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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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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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Sixer’s Substitute Soapbox: Cats finish off Notts County’s Magpies in FL Trophy

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  We expect changes for the Checkatrade Trophy and here at Salut! Sunderland, with Pete Sixsmith otherwise engaged at what for him is busy time of year, Malcolm Dawson once again steps off the bench and onto the soapbox with his perspective on a cold night at the Stadium of Light. Pete and I travelled […]

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They’ve all gone quiet over there. Where is Brian, Sunderland’s counter-revolutionary?

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Catts out, gooch out, mcgeoch out of his depth, ditto nien, honeyman out of form. Malcolm Dawson, deputy editor, compares and contrasts Sunderland AFC’s encouraging progress on and off the field with some less positive thoughts remembered from one contributor to Comments at Salut! Sunderland earlier in the season … (more…)

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Sunderland AFC: embracing the sea change on the banks of the Wear

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Embracing the Sea Change at Sunderland. Two recent statements on the club website show just how things are changing on the banks of the Wear and how we are moving back to a situation where the Stadium of Light is once again the home of Sunderland Association Football Club and no longer that of Sunderland […]

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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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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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Coventry hanging on to Doncaster and Charlton as Portsmouth chase Barnsley, Sunderland and Luton.

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Another international break brings an opportunity to revisit the six clubs our readers* and the Coventry ninjas**  chose way back […]

Another one from the archives: Ken Gambles and some childhood heroes

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John McCormick writes: With a traveller like Pete Sixsmith on our books we’re always going to be able to tell […]

Countdown to Portsmouth at Wembley: (1) ‘a pleasant change from cataclysmic collapse’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Wembley looms again. There is no meaningful football for us (except the games involving our League One […]

From the archives: Birmingham City memories and Sixer doffs his hat to Roy Hodgson

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John McCormick writes: Malcolm said over the weekend that “with no game between now and the Checkatrade Trophy final, the […]

View from the Avenue: how Sunderland benefit from the Checkatrade distraction

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A few days when size mattered, writes Monsieur Salut: first we had Salut! Sunderland passing a grand total of 4m […]

Sixer’s Sub’s Soapbox: Walsall can’t hold on as Sunderland close the gap

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Pete Sixsmith reported windy weather before trotting off to the SOL yesterday and Walsall duly put the wind up Sunderland, […]

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