Archive | November, 2015

A romp through the history of Sunderland kits. And a prize competition

The new home kit: courtesy of safc.com

What are the best and worst SAFC shirts you can remember? Below, our occasional contributor John Penman takes you on a colourful tour of his own history of owning them whether good, bad or plain ugly. BUT FIRST A COMPETITION – WHICH EXPLAINS WHY COMMENTS ARE DISABLED FOR THIS POST: Salut! Sunderland and Classic Football […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: more positive, fewer negatives after Sunderland sink Stoke

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith is about to go out, may even have already gone out, to do his Christmas duty on the Polar Express. When he gets back, he’ll no doubt sit down with his rosy cheeks, slippers, pipe and his ho, ho, ho to see what comments our readers have left on his report. Will they agree […]

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SA’s essay: Sam’s Happy, we’re happy. Out of the bottom three

John McCormick writes: Ed posted on facebook that he was dressed for winter before he headed off for his normal berth in the North Stand. Why shouldn’t he feel the cold, given that there has been a chill wind blowing for so long that I can feel it as far south as Liverpool. But after […]

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Hutch’s Patch: Watmore floors Stoke, nearly tops the lot in one-word verdicts

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

Rob Hutchison is quick off the mark with his one-word verdicts and marks out of 10 after the 2-0 win over Stoke City. Duncan Watmore’s his playing star but Big Sam collects an extra point for his tactical nous (Monsieur Salut agreed with Gary Bennett’s verdict: PVA was the man of the match). Hutch says (referring […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2 Stoke City 0. Thrilling PVA and Watmore clinchers

Monsieur Salut writes: we’ve been as critical as any others of Patrick van Aanholt this season. So let’s hear it for him after his second fine game in six days was capped by a matchwinning performance. His superb strike put us ahead and then, to Pete Sixmsith‘s delight, Duncan Watmore’s enthusiasm and appetite was rewarded […]

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Sixer Says: Liverpool overcome Under21s despite Danny Graham goals in stirring fightback

Same score in our favour as Tuesday would do nicely, says Jake

From a late cameo role to help preserve the lead at Crystal Palace, Danny Graham – in his 31st year – went straight into the Under 21s lineup to face Liverpool in a league cup tie. Top of the Barclays U21 Premier League, SAFC had already beaten the Scousers once and surely started favourites. Graham […]

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SAFC v Stoke Who Are You: ‘Sir Stan, Walters, Whelan, Bardo. Oops’

Jake: 'three wins by November 28 cannot be too much to ask'

It’s been a while since we heard from Richard Hulme*, on his own account a veteran of more than half a century as a Stoke City supporter. The wait was worth it. These are cracking replies, rich in insight, history and anecdote – even if he does think our number may be up. He could […]

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Sunderland v Stoke City Guess the Score rollover: win while we’re singing

Guess the Score in Derby County vs SAFC. Click on Jake's image to enter. Derby fans welcome to have a go

Bravo to Sam and the Lads for a very committed display at Palace, with more decent football than the “ugly but effective” comments would have you believe. Three precious points won, the fans at Selhurst Park for once rewarded for singing their hearts out … but can we keep it going? This, after all, is […]

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Hutch’s Patch: one word ratings after the Palace coup

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

Rob Hutchison is to the point. Or, after Monday, to three points if you prefer. In his one word summary you’ll find fulsome praise, for a change, and could his grades include a first perfect 10 for someone other than a referee? Yes they could. Who gets it? Read on: (more…)

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Sixer’s Soapbox: the view from the couch on winning at Crystal Palace

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

Monsieur Salut writes: poor Pete Sixsmith. He ruled out a Monday night at London’s least accessible ground a while ago. But he fought through the trenches of ticket acquisition to get me there and will learn only when reading these words that I did not make it. I plead pressure of work, not despair at […]

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Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: Oh oh oh it’s Maja…….and a dozen or so others!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..on the walk back to the car yesterday, I saw a yellow legged gull scrapping for a discarded […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it […]

The First Time Ever I saw Your Team: Rochdale

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A couple of days ago I thought I’d got it wrong, writes John McCormick, and should be looking at trains […]

The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

Jesus saves: but did John tap in the rebound? Read on for the full story

Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up […]

Branch Lines: calling all SAFCSA branches. Don’t miss your connection

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For those Sunderland supporters who take the trouble to visit these pages regularly, it will come as no surprise that […]

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 […]