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Hutch’s Patch: the despair of one boy’s plea to Moyes after Chelsea

M Salut: I trust dad was keeping a close eye on this ...

Rob Hutchison is not always restricted to one-word, one-mark ratings after games he’s (mostly) seen us lose. Scenes at Stamford Bridge after Sunday’s thrashing caught his eye … (more…)

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Hutch’s Patch post-Chelsea: ‘culpable, fragile, tragic’ – match the words and players

Rob Hutchison: posing somewhere, not in London

Rob Hutchison – inexplicably renamed Ron when this first appeared – gets to lots of games, almost all of them away since he’s exiled in the south. He and his daughter, Olivia, enjoy the day out, like meeting up with old and new friends and then – for the most part – endure the football. […]

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Hutch’s one-word ratings after Bournemouth defeat

Rob Hutchison: posing somewhere, not in London

Rob Hutchison – or should we say Olivia’s dad? – went Monsieur Salut’s route and found an internet stream. These are his one-word verdicts on the team, plus this succinct summary: ‘thank goodness that’s over’ … he somehow missed out Manquillo and Khazri so I have volunteered entries … Pickford 7 faultless Love 4 loveless […]

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Hutch’s Patch: one-word ratings from Watford make for grim reading

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Rob Hutchison might have picked a better day to resume his one-word ratings, usually from away games since they are the ones he mostly attends. His verdicts – one word, one mark out of 10 – closely follow those of Monsieur Salut (for ESPN) … (more…)

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Hutch’s Patch: Crystal Palace – big in Saigon

Rob Hutchison: posing somewhere, not in London

*******       CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ENLARGE FOR A CLEARER VIEW       ******* Rob Hutchison, as most of us know, is a man of relatively few words. His one-word, one-mark ratings after each Sunderland game he attends (mostly the aways) can be caustic and cruel,  or more rarely ecstatic and […]

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Rob’s one word ratings. Who got a 4?

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Rob Hutchison recovered from the London Branch 50th birthday party and then found something else to celebrate. Here are his one-word ratings from the Palace match (or mismatch if you like). They’re a bit better than those we’ve become accustomed to and doesn’t it feel good that they are so well merited? (more…)

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SAFC London Branch welcomes Bains, Ball and Moyes pre-Palace

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..what with M Salut galavanting around the Orient and me having body parts and invasive extras removed in Sunderland Royal last week, it has fallen to John McCormick to keep the site ticking over and a stirling job he’s done too. But I’m home now and though the bulk of the post Palace […]

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WBA v SAFC: Rob’s one word ratings – we’re toast kids

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We weren’t expecting much more were we? The positive predictions in “Guess the Score” were surely the result of optimistic loyalty and the truth is we are a poor side with scant resources and a manager whose best King Canute efforts are not stopping the tide of impending doom. Our single word summariser Rob Hutchison […]

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The Devil’s Advocate: stop squealing, stick together. And Eric Roy agrees

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Rob Hutchison keeps it short and, well, you can judge the sweetness … and our much-admired former midfielder Eric Roy tells us to be patient with the new or newish players … ‘Tis the season of peace and goodwill to all men, the season to be jolly, full of glad tidings and merriment. Not in […]

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Hutch’s Patch: some grumpy Sunderland ratings from Swansea

Rob Hutchison: posing somewhere, not in London

Rob Hutchison dictated his one-word ratings to his daughter Olivia as they returned, subdued, from south-west Wales. ‘He’s rather grumpy,’ she reports. Both worried the poor performanced represented a ‘return to type’ – but both heartily praised supporters of both sides for the Bradley Lowery chant on five minutes: ‘brought tears to my eyes,’ though […]

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Sixer’s Scunthorpe Soapbox: no Lincolnshire classic on a flat night in Scunny

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Malcolm Dawson writes……at half time last night, I sent Pete Sixsmith a text. He was watching the boys in red […]

Lens absent as Sunderland manage only a draw at Scunthorpe

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Pete Sixsmith was at Glanford Park for Scunthorpe United 0-0 Sunderland. “As inspiring as an Ed Sheeran album” was his […]

Thanks for the memories, Tommy Sorensen. Stoke, Aston Villa fans may agree

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Pete Sixsmith bids a fond farewell to Thomas Sorensen, a great Sunderland goalkeeper of recent times, as he puts away […]

Sixer’s Bradford Soapbox: Jeremain Lens a consummate artist

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Pete Sixsmith took another one of his short breaks to visit a new non-league ground, sample a few pints […]

Sixer’s Bradford Seven: Lens and Khazri excellent in friendly win

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Malcolm Dawson writes…… following his trip to Nottingham where Pete Sixsmith saw Shildon AFC come away with a two all […]

Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]