Archive | December, 2013

Sunderland vs Aston Villa: the cup finals start here

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Carlisle United on Sunday in the FA Cup proper and there’s a good “Who are You?” on its way. But who can deny that Sunderland vs Aston Villa assumes cup final significance? (more…)

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (7) Manchester City

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Pete Sixsmith continues with the task he set himself of finding a match to reflect upon for each of 12 days of the festive season. Today he recalls the start of the illustrious Sunderland career of the 1973 FA Cup-winning team captain Bobby Kerr… See the Twelve Days of Christmas series in full at http://salutsunderland.com/category/sixers-sentiments/sunderlands-twelve-days-of-christmas/ […]

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Sixer’s Cardiff Soapbox: sometimes life is just beer and skittles (or football)

Jake says "flipping heck" or words to that effect

Never one to miss the opportunity to combine two of his favourite pastimes, real ale and watching footy, Pete Sixsmith took advantage of the holiday fixture list to take a tour of the English Midlands and Welsh Borders to work off his post Christmas over indulgence by over indulging some more. Having taken the Supporters’ […]

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Sunderland’s IQ: It needs to be better than average

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

On Boxing Day 2004 West Brom’s 19th game of the season saw them at home to Liverpool. They lost 0-5, which left them adrift at the bottom, with 10 points and a goal difference of -24. They drew their next match 1-1, away to Man City, but this wasn’t enough to lift them up the […]

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Sunderland v Aston Villa: Guess the Score and help a good cause

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

When the glittering occasional prize of a Salut! Sunderland mug was reinstituted for the Everton game, it was a safe bet that Eric Bowers would win. After all, he’s already got three, though in fairness one was bought – making him as rare as, say, a priest who finds the painting he bought for £400 […]

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas (6): Newcastle United

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

John McCormick writes. I must have been at this game but I can’t remember anything about it. Maybe the disappointment at the result has caused me to blot it from my mind, or maybe it’s true that if you can remember the sixties you weren’t there. No, that can’t be right. Pete Sixsmith was there, and […]

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SAFC vs Aston Villa Who are You?: ‘looks too tough, Gus’

Jake: 'let the revival continue?'

Since beating Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates on the opening day of the season, Aston Villa have been at best patchy. They arrive at the Stadium of Light for the New Year’s Day fixture six points ahead of Sunderland, fourth top of the group of 11 clubs separated by just nine points. Our Villa interviewee […]

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Sunderland’s Twelve Days of Christmas: (5) Fulham

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John McCormick writes: In his fifth reminiscence of Sunderland games played over the festive season, Pete Sixsmith goes back to another promotion season. This is probably one of the many where I didn’t get to a game, unless I went to Stoke, but I do remember the signing of Marangoni and the anticipation that came […]

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Poyetry in Motion from Cardiff: never say die attitude brings reward

Jake: 'why not, with so many players with SAFC connections in Russia?'

There was turmoil off the pitch at Cardiff where the owner began with a smile on his face, no doubt convinced that he could convince the home support that he knows best. No sign of turmoil on the pitch, where the red Bluebirds started brightly and had Gus Poyet’s men on the backfoot. Unlike at […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Cardiff City 2 SAFC 2 – Colback at the death

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This was a crucial game. Other results for once had gone our way and a win would get us off the bottom of the table. But with O’Shea out and Brown suspended it was up to the reshuffled back four to hold firm but they didn’t. They looked shaky for much of the first half […]

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Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Soapbox: not enough to pass the test but A for effort

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..there were plenty of positives to take from last night’s game, both on and off the field. Off […]

Sixer’s Sheffield Wednesday Seven: out but not disgraced

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Pete Sixsmith was not to be found in the matchday (matchnight?) programme for the League Cup game against the Owls. […]

Sunderland vs Scunthorpe United prize Guess the Score: more goals for Maja?

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

The congestion of this week and next – with games tonight, Sunday and next Wednesday – means there’ll be an […]

Scunthorpe United Who are You? Magical Beagrie, woeful refs, Sunderland revival prospects

Jake: 'you need a long memory'

Monsieur Salut writes: this edition of Who are You? appears out of sequence, with a league cup game to be […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (in the League Cup): Sheffield Wednesday

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote about Sheffield Wednesday last season, as you no doubt remember. Today he makes a brief […]

Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

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As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]