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Sunderland vs Brentford Who are You?: ‘I hope you stay up’

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Monsieur Salut writes: if I cannot actually see Griffin Park from where I write, I could walk it in 15-20 minutes. I have lived in this part of west London for 30+ years. My younger daughter’s first senior game as a player was a 5-5 draw in the red and white stripes of Brentford (she […]

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Sunderland vs Brentford prize Guess the Score: a win for a win?

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Wrinkly Pete has given up on his 3-3 predictions and 4-3 didn’t quite happen. Some guessed a Bristol City romp but no one had us down for a 3-3 draw, so no Guess the Score winner last Saturday. We now turn our attentions to Brentford at home. And wouldn’t it be nice to award a […]

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The Lars Word from Bristol City 3-3 SAFC. From disgust to euphoria

Lars Knutsen - Wearside through and through

Lars Knutsen knows how to choose them. Back from his USA exile (correcting the earlier reference, he still travels there a lot but family needs prompted him to relocate), he made it to the Bristol City game. Pete Sixsmith has already woven his familiar magic; here is an outstanding account from Lars of his own […]

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Sixers’ Bristol City soapbox – and it’s worth waiting for

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

John McCormick writes: There have been few “…and I was there…” games in the last couple of years, after a slew which included Wembley; four, five and six in a row; a win at Chelsea and coming back from 2-0 down at Anfield. But this match, where we played so badly for 45 minutes and returned home […]

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After Bristanbul, where’s Sixer when you need him?

acute observations by Sixer

We know who was at Ashton Gate for the great return from the dead. Olivia Hutchison was there and her shortest of video clips, capturing the exhilaration of the away end after a composite known as OG scored his second, our third, has been repeated over and again at Twitter. @livvhutchison SCENES from away end […]

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Hutch’s one-worders from Bristol City 3-3 SAFC. How equaliser made a daughter’s day

Olivia

Usually, if he’s there, Rob Hutchison dictates one-word player-by-player verdicts and his daughter Olivia passes them on to us. Today, he was absent. She was there – and how she enjoyed the last few minutes of a game we once seems destined to lose by a cricket score. ‘The worst 45 minutes of football followed […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Bristol City 3-3 Sunderland. Suddenly fit to wear the shirt

Jake

Monsieur Salut writes: John McCormick, setting up this week’s Sixer’s Sevens, wrote: ‘We might not be expecting a result at Ashton Gate but we should expect something from our team.  Commitment, pride, maybe even a modicum of skill. And hopefully a structure that works and which will provide a framework for a climb out of […]

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Rest easy, Liam Miller

By Peadar O'Sullivan (originally posted to Flickr as Liam Miller) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Whatever our feelings as yet another Sunderland horror show is staged (NB: thoroughly mitigated by an astonishing second-half fightback at Ashton Gate bringing us a 3-3 draw), it would be criminal not to offer a tribute to Liam Miller, who has died at the cruelly young age of 36 from pancreatic cancer. (more…)

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Made Bristol City seem worldbeaters. What a shambles but what a comeback!

Sixer's not bitter

Late Update. Monsieur Salut says: Barnes and Benno both said no one could have seen it coming. My own concluding line to this piece was tongue in cheek. But the unthinkable happened: we came back to draw. Still a shambles at times – SAFC could have been six down before the first of ours went […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bristol City and Ashton Gate

Pete Sixsmith

John McCormick writes: I hitched to quite a few games – including some at Roker Park – and I do remember going down the M5 in a Reliant Robin when it (the M5, not the car) was a two-lane motorway. I still believe its  front wheel (the car’s, not the M5’s) left the ground when we went […]

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Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland Guess the Score: more misery or modest redemption?

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We went early with the latest of Pete Sixsmith’s chronicles of doom from the Stadium of Light. He’s off to […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bolton Wanderers, Burnden Park and the Macron

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

John McCormick writes: Every footballer and fan should be honoured to visit a club like Bolton Wanderers but I’ve never […]

A View from the Avenue: have the miracles run out?

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

Paul Summerside doesn’t mince his words. He calls himself a ‘lapsed SAFC fan’ but is one of 20,000+ longing to […]

Sixer’s Brentford Soapbox: warmth from sunshine, warmth for Liam Miller, otherwise chilly

Sixer's Soapbox (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith will be on his way tomorrow to watch his beloved rugby league. It rarely fails to put a […]

Sixer’s sevens: Brentford exploit our defensive frailty

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

1-0 down after 15 minutes, 2-0 after half an hour. Jones booked five minutes later. What a surprise. How much […]

The heart of old Sunderland remembered

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Mike Dennison, well known to subscribers to the Black Cats e-mail loop, alerts us to a fascinating book of Sunderland […]