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Salut! Sunderland up all night: Honeyman rescues SAFC vs Reading

Jake: 'I could fly without wings (but also with them) ...'

Pete Sixsmith is likely to be quiet for the next few days – see his explanation below – but, a glutton for punishment after his West Ham awayday, was keen to take in one more match first. The lure of Sunderland Under 23s overcame the disincentive of the weather. Time well spent? Let Sixer enlighten […]

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Sixer’s West Ham lowdown. Any seconders for Defoe as future SAFC chairman?

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What a busy lad Pete Sixsmith is. Not content with his paper round, Father Christmas duties (planning starts tonight) and gracing the pages of Salut! Sunderland, The Observer and ESPN, he finds time to answer questions for fan sites such as Claret and Hugh, friendly Hammers folk who have helped us out, too. Here’s what […]

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Sixer Says: when I nearly became a West Ham supporter

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Over at Salut! Sunderland’s Facebook pages, Jim Minton posted a message saying how much he liked the Who are You? interview with David Blackmore, editor of the West Ham fan site Blowing Bubbles. ‘He seems pretty sensible and I agree with most of what he says,’ Jim wrote, ‘Don’t know yet whether many West Ham […]

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After Derby debacle, thank heavens Mika’s only on bench at West Ham

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Keeping goal is sometimes a thanked task but, as often, a thankless task. Humans err and this applies to goalkeepers at all levels, as Monsieur Salut and Pete Sixsmith can confirm from personal experience, albeit long ago. Sixer now describes how what happened to us down the rec (Shildon’s splendid recreation ground) or on the […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City 2-0 SAFC. Or Sixer’s Three: ‘down by Christmas’

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

Monsieur Salut writes: I had a good stream and watched a poor Stoke side made to look efficient by as inept a display as I can recall (well at least since the last inept display). Pete Sixsmith had a tougher day, up early to travel to the Potteries and see yet another abysmal performance which, […]

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Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: a trophy name to relish, Notts County to come

Jake: 'I could fly without wings (but also with them) ...'

At Facebook, Nick Barnes could barely contain his excitement at the commentary duties that lay ahead of him: ‘a beautiful evening for the carnival of football that is the Checkatrade Trophy’. Needless to say, our Pete Sixsmith was there too and, without getting too enthralled by the spectacle, quote enjoyed the rare sight of a […]

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Hardly cricket: venomous ECB penalty punishes SAFC’s natural sporting ally, Durham

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A disaster for Durham, says Pete Sixsmith of the enforced relegation of Durham County Cricket Club. I shall leave him to explain the intricacies and implications of the England and Wales Cricket Club decision. Suffice to say Sixer – who traditionally uses what he earns marking examination papers towards the cost of attending SAFC and […]

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Allardyce’s broken England dream: dodgy entrapment or just deserts

Sam took the club by the scruff of the neck - just like he did with The Moose

Monsieur Salut writes: Despite far too many decades as a journalist (three of them with The Daily Telegraph), I have serious misgivings about sting operations. They may sometimes uncover genuine malpractice but, among a number of concerns, I wonder who polices the stinger, in this case the Telegraph. This newspaper has after all spent several […]

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Sixer’s Everton Sevens: Torn apart by Lukaku


Pete Sixsmith sent a text at half time: “Competed well against a strong Everton team”, which I thought was a pretty fair description of the game up to then. His second text was also a pretty fair description. You’ll find it below, where it conveys a message that doesn’t bode well for Spurs: (more…)

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Sixer’s Travels: Shildon and Kidderminster, Oswestry and Airbus, thanks to international break

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Monsieur Salut writes: I almost disallowed the first line of Pete Sixsmith‘s latest piece. Turgid? Drivel? Snap out of it Sixer, a man I introduce to others as Salut! Sunderland‘s star writer: self-deprecation will get you nowhere though international breaks seem to get you to a lot of places (not necessarily including all the places […]

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Southampton Who are You?: ‘PVA, Watmore impress but SAFC lack mental strength’

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Fresh from much-praised exploits at the San Siro (despite a defeat) and in the draw at the Etihad, Southampton naturally […]

Southampton v SAFC Guess the Score: we’d rather beat Arsenal but …

Jake: 'M Salut is dishing out enough mugs to be sure of going broke'

Would you settle for a Sunderland defeat at Southampton on Wednesday, ending our interest in the EFL Cup, and a […]

Salut! Sunderland up all night: Honeyman rescues SAFC vs Reading

Jake: 'I could fly without wings (but also with them) ...'

Pete Sixsmith is likely to be quiet for the next few days – see his explanation below – but, a […]

Sixer’s West Ham Soapbox: late pressing by Irons brings another defeat

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….Pete Sixsmith is used to getting up early, what with next door but one’s dog to walk and the papers […]

Hutch’s one word player ratings following West Ham slip up

Jake: 'FFS'

Rob Hutchison thought this display was much better than last week’s dismal showing at Stoke but the net result is […]

‘No wonder West Ham fans are unhappy with their new home’

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While the missus watched X Factor – and why not? – Rob Hutchison sat down, tried to forget the disappointment […]