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

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

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

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

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

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’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

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 […]

SAFC vs PNE Guess the Score: the Coleman factor and keeping faith

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Monsieur Salut writes: here’s another Guess the Score. Pete Sixsmith may or may not enter but is already fearful of […]