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Dick’s post West Ham Advochaat: I’m proud of the players

Jake: 'oh Jeremain!'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..on the way back from today’s game Pete Sixsmith got a text suggesting that Big Dick had checked out of the Ramside and sent flowers to the staff. Of course with the international break coming up maybe he’s just off to see the missus to tell her that today the boys in red […]

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Dick’s Man Utd Advochaat: feeding the faithful crumbs of comfort

Jake: never looked like scoring

Malcolm Dawson writes….my choice of match today was Consett v Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Cup second qualifying round. And entertaining it was too with the the Yorkshire side fortunate to win with the last kick of the game after the referee, with whistle to his lips, failed to blow for a foul on […]

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Dick’s Man City Advochaat: it’s a funny old game as City crush Cats

Jake: 'God help us Part One'

Malcolm Dawson writes……….I thought we started well enough. I thought we might have grabbed the lead. But soon normal service (or lack of it) was resumed. A penalty down the other end of the ground looked soft from where I was sitting but I’ll wait for the highlights to see why it was awarded. We […]

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Dick’s Bournemouth Advochaat: no passion or fight at The Vitality Stadium

Jake: 'things must get better - and by that I don't mean only  narrower defeat'

Malcolm Dawson writes…….you’d think that after more than 40 years of following Sunderland AFC I’d have learned not to build up my hopes and adopt an optimistic view of things to come. After enduring the debacles of the Leicester and Norwich games I thought there was enough evidence against Spurs to show we had turned […]

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Dick’s Tottenham Advochaat: not what we deserved

No - not Jake's image for next Monday but can he possibly better this one from an earlier game?

Malcolm Dawson writes….we looked like a team that knows what it’s about today. At least for the first hour or so. Borini, Gomez and Toivonen started but lacking match fitness began to tire after the hour mark. All the new boys looked good. M’Vila slotted into the holding role well and his tireless running and […]

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Dick’s post Villa Advochaat: happy with a point after losing control

Jake: 'WE WERE Jake: 'WINNING! (for almost three minutes). Good point though'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..we don’t have a great record in recent times against Villa so a point is welcome even if it does mean we go back to the bottom of the table – thanks to Stoke City shooting themselves in their metaphorical feet, against their former cult hero manager Tony Pulis. But for the second […]

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Dick’s Exeter Advochaat: six goals good – three goals bad

Jake: 'gorging on goals'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..we would all have been happier with 3-0. Dick too by the sound of it in his post match e-mail to M Salut and the rest. A three goal margin sounds comfortable and in the end it was – but not before the defensive collywobbles took hold. The rest of the Premier League […]

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Dick’s post Swansea Advochaat: passion on and off the pitch

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Malcolm Dawson writes…’s usually a good sign when I can watch a game and not spend time thinking about what I’m going to have for my tea when I get home. Last week I could have planned the entire banquet for the Women’s Institute which is the current focus of BBC’s “Great British Menu.” Today […]

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Dick’s post Norwich Advochaat: brief and to the point. Or is that to the pointless?

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John McCormick writes: I didn’t have a good feeling about this game. I don’t know why; possibly it’s because we’re crap. And when that first goal went in I thought, Oh, bugger. Still, these things happen and we can come back from them, can’t we? As if, as my PE teacher friend once used to […]

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Dick’s post-Leicester Advochaat: And what can we learn from today….?

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John McCormick writes: I spent the afternoon in Whiston Hospital, a phone and internet free zone, so I had no idea of what was happening at Leicester. So far so good, you might think, but as we drove up, just as the teams came out, I thought back to the last time I was there. […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]