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One-word Sunderland ratings: the stars, the flops, the gone or going

Pete Sixsmith rightly and as ever closed the end-of-season reviews with his excellent piece on Friday. But there’s always one straggler and it would be unfair to deny Rob Hutchison a postscript, especially since he concentrates more on individual performances in an extended version of his customary one-word, one-mark ratings after matches he attended or […]

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A Tale of Two Cities including Newcastle. Our final Sunderland season review

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It’s never over until the fat lady sings. With a strict exercise regime and sensible dietary arrangements, Pete Sixsmith is well on his way to becoming a much slimmer version of the Sixer we know and love. Let’s hope it doesn’t affect his voice or his writing, as Adele reportedly fears could happen to her. […]

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Season reviews (7):staying up under Allardyce – as seen from down under

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..last year Marcus Procopio, as Aussie as pie floater, vegemite and snags and tomato sauce joined our happy band of contributors with an early season summation of all that was wrong at SAFC. It’s well worth a revisit by clicking this link. In it he suggests that as long as a combination of […]

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Season reviews (6): one bound and free

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Malcolm Dawson writes… the sixth of our end of season reviews Ken Gambles brings back memories of Saturday mornings at the Houghton Essoldo, when no matter which end of the packet of Smith’s crisps you opened, the little blue bag was always at the other and you had to rummage through the contents before you […]

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Season review (5): how Fireman Sam saved a sinking ship on Wearside

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

In this, the latest end of season review from our regular and not so regular contributors, Paul Summerside takes a metaphorical look back at the season just gone. Short and sweet it maybe but it encapsulates the general mood on and around Wearside at the present time. ONCE AGAIN we began the season in a […]

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Season reviews (4): the love story continues now let’s climb every mountain

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Wrinkly Pete aka Peter Lynn has been delving into his record collection again to provide the inspiration for his end of term report, the fourth in our series looking back at the season just ended. After Dick Advocaat announced his departure Ellis Short must have thought “what kind of fool am I and who can […]

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Season reviews (3): Sunderland’s Special K factor

Jake: 'let's start thinking of reasons to be cheerful'

Michael Robinson is always happy when cricket returns, not least because it means Sunderland’s woes are over or close to over for another season. He contributed a review of last season and returns with some whimsical thoughts on this year’s winning race to avoid the drop … (more…)

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Sunderland’s Season review (2): reasons to be cheerful


Here in the second of our end of season reviews, Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson hopes the club has learned from mistakes made over the past few seasons, that we have seen the last of the Director of Football model and that any newly appointed Chief Executive will have an understanding of football as well as […]

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Sunderland season reviews (1): the rocky road to survival

It’s time again for Salut! Sunderland writers, regular or occasional, to look back on a season that carried the now customary threat of relegation before bursting into life with another of our extraordinary late escapes. The reviews will appear pretty much in the order they are received – feel free to have a go if […]

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Wolves and Cardiff, then Fulham and Villa. Then pick two from three (or four?) (or five?)

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Yesterday you might have seen how I – or rather our readers – came to select a number of clubs […]

Wolves, Cardiff, Bristol, Derby and Sheffield United join Middlesbrough, Villa and Fulham as our ones to watch

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Let’s go back to the start of the season (and don’t we wish we could). I polled our readers as […]

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 […]