Archive | December, 2014

Sixer’s New Year resolutions: no laughing at Jozy, mocking Middlesbrough, expecting trophies

Jake's not the only one getting Bolshie

The ink is barely dry on Pete Sixsmith‘s heartfelt adieu to Alan Pardew – – and now he comes along with some New Year’s resolutions. Almost simultaneously, Rob Hutchison – master of the one-word player ratings – offered with his succinct verdict on Sunderland’s 2014″ ‘Eventful,’ adding a few more words: ‘Can’t really remember […]

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McCormick’s Craic: the half term report says Sunderland must do better

Jake: 'but will this work for us?'

  John McCormick writes: I’m beginning this on December 29, the day after we’ve drawn against Villa in our 19th game of the season. With match reports from Villa (er, whatever happened to Bob Chapman’s?), then a game on New Year’s Day, then a cup match, the site will be busy with posts for the next […]

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Keir’s Aston Villa player ratings. Not impressed

Jake says you are now entering a goal free zone

Nic Wiseman writes: Young Keir Bradwell has obviously been feasting on bah humbugs as he penned these ratings and most players seem to enrage him on Sunday’s performance. Do you agree with him, please let us know: Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sunderland: Player Ratings Pantilimon – 7 A quiet, assured game from our number […]

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By God, the butler’s scarpered. Fond farewell, Newcastle’s Monsieur Par Dieu

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

Pete Sixsmith was attached to Pardew his butler, and the butler seemed contended enough with life in Shildon’s posh bit, Busty Bank. But Palace gold talks loudly and the butler – he may seem ungoldly but his name derives from the French Par Dieu (by God) – is off back down south, gratefully detaching himself […]

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Manchester City v SAFC Who are You?: ‘we have striker problems too!’

Jake wants answers ...

Everyone is getting in on the Who are You? act. Football’s greatest ‘from the other side’ interview – yes, we would say that – has been conducted by deputy editor Malcolm Dawson and associate editor John McCormick in recent weeks. And now Sixer finds Tony Morehead*, lifelong Man City fan, to preview the New Year’s […]

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Manchester City vs SAFC Guess the Score: cricket score or awayday shocker?

Jake: 'if Burnley can rattle them ...'

No one guessed SAFC 1-3 Hull. Plenty among us saw the potential for a traditional flop immediately following a derby win, but the common Guess the Score practice is to be, or appear, positive. Drummer was chuffed to win the Aston Villa competition but would probably have gone happily without his prize mug in return […]

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A year in Sixer’s Sunderland life – Newcastle, Southampton, Old Trafford and all

Jake, like Sixer, goes back a long way

Pete Sixsmith has been following Sunderland for 50+ years. Sometimes, a single season seems like 50 years. Rarely, but not so much so as to be unheard of, one half of a game can get close, too (step forward SAFC v Hull City). Here are his highs and lows of 2014, plus a hope or […]

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Hutch’s Patch: the weak and tepid, strong and tigerish at Aston Villa

Jake: 'at least it wasn't 8-0, Rob'

First let M Salut, just back from a few days in France, salute deputy editor Malcolm Dawson and associate editor John McCormick, nobly assisted by Pete Sixsmith and Jake, for manfully keeping the ship of Salut! Sunderland afloat over Christmas. I wish I could now salute a couple of superb post-derby performances lifting us to […]

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Pure Poyetry: Gus’s well worn record from Villa Park

Jake says you are now entering a goal free zone

Malcolm Dawson writes…..More of the same from Gus today in his e-mail to M Salut and the rest of the world. It’s another case of cut and paste as the pundits were proved right for once. “This game has 0-0 written all over it” they said and that’s how it finished up. That’s five points […]

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Sixer’s Sevens from Villa Park: another draw for the nil all specialists

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This is the spot where you can find Pete Sixsmith’s (or an asterisked sub’s) seven word summation of the latest game. Sunderland had chances. Villa had chances. In the end it was all rather predictable. Dec 28 Aston Villa (0) 0 SAFC (0) *Just couldn’t break down 10 man Villa Dec 26 SAFC (1) 1 […]

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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’

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 […]