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On tour with SAFC: in praise of Cork

Liam Miller: enjoyed his home town goal Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan By Pete Sixsmith, on the road from Cork to Galway So, the caravan (or Toyota Auris) rolled on to Cork and arrived in a city that was the opposite of Dublin. Small, manageable, incredibly friendly and not full of dangerous drunks looking for a hoolie. […]

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Keano’s squad: fine wine maturing, or a bit Corked?

Just needed the tiniest of excuses to bring you a few more of Peadar O’Sullivan’s pictures. Keane: a mixed welcome Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan Peadar could not make it to Cork City to see the team he follows take on the Lads last night. So what reception would he have given the returning heroes – or, […]

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Bohemian rhapsody

This batch of pictures comes from a fabulous portfolio created during the pre-season friendly against Bohemians by Peadar O’Sullivan, passionate football fan and clearly gifted amateur photographer. Now I remember Aisling Quinn as a little girl proudly taking to the field at the Stadium of Light to help her big daddy celebrate the finale of […]

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Penmanship: my strip tease

John Penman, an East Stand regular who makes long trips down from his home in Scotland to be at games, finds a way of telling his life story through the SAFC tops he has owned and loved As I wait patiently for my new 2007-08 kit to be delivered, I cast my mind back to […]

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On tour with SAFC: Hurley, hurling and a pair of hoolies

By Pete Sixsmith in Dublin So, the season almost begins and here we are on a pre season tour. The last time I followed Sunderland abroad was an absolutely disastrous pre season to Spain. Disastrous on a personal level because my father had just died and my travelling companion’s daughter’s father-in-law was just about to. […]

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Not getting carried away

Well, I’d much rather be doing this – reporting a Sunderland win – than not. But since I refused to let a defeat at Scunthorpe depress me too much, I can hardly get over-excited about Bohemians 0 SAFC 1. Stern John, second half, after a first half described by Pete Sixsmith, Salut! Sunderland‘s man on […]

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Coming out

There are some things in life you just cannot bring yourself to say. A child abuser, I suspect, would struggle with all the implications of announcing to the world: “I’m a paedophile.” Tony Blair might not actually enjoy being ordered to exclaim: “Yep, I was a Tory all along.” Simon Cowell would never shout it […]

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Worse things happen

What was I saying? If you lose a pre-season friendly, you just wait for the boss to say it doesn’t matter because these games are all about fitness, not the results. Since I have not read a match report, that is the only positive thought I can muster on hearing of our 1-0 defeat at […]

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Len Shackleton: the sad news that was too hot to print

The other day, I came across my old Len Shackleton t-shirt in a pile of worn-less-often SAFC related togs. It may have been sandwiched between my Lionel Perez t-shirt and a couple of old tops commemorating promotions that led to relegations. Most people probably remember the Shack one from the excellent people at Philosophy Football: […]

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Roy Keane and the great transfers debate (3)

We need all the luck these bring, if Pauld is right Picture: jonesarruda It is just as well that Paul Wilson may have set the true standard, in terms of how much notice we need to take, for predictions appearing in the Guardian‘s online football pages about the prospects for Sunderland AFC under Roy Keane. […]

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The first time ever I saw your ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes Burton is one of those places you’re not likely to visit by accident if you live in […]

Burton Albion Who are You?: Brewers’ ‘Pieman’ says we can both beat relegation

Jake: 'let's be having you'

    Dave Child* is a fan of the old school. Burton Albion through and through – ‘who are Derby County?’, […]

Burton Albion vs SAFC Guess the Score: what could possibly go wrong?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Just look at the home and away table. Two wins, a draw and six defeats at home, nine goals scored […]

Sixer’s Aston Villa Soapbox: neither a bang nor a whimper

Jake: 'here's the one report you should read, Chris'

Chris Coleman is unlikely to see this at all and, should he accidentally find himself at this page, still less […]

Hutch’s one-word ratings after Aston Villa defeat: who was drab, who was ‘crablike’?

Jake: 'is it to be Coleman delivers?'

Monsieur Salut writes: had I been able to make it – up for me, from London – for Chris Coleman’s […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 2-1 SAFC. Coleman sees measure of his task

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Pete Sixsmith saw Chris Coleman’s managership start in painfully familiar fashion, yet another bright start undone by yet another piece […]