Archive | May, 2016

Relegation watch revisted (1): admit it, we fans know nowt about football*

Regular visitors will know I’ve been in the habit of looking at the relegation spots for the last couple of years. I haven’t wanted to, it’s just that I’m not sure where the top half of the table is. So, about a year ago, instead of making my own predictions, I asked readers which clubs […]

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One-word Sunderland ratings: the stars, the flops, the gone or going

Pete Sixsmith rightly and as ever closed the end-of-season reviews with his excellent piece on Friday. But there’s always one straggler and it would be unfair to deny Rob Hutchison a postscript, especially since he concentrates more on individual performances in an extended version of his customary one-word, one-mark ratings after matches he attended or […]

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A Tale of Two Cities including Newcastle. Our final Sunderland season review

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

It’s never over until the fat lady sings. With a strict exercise regime and sensible dietary arrangements, Pete Sixsmith is well on his way to becoming a much slimmer version of the Sixer we know and love. Let’s hope it doesn’t affect his voice or his writing, as Adele reportedly fears could happen to her. […]

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Win a trip to the Euros: Hodgson snubs Defoe, who should go?

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Win a trip to the Euros … read on Roy Hodgson has probably worked out where Sunderland is on the map but not clearly enough to make him select an in-form striker, who grabbed an astonishing tally of 15 Premier League goals despite playing for a team that spent most of the season in the […]

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The ‘Who are You?’ Awards frontrunners: West Brom, Tottenham … and Exeter

Jake: 'with thanks to all opposing fans who participate'

It is that time of year. Salut! Sunderland is preparing to make its annual HAWAY awards, honouring the best of our “Who are You?” interviewees among opposing supporters. The interviews ahead of each match often reach the highest standards (the answers, I mean with due modesty, not the questions) and we are delighted to offer […]

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Season reviews (7):staying up under Allardyce – as seen from down under

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..last year Marcus Procopio, as Aussie as pie floater, vegemite and snags and tomato sauce joined our happy band of contributors with an early season summation of all that was wrong at SAFC. It’s well worth a revisit by clicking this link. In it he suggests that as long as a combination of […]

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Season reviews (6): one bound and free

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Malcolm Dawson writes… the sixth of our end of season reviews Ken Gambles brings back memories of Saturday mornings at the Houghton Essoldo, when no matter which end of the packet of Smith’s crisps you opened, the little blue bag was always at the other and you had to rummage through the contents before you […]

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Season review (5): how Fireman Sam saved a sinking ship on Wearside

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

In this, the latest end of season review from our regular and not so regular contributors, Paul Summerside takes a metaphorical look back at the season just gone. Short and sweet it maybe but it encapsulates the general mood on and around Wearside at the present time. ONCE AGAIN we began the season in a […]

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Season reviews (4): the love story continues now let’s climb every mountain

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Wrinkly Pete aka Peter Lynn has been delving into his record collection again to provide the inspiration for his end of term report, the fourth in our series looking back at the season just ended. After Dick Advocaat announced his departure Ellis Short must have thought “what kind of fool am I and who can […]

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Season reviews (3): Sunderland’s Special K factor

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Michael Robinson is always happy when cricket returns, not least because it means Sunderland’s woes are over or close to over for another season. He contributed a review of last season and returns with some whimsical thoughts on this year’s winning race to avoid the drop … (more…)

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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 games […]

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 […]

SAFC vs PNE Guess the Score: the Coleman factor and keeping faith

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

Monsieur Salut writes: here’s another Guess the Score. Pete Sixsmith may or may not enter but is already fearful of […]