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Sixer’s Sub’s Doncaster Rovers Soapbox: it’s a good Friday on Wearside

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The games are coming thick and fast as we get to the fag end and business end of the season. Pete Sixsmith and Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson are sharing match reporting duties and Pete will be back for his take on the Peterborough and Portsmouth clashes, but today it is Malcolm who brings us his […]

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View from the NW Corner: Why Checkatrade defeat was a victory for me!

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….this was a competition that hardly anyone cared about six months ago and on Sunday no more than 9,655 of the 85,021 in attendance could have witnessed Sunderland and Portsmouth’s first foray into the 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy. That figure includes the 69 Gillingham fans who made the trip along the south coast last […]

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SAFC v Portsmouth: Ticketing issues, issuing tickets.

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..in my introduction to Sixer’s Soapbox, where Pete Sixsmith reported on our victory over Carlisle United the morning after the first game of this season’s Checkatrade trophy, I wrote… ”I am otherwise engaged in the wilds of West Lancashire this week, or I would have made it last night to bulk up the […]

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Egrets, I’ve had a few as the Lads go marching on at Bristol

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View From the North West Corner (or in this case behind a very wet goalmouth at Bristol Rovers) It is 290 miles from my home to the Travelodge in Weston Super Mare where I’d based myself for the Checkatrade semi final against the blue and white Pirates of Bristol. The drive down on Monday was […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland return to winning ways against Gillingham

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There are a lot more games in the lower divisions than in the Premier League, and even more with our success so far in the Checkatrade Trophy, keeping Pete Sixsmith busy not only with his unique match reports, but also his reminiscences relating to previous encounters with our forthcoming opponents, so once again Malcolm Dawson […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: more of a damp squib than fireworks against Blackpool

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The current spate of fixtures which are coming thick and fast means an increased workload for Pete Sixsmith so Malcolm Dawson relieves the pressure by borrowing his soapbox to give us his view of last night’s game at the Stadium of Light. Still undefeated at home, only two games lost all season, the only team in […]

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Sunderland easily see off the youth of Manchester City

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SUNDERLAND 2 MANCHESTER CITY U21s 0 – EFL TROPHY Sunderland got to within one step of a Wembley Final last night, with a victory in the Quarter Finals of the Checkatrade Trophy against a youthful Manchester City side, a win that was in truth, much more comfortable than the scoreline might suggest. With Citeh defending […]

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Sunderland 4 Newcastle U21s 0: experienced Black Cats polish off young Magpies

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SUNDERLAND AFC 4 NEWCASTLE UNITED U21S 0 – EFL TROPHY I switched on Radio Newcastle’s Total Sport as I set off for this Checkatrade Trophy game just in time to hear an interview with the young Dane, Elias Sorensen who yesterday signed a new contract with our friends up the road. Those of you old […]

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View from the North West Corner: Black Cats on a hiding to nothing in Checkatrade

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SUNDERLAND AFC v NEWCASTLE U21s This was the tie few people wanted. Certainly not Northumbria Police, who will have to divert considerable resources away from other areas, because of a game of football that will attract a far bigger crowd than any other fixture in the competition to date and has the potential for disorder. […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Bristol Rovers Soapbox: Black Cats do just enough to snuff out the Gas

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Pete Sixsmith’s festive commitments means he has only one more game to miss before he returns to these pages after the Boxing Day fixture against Bradford City so once again Malcolm Dawson takes to the soapbox to report on yesterday’s game against a Bristol Rovers side looking to turn their season around. This game had […]

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Sunderland vs Charlton Athletic at Wembley: let’s get it right this time

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Charlton finished the League One season in style and ended up two places ahead of us, writes Monsieur Salut. Until […]

Sixer’s Portsmouth Soapbox: dogged, determined and disciplined as the Lads get to Wembley

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Malcolm Dawson writes……I said after the Southend game that I actually thought finishing 5th wasn’t such a bad thing, as […]

Sunderland bound for Wembley with nothing to fear from Charlton

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Who would have thought? Wembley not once but twice and in the same season. Monsieur Salut is old enough to […]

Sixer’s playoff Seven: Lads hold out for second trip to Wembley

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….at half time Pete Sixsmith’s text was less than complimentary about our opponents who he feels reflect the […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haway awards: Peterborough, Wycombe, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers in the running

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It has become a bit of a stuck old gramophone record, Salut! Sunderland‘s pride in a tremendous season of Who […]

Sunderland and Playoffs. Part 6: Problems with Crystal Palace

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John McCormick writes: I have a problem with this game. I was working in Sunderland later in the week and […]

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