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 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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Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]

Sunderland vs Rochdale prize Guess the Score. Keep Henderson quiet, Lads

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Hail the return of Guess the Score in prize format – Monsieur Salut is in a slightly better mood this […]

View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home […]

Sixer’s Burton Soapbox: a bitter defeat at the home of The Brewers

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I spent the weekend catching up some of my old muckers from the East Midlands, two of whom […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland ailing at Burton Albion

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Pete Sixsmith was looking forward to the weekend, not just because of the prospect of a decent game but also […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes: I wondered how Pete Sixsmith would approach this one, given that it’s less than a year since […]