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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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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

Jake's back - and so are  Charlton

Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

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

Margaret Byrne

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)

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

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