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View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home fixture against Norwich at the Stadium of Light, rather than the Colliery Welfare ground in Hetton. I never seem to enjoy U23 games at the Stadium as much, partly because the small number of supporters […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Fleetwood grab a point at Stadium of Light

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….rather like Chris Maguire and Josh Maja, Pete Sixsmith has had a lot of football this week, yesterday being his third Sunderland match of some sort with games at Shildon and Billingham Town sandwiched between. To give his aging fingers a rest from his constantly clattering keyboard (there was also a rather fine […]

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View From the North West Corner: give Catts a break

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Following a lot of public criticism of one of our players by followers of The Black Cats, Malcolm Dawson appeals to lovers of social media to consider the effect their negativity might have on the season’s prospects. Like most football followers I use the internet to find out what is happening with my club, especially […]

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Keeping a sense of perspective at the start of Sunderland’s season

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Malcolm Dawson was back at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and enjoyed the feeling of an opening day win as much as anyone. But here in the post match light of day and with another difficult fixture at the weekend, he appeals for patience if the result from Kenilworth Road is not the one […]

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Sunderland AFC and me: how I’ve been brought back from the brink

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Monsieur Salut writes: I often envy the lifestyles of Pete Sixsmith and Malcolm Dawson, enjoying the North East without any longer the need to do much work – though both, in their own ways, remain active – and free to pop along to any match they choose. Then I read their accounts of afternoons or […]

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Season End Reviews: (5) we have been through hell and high tide

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Malcolm Dawson, deputy editor, writes: last week I composed my contribution to Salut! Sunderland‘s end of season review series – see all items so far at this link – in response to Monsieur Salut’s urgings and thought back to my feelings at the end of term when Big Sam had engineered yet another Great Escape. […]

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Sunderland’s decline under Short ‘more Accrington Stanley than Leeds’

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Monsieur Salut says: when I said Salut! Sunderland had perhaps been too kind to Ellis Short in the past, I should have made it clear there has been no collectively unanimous view. Malcolm Dawson, the deputy editor, has been much more critical. His comment deserves to be read as a self-contained piece … (more…)

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View from the North West Corner: a belated bye bye to James Vaughan

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….with M Salut sunning himself in the Caribbean, it is time I suppose, that one of us pays a somewhat late goodbye to two of our outgoing players. I kind of remember that after the pre-season friendly at Bury and the subsequent (for me) underwhelming signing of James Vaughan, I was trying hard […]

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Sixer’s Sub’s Soapbox: A Christmas gift for Birmingham City

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With Sixer still on duty it fell to Malcolm Dawson to make the trek to the Stadium of Light on our behalf, and then to report on the last home game of a very trying year. Did he see any harbingers of a better 2018? It would appear that he did: (more…)

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Fulham supporting Richard Osman’s team leave Wearside pointless

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Malcolm Dawson writes…………..Santa called early this year and on his way to bring joy and happiness to the children of Weardale and the greater North East, popped Pete Sixsmith‘s season card through my letterbox. Santa of course knows when you’ve been bad or good, so did he think I’d been naughty over the past 12 […]

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Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: Oh oh oh it’s Maja…….and a dozen or so others!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..on the walk back to the car yesterday, I saw a yellow legged gull scrapping for a discarded […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it […]

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A couple of days ago I thought I’d got it wrong, writes John McCormick, and should be looking at trains […]

The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

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Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up […]

Branch Lines: calling all SAFCSA branches. Don’t miss your connection

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For those Sunderland supporters who take the trouble to visit these pages regularly, it will come as no surprise that […]

Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]