Archive | January, 2014

Podcast! Small matter of A derby…

See you next season!

In all the recent excitement at Sunderland, our very own Stephen Goldsmith has got fat too big for his boots. As you’ll hear early on in this podcast, he thinks he has the authority to rearrange our fixtures at will. On top of that, he thinks he can rearrange fixtures that have already been played. […]

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Sixer’s Stoke Soapbox: onwards and upwards but hardly convincing!

Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson writes…. This has been a strange sort of season so far. Ensconced as we have been at the foot of the table for so much of the season, there has still been plenty of optimism around. Many of us have been of the opinion that Gus Poyet’s team would turn around […]

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Countdown to Wembley: win a shirt in our cup final competition


You may have noticed the ad already. Salut! Sunderland‘s latest little collaboration is with Campo Retro, which markets snappy SAFC-related tops of the sort you see in the flashing gallery. The lads at Campo have come up with the idea of a competition – all replies to them, not us (see below) – with a […]

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The Newcastle v Sunderland Guess the Score: not 1-9, not 5-1

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

I may have used that headline before. I hope the last bit – “not 5-1” – is not only right but replaced in real life by a scoreline starting with 0 and followed by at least 1. Sunderland won’t win 9-1 though I bet they said the same before December 5 1908. Salut! Sunderland is […]

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Newcastle United vs Sunderland ‘Who are You?’: a less than happy Mag

Jake: let ha'way rise above ho'way again

As time crept on, I feared I had left it too late to find a warm, witty or wise Newcastle fan for the pre-derby ‘Who are You?’. Then Pete Sixsmith came up with Brian Neil*, a Gateshead-born, Bishop-by-adoption lad with a fondness for exclamation marks and mild profanity. Brian is an ideal interviewee: bags to […]

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Oatway’s Observations: Sunderland 1 Stoke 0 – a massive result

Jake: 'dare i say it? This is another must-win game'

Despite his snood, Damart thermals, three pairs of socks, gloves, balaclava and hooded top to brave the Arctic chills, Gus Poyet was too ill to do anything but rush home to a warm duvet and a Lemsip after this important victory. So it was left to his assistant Charlie Oatway to rush down to the […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Stoke City 0: a nerve-jangling but massive win

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

Sunderland rarely take the easy route. One up after 25 minutes against moderate opponents who go down to 10 men in the second half. And who has to soak up the pressure? You guessed. All the same, Pete Sixsmith saw as mighty a win as they come, one taking Sunderland out of the bottom three […]

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Sunderland vs Stoke City Guess the Score: be positive, be right

Jake: 'dare i say it? This is another must-win game'

How many times have I lain awake in far-off parts, mobile phone by the pillow set to silent to avoid annoying Mme Salut but ready to be consulted when Pete Sixsmith’s texts arrive with news of a stream of Sunderland goals? (more…)

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Sixer Says: Di Canio just cannot keep his mouth shut

Texture from Mayang's Textures

Pete Sixsmith would like to think Paolo Di Canio’s outburst will cost him hard in the pocket – and also herald the start of a period of silence … (more…)

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Sunderland v Stoke City Who are You?: ‘Norwich, Palace, West Ham and Cardiff relegation contenders’

Jake: 'dare i say it? This is another must-win game'

With games coming thick and fast, time for finding a new Stoke City interviewee ran out. But we had an offer from Angela Smith*, who did such a good job before the game at the Britannia, to help out again. It is an interesting exercise to get someone to update replies to largely the same […]

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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 […]