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The Lars Word: surviving Suarez, a Sunderland fan’s soft spot for Liverpool

Despite a curious but brief boyhood flirtation with Peterborough United, Monsieur Salut does not really approve of “second teams”. But he can think of Sunderland supporters who would share Lars Knutsen‘s declaration of more than grudging respect and admiration for Liverpool – plus a few who would profess to loathe them … (more…)

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Another team I like: Histon, conquerors of once-mighty Leeds

As I cleared the spam box of drivel about colon cleansing, quack weight loss treatments and fake designer handbags, it dawned on me that our own Pete Sixsmith isn’t the only Sunderland fan with a strong, occasionally stronger (like last night, when he gave Colchester a miss) attachment to non-league footie. Stephen “FTM” Thompson*, the […]

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Another team I like: (3) the Two Blues of Bishop Auckland

Long before Bill Taylor set up home in the other Toronto, the one that that isn’t quite capital of Canada, he lived near Toronto, Co Durham. In Bishop Auckland, to be precise, home of great conker trees in the Bishop’s park and – during his boyhood – the all-conquering Two Blues at Kingsway. Bishop Auckland […]

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Another team I like: (2) the Tour de France (teams)

Image: Le Rouleur Lent When I lived in Paris, part of the finale of the Tour de France took place in the street five floors beneath my front window. It left me cold. All it meant was that it was a lot harder to get around. Pete Sixsmith begs to differ, and just loves those […]

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Another team I like: (1) Peterborough United

Probably everyone has another team they’re fond of. Most regulars to these pages live, breathe, love Sunderland AFC. Some of us would not dream of having a “second club”. But there are equally loyal fans do who have such a thing in their lives, and indeed third or fourth clubs, too, and many of the […]

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Moyes on the boys v Bournemouth: “…nobody is going to talk about the performance*”

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John McCormick writes: To read the above in our manager’s post-match missive* you might think we went down 5-6 to […]

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-1 Bournemouth. Dead and buried. That’s official

Jake: 'after a lengthy flirtation and courtship, the relationship is finally consummated.'

Pete Sixsmith today witnessed his ninth relegation. He and Monsieur Salut were both around for the one before that, Sunderland’s […]

‘Game plan, you’re assuming David Moyes has one?’: Sixer to Bournemouth fansite

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

#SAFC v #AFCB "Ah, you are assuming he has a gameplan?" A sceptical Pete Sixsmith from @salutsunderland speaks https://t.co/WGqup3ZvQW pic.twitter.com/BklLZognk4 […]

Wrinkly Pete’s Crystal Ball: Middlesbrough suddenly make the screen look clearer

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So has our Wrinkly one, who also answers to Peter Lynn, finally seen the light staring back at him from […]

Sixer’s Middlesbrough Soapbox: time for a reality check Moyesey old son

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Malcolm Dawson writes….criticised for his negative comments after his side’s defeat in what was considered this season’s first local derby, […]

Bournemouth Who are You?: ‘how have Sunderland lasted so long?’

NB: this appears slightly out of sequence ahead of Pete Sixsmith’s report from the Riverside, where the poor man witnessed […]