Archive | August, 2014

Keir’s Player ratings: QPR 1 Sunderland 0 (and a bit from Birmingham)

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Keir Bradwell sums up the players’ individual performances in marks out of 10 for the games at Loftus Road and St Andrew’s a few nights earlier… (more…)

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For Bodjongo, for Fahim and maybe a little for Shankly’s ghost

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Sixer warned he’d be late with his Soapbox, a day out on the Northumberland coast shading it as the more attractive option [compared with writing about the disappointing display we saw at Loftus Road]. Monsieur Salut’s pain, after his season’s Sunderland debut for this match, was quickly eased by a visit to the wonderful West […]

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Pure Poyetry: hating to lose to QPR

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Malcolm Dawson writes….even this early in the season I had a feeling this game could be the defining one. The way I saw it was that a win would engender confidence and the belief that those teams who will be lower half were beatable, leading to a comfortable campaign and a top ten finish. Lose […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: QPR 1 v Sunderland 0 back to earth with a bump

Jake earns his stripes

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith has had a busy week. Tow Law on Friday, Wembley on Saturday, Sunderland on Sunday, Birmingham on Wednesday and doubtless some more non league games in between. Today saw him back in the capital at Loftus Road. I’m betting he would rather have gone to Pad!iham v Shildon instead (more…)

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A tale of two cities, Sunderland and Newcastle, on league cup duty

Jake: not all the Lads we wanted, but we'll see ...

Let Rob Hutchison explain for himself how he came to see us and the Mags on successive nights … (more…)

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QPR Who are You?: SAFC fans ‘don’t age well, but Joey does’

Kieran as Paul McCartney at the playoff final

Kieran Robinson – check him out at – was recommended to us as a QPR candidate for ‘Who are You?’ by Steve Colwell, a great friend this site who is not only a Rangers fanatic but at least twice an occupant of this little hot seat. He reports on the Old Bill’s heavy-handed (sorry […]

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Sixer’s Midweek Meander: Birmingham 0 Sunderland 3

Jake: smiles for Sixer at Brum

John McCormick writes: The gods of football are conspiring against me at the moment and I’m finding it hard to even plan for a game. Not so Pete Sixsmith, who has managed to fit in home, away, friendly, non-league, rugby league, cricket league and probably  Sunday league into a season that’s hardly started. That’s  not […]

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QPR vs SAFC ‘Guess the Score’: no beer, no prize

Jake: 'don't put us through hoops, Lads'

Can two sets of supporters, from good, decent football clubs, be trusted to share the same licensed premises with a couple of coppers on hand to nip any nonsense in the bud? The answer from the Met is No. So make sure to get your pre-match pints in Kings Cross or elsewhere. Shepherds Bush may […]

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Pure Poyetry from Birmingham: ‘I knew goals were coming’. Stoke next

Jake: 'let's hope we can still trust in Gus'

Gus Poyet accepts Sunderland made a poor start but is delighted that the goals finally came. Stoke at home in the next round sounds winnable, too. Here’s the boss’s post-match e-mail … (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Birmingham City 0 Sunderland 3. We always win 3-0, Lee

Jake: Wembley bound again?

Pete Sixsmith was wondering on his way to Birmingham whether he ought to question his own sanity. Awful ground, long midweek trek, the usual complaints. But we filled our section while the Bluenoses stayed away (as, of course, did Mackems during last season’s league cup run). The first half sounded dreadful enough listening to Benno […]

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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 […]