Archive | December, 2016

Moyes on the Boys v Burnley. ‘We kept going’ (and sold out the away end yet again*)

Burnley John McCormick writes: As David Moyes writes his final post-match letter of 2016 to Colin we’re left wondering what 2017 will bring. Some decent players? A bit of spirit? A change in our luck? As if! Ah, well, it’s what supporting Sunderland’s all about. Happy New Year, and let’s not forget we’ve been here before. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens from Burnley: ‘probably the worst Sunderland display this century’

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Monsieur Salut writes: unhappy texts flowed between Turf Moor and me today. I cannot recall an occasion when it seemed right to post Pete Sixsmith‘s seven-word instant verdict as the headline. This was one. I watched and listened as best I could and Gary Bennett got it spot-on – ‘no communication, no will to win, […]

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Weighing up our chances at Burnley and at home to Liverpool

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Just a quick update ahead of our two games over the New Year period, away to Burnley tomorrow and at home to Liverpool 48 hours later. It seemed sensible to bring together Guess the Score into one joint competition, though structured to allow for single entries too. (more…)

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Liverpool Who are You? ´Mood of great excitement in half the city’

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Do you remember Evertonian Hannah Myers*, who came second in our “Who are you?” annual awards (beaten only by former manager Denis Smith) a couple of seasons ago? Now it’s her brother’s turn to grace our website, but he happens to be of the red persuasion. So you might detect a little sibling rivalry as Tom Easby gives us the […]

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Pickford injury a terrible blow but gives Vito chance to shine again

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With great respect to Vito Mannone, who has had fine moments in goal for Sunderland and is quite capable of stepping back successfully into first team action, the loss of Jordan Pickford for up to two months can be seen only as a cruel and massive setback. “We’re looking at 6-8 weeks, it’s a major […]

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Burnley Who are You?: ‘I’d take Larsson, Defoe and Pickford if Heaton left’

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  Let us meet Andy Robinson*, our Burnley ‘Who are you?’ volunteer for both forthcoming games between us, at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday and at our place in the FA Cup a week later. Andy, who says he hasn’t missed many home games in 30 years, loyally wants and predicts wins […]

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New Year message to Ellis: please don’t cut David Moyes short

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The jury is probably still out on both David Moyes and Ellis Short. Sunderland’s recent run has given hope but that hope will disintegrate if we do not continue to pick up points, from the higher-placed clubs as well as fellow-strugglers. This is where Ellis Short comes in: is he simply being canny, letting it […]

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Burnley and Liverpool Guess the Scores. Prizes at the treble

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Liverpool’s ultimately easy 4-1 win against Stoke City confirms what we already knew – that Monday’s game against Jurgen Klopp’s side will be tough. Even if Simon Mignolet keeps his place and makes more errors than usual, they have bags of goals in them. That makes Saturday’s game all the more important. The good work of […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: ‘there’s more to Man Utd than Zlatan’

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John McCormick writes: I wasn’t surprised at Ndong’s error but thought Denayer’s was even worse. Perhaps it was tiredness, perhaps just someone failed to move into a space when he expected otherwise. Whatever, those mistakes cost us dear  as without them it would have been 1-1, thanks to a goal by Borini. Or would it? […]

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Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland. Nowhere near the end of the world


  If we can go on scoring goals like this, from Fabio Borini and only by then for pride and goal difference, we’ll be all right. Having spent Christmas in France – just three nights – I was driving home when the match against Manchester United kicked off. I’d boldly gone for 1-1 at ESPN […]

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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’

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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 […]