Archive | July, 2017

After Celtic drubbing, should we bet on promotion or avoidance of relegation?

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Monsieur Salut writes: what were our honest expectations for the coming season on, say, Friday night? And 24 hours later, after SAFC 0-5 Celtic? Did they dip still lower after hearing Darron Gibson’s unwisely expressed assessment of the true level of commitment among the players at Simon Grayson’s disposal? Too many questions. Let’s see how […]

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Putting SAFC 0-5 Celtic ‘into context’. Prize competition

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The first thing I saw after the result was this tweet from Paul Nicholson Bad result 4 @SunderlandAFC today but shd be put into context. @celticfc already plyd competitive games & are a wk or 2 ahead in prep #safc — Paul Nicholson (@PaulNic_Journo) July 29, 2017 (more…)

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A strange feeling, from a stalwart supporter

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John McCormick writes: many of you will know at first glance that the photo on the left is of Ian Todd. Others may not and, perhaps, would appreciate some kind of introduction. I’m not sure I’m equipped to provide one, other than to say this man is the kind of Sunderland supporter I’d like to […]

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Sixer’s Scunthorpe Soapbox: no Lincolnshire classic on a flat night in Scunny

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Malcolm Dawson writes……at half time last night, I sent Pete Sixsmith a text. He was watching the boys in red and white going through the motions in industrial Lincolnshire and confirmed what the intermittent commentary on the SAFC website suggested, that this was not a pre-season classic. “Avoid the A1(M)” I said having returned from […]

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Lens absent as Sunderland manage only a draw at Scunthorpe

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Pete Sixsmith was at Glanford Park for Scunthorpe United 0-0 Sunderland. “As inspiring as an Ed Sheeran album” was his slightly harsh (but on whom?) seven-word verdict. What matters was not so much one pre-season performance as the arrival of more new players and the absence of another. (more…)

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Thanks for the memories, Tommy Sorensen. Stoke, Aston Villa fans may agree

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Pete Sixsmith bids a fond farewell to Thomas Sorensen, a great Sunderland goalkeeper of recent times, as he puts away his gloves and enters retirement (from playing at any rate) … Thomas Sorensen announced his retirement today, ending a distinguished career that has taken him from Denmark via Wearside, Birmingham, the Potteries and Australia’s second […]

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Sixer’s Bradford Soapbox: Jeremain Lens a consummate artist

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Pete Sixsmith took another one of his short breaks to visit a new non-league ground, sample a few pints of real ale and wax lyrical over a Sunderland player who most people expect not to be gracing the Championship in the upcoming season. Personally I hope that Simon Grayson can persuade all his squad […]

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Sixer’s Bradford Seven: Lens and Khazri excellent in friendly win

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Malcolm Dawson writes…… following his trip to Nottingham where Pete Sixsmith saw Shildon AFC come away with a two all draw against Basford United on Friday night, he stopped off at Valley Parade to witness a youthful Josh Maja, a possibly soon to be departing Jeremaine Lens and the unlikely goal machine that is Billy […]

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Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

Back when he was one of ours.

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it was not surprising; nor, given our club’s wretched history in the transfer market in recent years, has been the realisation that we did not appear to have had anyone lined up. With the start of […]

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West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. It isn’t, as I keep telling them, and now there’s proof. But first I must make mention of Huddersfield, whose fans were told – some nine or ten years ago, apparently – that any who […]

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Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

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The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]

How our Coventry friends hijacked Salut! Sunderland’s League One promotion poll

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No sour grapes. We – or those of us with too much time on our hands – might well have […]

Bravo England and Sunderland’s Jordans. And now, Allez les Bleus

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Monsieur Salut writes: so sad. England should have been two or three up at half time but lost their way […]

Sixer’s pre-season soapbox: normal service resumes at Darlington

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I was in the environs of Darlington yesterday afternoon and pondered whether to hang about and take advantage […]

Burton, Scunthorpe or Peterborough – who’ll join Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton and Portsmouth?

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UPDATE: we saw the poll had grown, improbably, to 11,000+ votes with Coventry way out in front on 26 per […]