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View from the Avenue: ‘what must happen before I watch Sunderland again’

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  Monsieur Salut writes: I detected little optimism in close season about our prospects for a quick return to the Premier League, Hope, yes, but we always suffer from that. I imagine you’d get pretty long odds just now on us recovering from a dismal start and getting back up. As things stand, there’s more […]

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Nottingham Forest guess the score. Will it be the first win at the SOL this year?

Jake: 'allow Monsieur Salut to introduce another season of Guess the Score competitions'

John McCormick writes: It’s the time of the week that all true Sunderland fans have come to fear. A chance to guess the score in a Sunderland AFC game. What will you do? Be honest and write us off? Or keep the faith and go for a win? What a choice to have to make. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Sheffield United 2. Blades cut us to pieces.

Jake

For the second time in recent games we had more possession than our opponents, yet were  beaten. I said the first time that the defeat had to be a message, for our players, for our manager and, above all, for our owner. They don’t appear to have understood, so Sheffield United obligingly repeated it. If that’s […]

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The first time ever I saw your team – Nottingham Forest.

Pete Sixsmith and memories of a cup run, as opposed to el Alamein

John McCormick writes: Fixtures come thick and fast in the Championship. No sooner have we left our (in my case metaphorical) seats after Sheffield Utd than we’re sitting back down for the arrival of Nottingham Forest. I have memories of watching Forest play us in the 60’s and it’s likely I was at some of […]

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Sheffield United Who are You?: The Full Monty, Ched Evans, miners’ strikes

Jake: 'let's be having you'

  On a train somewhere during a long trip to the United States, our Sheffield United interviewee Dave Eyre* will try to find wifi access to events at the Stadium of Light. He predicts an uneventful season for both clubs, a win on Saturday for the Blades. United are an interesting club and Dave, an […]

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Sunderland vs Sheffield United Guess the Score: anyone remember winning a home game?

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

On a mid-December day in 2016, 40,267 souls were recorded as being present when, shortly after 4pm, Patrick van Aanholt, scored the goal that proved a winner against Watford at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland have not won a home game since. Simon Grayson has had only two SoL games in charge so can hardly […]

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Salut asks – Who is Sunderland’s secret admirer?

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John McCormick writes: I had some time to kill this morning, waiting for the miserable weather to ease up, and got the computer out to check my premium bonds (I hadn’t won) and order hoover bags. I never did order the bags because I got distracted by the little red counter at the top of […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Scarborough fair as they squeeze past Workington

Sixer and Sobs

John McCormick writes – was England v Malta worth watching? I sat through it but I wasn’t impressed. I just can’t get enthused about the national team. I don’t think Pete Sixsmith thinks a lot of the England team either, but he does enjoy international weekends for the opportunity they provide to visit different clubs […]

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Sixer says: Look through any window and see Sunderland’s changing squad

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith is a man of action. As soon as the deadline passed he sprang to work, with the result that this arrived early on Friday.  We held it back a day to give our readers time to reflect on the goings-on at this club of ours. By now you’ll have had time […]

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Cardiff, Ipswich, Forest, Wolves and Sheffield Utd leave Villa, Fulham, Wednesday, Middlesbrough and SAFC standing

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Do we know owt about football? That’s what I asked a couple of years ago, when I was comparing a pre-season poll with end-of season positions. And that’s more or less what the Mrs said  when I showed her the graph I’d done to compare the current championship placings with our readers’ pre-season expectations. Just […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Goodison, ‘my favourite after Roker’

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Yesterday Bernard Walker expressed his love for Goodison Park.  Pete Sixsmith will understand why, for it is, as he says […]

Everton vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: a brief return to the big time

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut introduces another prize edition of Guess rhe Score and promises belated movement on the backlog of winners … […]

Everton Who are You?: ‘Pickford looks a great signing; Kone never did impress me’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

John McCormick writes: I talk to Evertonians most weeks. They tend not to be short of opinions – like most […]

Sixer’s Hull City Soapbox: Simon Grayson’s big band still not hitting all the right notes

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Malcolm Dawson writes……while I was watching Pete Sixsmith‘s home town club of Shildon progress to the next round of the […]

Hutch’s Hull City verdict: Olivia says hello, and keep clear of the Balti pies

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Rob Hutchison: far away at the time. Still travelling Hutch is back. If not in person then via a very […]

Sixer’s sevens: Hull City invoke the curse of the former player

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At the end Hull City had three of our former players on the pitch, so it had to happen. Nevertheless, […]