Archive | 2016

Playing the sub v Watford: the view from the lower North Stand

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Ed was away; he left me his season ticket and thanks to his generosity I watched the lads for free if I don’t count the 8 gallons of petrol, the couple of bottles of wine for Susan (my sister, who put me up) and a couple of pre-match pints for designated driver Paul. (more…)

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Watford come unstuck as PvA scores for Sunderland

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..Pete Sixsmith was at the match yesterday but today he’s tied up with festive duties spreading peace and merriment in the heart of Magland so it falls on me to leave the subs’ bench and step up onto the soapbox to bring you my take on yesterday’s proceedings. Sunderland 1 – Watford 0 […]

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Moyes on the Boyes post-Watford: ‘Donald Love my man of the match’

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David Moyes‘s post-match messages may have become more impersonal – no ‘Dear Colin’s or ‘all the best’s, but we can live with that as long as the team is winning … the manager and Monsieur Salut differ on the identity of Sunderland’s man of the match in the 1-0 win against Watford (I chose Denayer […]

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Sunderland Observed: Sixer’s half-term report

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  Britain’s best newspaper – remember those useful if outdated things? – came calling again and Pete Sixsmith answered The Observer‘s call, with this half-term report (written before the win vs Watford)…   We are deeply entrenched in the annual relegation battle, have been told there is no money to spend and the owner has […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1-0 Watford. PvA’s super finish brings precious win

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http://salutsunderland.com/2016/12/sixers-sevens-sunderland-1-0-watford-pvas-super-finish/ Monsieur Salut writes: as significant, almost, as the three precious points from this 1-0 win, was the vast improvement in the play of my man of the match Jason Denayer and the often (and rightly) criticised Adnan Januzaj. The goal came from a splendid Januzaj-Defoe-van Aanholt move and PvA’s finish was sublime. This is […]

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The Things We Do For Love of Sunderland. And the winner is …

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The Things We Do For Love competition attracted some excellent entries, some great memories. Choosing a winner of the above print of Roker Park – with mighty thanks to our generous sponsors http://www.wearedorothy.com – was tough. Check out the earlier mentions of the competition here and, when Pete Sixsmith’s reminiscences on Sunderland in the European […]

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SAFC v Watford Who are You?: Kaboul ‘a good guy to have around’

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Mike Parkin*, co-presenter of the Watford FC podcast ‘From the Rookery End’ and the club’s blogger at ESPN, readily agreed to answer questions ahead of Saturday’s game at the Stadium of Light … he fears our luck may finally have run out (more…)

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Sunderland v Watford Guess the Score: last prize edition of 2016

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See these (above) and other Art of Football prints by clicking anywhere on this caption Successive defeats have dumped Sunderland straight back at the bottom after all the promise of our mini-revival.   Most of us get fed up with being told this or that match is “must win”. We could beat Watford handsomely and […]

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Sixer’s Chelsea Soapbox: decent showing but not enough to stop the Blues

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..there was a bloke in a Chelsea shirt cleaning the headlights of his van, parked in front of us as I got back to the car last night and as I usually do when I see an opposition fan after the game, I asked him what his thoughts were. My past experiences of […]

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Moyes on the Boys post-Chelsea: ‘be braver on the ball, Lads’

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In reality David Moyes, unlike his predecessors, does not start his post-match e-mails with a salutation. ‘Dear Colin’ is therefore a made-up device on the part of Monsieur Salut. What was there to say about the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea – a logical outcome of bottom versus top, boys against men, honest endeavour overwhelmed by […]

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From Rotherham to Wycombe Wanderers via Shrewsbury Town, Southend United and Tranmere Rovers: our third financial ramble

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Here are the last five of the clubs in League One apart from Blackpool, Bolton, Bury and Sunderland, who will […]

From MK Dons to Rochdale via Oxford, Peterborough and Portsmouth: it’s a short financial ramble

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It was on 18th June that I put up the first in this series, covering the League One clubs beginning […]

Rotherham: where better to celebrate Sunderland’s promotion?

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This time last year, we were wondering whether a May weekend in Southend would be our promotion party. We know […]

Lasses cannot play football. Will the Women’s World Cup finally bury this falsehood?

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Who, like me, looked on in admiration at Janine Beckie’s corners for Canada against New Zealand and thought, “let’s hope […]

An evening with Nyron and helping hands for a Sunderland school and the fans’ museum

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Roy Keane famously said the less time Nyron Nosworthy spent on the ball, the better for all concerned. He was […]

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