Archive | October, 2015

Tomorrow Everton. Today, probably the best article you’ll ever read about Sunderland

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Salut! Sunderland settled back for another quietly inactive Saturday, the lull before tomorrow’s Goodison storm. So why, suddenly, were people coming to the site? We have ‘HarrogateMackem’ to thank, for drawing renewed attention at Ready To Go’s Pure Football forum. SAFC fans who are otherwise rarely seen here flocked to the link and have posted […]

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Winning Sunderland, whining Newcastle and winsome Everton

Jake: 'Sam on the road and Sixer too...'

When not watching clips of Coloccini barging into Fletch and maybe getting the wrong colour of card, Pete Sixsmith has been purring about the 3-0 win against Newcastle and hallucinating about a Geordie Nation campaign to force a replay. Six-in-a-row has that effect. But can we make it three-in-a-row, three successive wins at Goodison? It’s […]

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Everton v Sunderland ‘Who are You?’: a Middlesbrough connection adds spice

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Last season, Hannah Myers was one of Salut! Sunderland‘s Everton ‘Who are You?’ interviewees and came second in the annual HAWAY (Highly Articulate Who are You) awards. So we’ve been back to the Myers household and pressganged her old man, Sam Myers*, into the hot seat. Doubtless in years to come, young Oscar will be […]

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Everton v Sunderland Guess the Score: can we build on derby joy?

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

The past is another country. A week is a long time in politics/ And all the other cliches you can think of to cover the fact that one win on Sunday October 25 is all well and good, but only if we can keep the green shoots sprouting. It is time to Guess the Score […]

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Six in a row, and I was there

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I had a ticket well in time but had to keep travel arrangements flexible right up to the weekend, which meant the car rather than the train, and a trip on my own on Saturday afternoon. After watching Forest Green see off Margate I headed north, pressing the search button on the radio to pick […]

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Warm post-Newcastle glow resists defeat to Manchester United Under 21s


Monsieur Salut writes: on Friday I found myself at a London event sitting next to one of the world’s least likely Newcastle United fans, Marwan J Al Sarkal, chief executive officer of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Sharjah, as every schoolboy should know, being next door to Dubai and one of the the seven […]

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SIXer’s post Newcastle Soapbox: Wonga boys lose interest at the SoL

Jake: 'six-in-a-row bliss'

Malcolm Dawson writes……one of the things that struck me about yesterday’s game was how similar the pre and post match experience was to any other game. OK the excitement, anticipation and nerves on the way to the ground were heightened and the euphoria, relief and general feel good factor on the way back to the […]

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SA’s Essay: Big Sam on beating the Mags

Jake: 'six-in-a-row bliss'

Malcolm Dawson writes….a solitary magpie landed on the roof of the bungalow next to where Pete Six(in a row)smith and I parked up before today’s game. “One for sorrow” I thought and that’s exactly what Steve McClaren sounded full of in his post match interview. Unlike Big Sam whose boys gave us something to shout […]

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Hutch’s Patch: one-word verdicts on SAFC after beating Newcastle United

Jake: 'six-in-a-row bliss'

Rob Hutchison is as happy as the rest of us but also realistic: “Never have we played so poorly and won 3-0. Took our chances mind you. Now who’s for the Magnificent Seven? (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 3-0 Newcastle United. The joy of six in a row

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Monsieur Salut writes: after an opening 40 minutes of worryingly inept football, Sunderland sprang into life to beat Newcastle 3-0 and keep the run going. Jermain Defoe’s introduction when injury left Ola Toivonen unable to continue made the difference. Suddenly, in first-half stoppage time, his pass of Premier League – one of few Sunderland mustered […]

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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 […]