Archive | May, 2015

Season reviews: tough love in a far-reaching view from a ‘positive guy’

Jake: 'thanks to all have shared their thoughts in this feature'

  Marcus Procopio has graced these pages before. Being based in Perth  (I think that’s the Australian one) it could be said he has taken a distant view. Distant or not, it’s certainly far-reaching. He begins with an overview of the season then moves to some individual performances before giving what might be the solution […]

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Reviews of the Season: pathetic, spineless lows but a Montyesque goalkeeping high

Ken Gambles: let's hear t for - and against = the man with the whistle

The end-of-season reviews continue to flow in. Ken Gambles is another of our writers with a wealth of experience of watching Sunderland, good and bad. It’s fair to say he felt cheated at times in the season he now reviews, but at least he found one huge positive. All the reviews in this series can […]

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The Chapman Report from Chelsea: summer relief for the well-travelled SAFC fan

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Bob Chapman brings down the curtain on what we hope has been another season of fine, incisive reporting from each Sunderland game, the best of it combining analysis, observation and humour (the latter quality is remarkable, given the feelings of dejection that all too often haunt the Sunderland supporter’s life). Pete Sixsmith has explained his […]

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The highs and lows of Sunderland’s season, at a handy glance

At least Monsieur Salut wavered between no points and one from the Emirates

John McCormick writes: regular readers will know that I’ve been tracking the progress of SAFC and other at-risk clubs by means of my “dodgy numbers”. I’ll look back on how they all fared some time after Pete Sixsmith finishes the end of season reviews, with a view to selecting teams and methods for next season’s […]

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Reviews of the Season: ‘got lucky. Twice as many wins as defeats’

Reviews of the Season: 'got lucky. Twice as many wins as defeats'

John McCormick writes: when the fixture fairy first waved her wand I thought I might struggle to make more than a handful of matches. It turned out I was right; over the season pre-booked flights, rearranged games, competing demands and a pregnant daughter all took their toll. So, too, did my lowly position in the […]

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Chelsea blues and the decline and fall of Sunderland-Newcastle bragging rights

Pete Sixsmith awarded himself another day off from actually travelling to an expensive away game, settling for Barnes and Benno and updates from around the country on Premier League’s final day. The big question remains: is this as well as a Chapman Report from Stamford Bridge or instead of one? … (more…)

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Reviews of the Season: blaming the owner, managers, players – and fans

Peter Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete

After the excitement tension and ultimate relief of last Wednesday comes a time for cool reflection. Sunderland didn’t peer once again over the precipice because of rank bad luck. Survival was a close-run thing and we need to consider why there was yet another desperate battle for dear life in the last few games. Peter […]

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Reviews of the Season: would a short extension suit Mrs Advocaat (and us)?

Jake: 'thanks to all have shared their thoughts in this feature'

Think of the London and Southern England branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association and it is impossible not to think of its co-founder, Ian Todd, an exile in the capital since the 1960s and a man who has invested frightening amounts of time, effort and money into supporting Sunderland and helping others do so. It […]

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The last of Advochaat? Or is the future bright, is the future orange?

Dick Advocaat

This was a typical end of term affair. For Chelsea, the equivalent of sweets and board games was in saying goodbye to Petr Chec and Didier Drogba and blue paper darts. Sunderland meanwhile, had the kind of teacher who intended to keep his students working right until the home time bell. That the players bought […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Chelsea 3 SAFC 1. Competitive in defeat. Au revoir Hull

Pete Sixsmith‘s boycott of expensive trips to London was maintained for the final game of the season, though he was able to follow proceedings from afar and supply a seven-word verdict. The game at Chelsea went to script despite Steven Fletcher’s rediscovery of his goalscoring touch, before Costa’s penalty equaliser in the first half and […]

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Sunderland vs Portsmouth Who are You? ‘We should be runaway favourites by now’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Peter Allen is my very good pal and partner-in-crime (if that’s the right way to describe our […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth: a question of points no longer in our hands

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Even as I wrote last week that we would remain masters of our destiny and go up automatically provided we […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Peterborough make their point against Sunderland

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John McCormick is editing this in Liverpool, where one of the clubs could win the Champions League, not to mention […]

Sixer’s Peterborough sevens. Bitterly disappointing

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Is there another twist to come? With only two or three games left time is not on our side, and […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth ‘Who are You?’: a buildup that began in December

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THIS interview, from just before our 3-1 defeat at Fratton Park in December, was among many items lost when the […]

Jim Baxter: Dave Parnaby’s Appreciation

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Pete Sixsmith provides the introduction to today’s guest: Dave Parnaby is a Kelloe lad who started following Sunderland in the […]

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