Archive | August, 2014

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

Keir Bradwell

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

Jake's images brighten these pages

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

what did he say?'

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 kieranrobinson.com – 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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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

Jake's back - and so are  Charlton

Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

Margaret Byrne

Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]