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McCormick’s Craic: where was England’s flair?

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Spain stutters through to the final, France ponders the rights and wrongs of stripping surly players of their bonuses and, once again, the national side leaves a major competition, outplayed and outclassed. John McCormick, on furlough in Westmorland, reflects upon the words of his wife and asks “where’s the flair?”… (more…)

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Au revoir Angleterre, goodbye France: Nasri’s parting shame, England’s limited game

Image: Gene Hunt Late news: big debate brewing in France on whether certain players – the suspects, by and large and overlooking the squad’s surly return to French soil, are identified below – should receive their €100,000-a-man bonuses for reaching the last eight … The first thing to say is that Euro 2012 seems to […]

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Euro 2012, rooting for Roy: ‘how wrong I was, even about England’

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If Pete Sixsmith only knew how few people would bother to stray here, he might not have delayed his departure for the Stadium of Light and Bruce Springsteen long enough to rattle off some thoughts on his developing fondness for the Euros. But I am glad he did … (more…)

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Euro 2012: Nothing to fear England?

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A new contributer, Josh Galley*, gives us his impressions of the opening salvos of Euro 2012 and the new manager’s approach to the task in hand. Reflecting on the build up and the first few fixtures, Josh has seen plenty of positives but isn’t yet ready to go overboard … (more…)

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Euro 2012: so far, not bad despite Mexican waves and the commentariat

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Pete Sixsmith gave a chilly welcome to the start of the tournament but is beginning to warm to it, even the commentary and punditry are challenging his blood pressure … (more…)

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France 1 England 1: just like watching Chelsea – or Sunderland

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It has now become officially fashionable – that is to say permitted by the BigClubCentric sportswriters – to regard defence as a proper part of playing football. (more…)

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France versus England – and a French John Motson with attitude

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The French media build-up to tomorrow’s game, England v France, has dwelt on England’s great capacity to disappoint in high competition, the injuries and disruptions to Roy Hodgson’s squad and the confidence derived from a long unbeaten run and some striking French form in the last few friendlies. (more…)

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Interest rate at all time low in Eurozone

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With all the news of crisis in the financial institutions of the Eurozone, Pete Sixsmith’s anticipation of football’s equivalent matches his enthusiasm for the Jubilee. It’s not even as if he could appreciate the long bank holiday now he is no longer required to clock in for work everyday. Durham County Cricket Club’s dismal start […]

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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’

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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 […]