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Peterborough Utd v Sunderland: Hoping We Can Cosh the Posh

FA Cup fever hits Salut as Pete Sixsmith dredges through his memory bank to remember a cup run from long ago. A similar scoreline for the red and whites would entertain the ITV viewers on Sunday afternoon. It’s a real pleasure to get to a place that we don’t often visit for a Third Round [...]

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The White Hart Lane Soapbox: couldn’t quite scupper ‘Arry’s Spurs

Pete Sixsmith salutes a reasonable if losing performance at Spurs (though M Salut thinks he was unduly impressed by O’Shea), but then admits he has been looking at the fixtures. It gave him a nasty bout of nerves for Sunderland’s immediate future …

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Blackburn Soapbox: a wild day as Rovers repulsed at the end

Despite his highly upbeat thoughts in Martin’s Musing, our new manager will not allow himself to get carried away by a late, narrow win over relegation zone companions. With Spurs and QPR – both away – looming, Pete Sixsmith takes a measured view … Had you seen me slumped in my seat at 4.40pm on [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 2 Chelsea 4

Almost every week Pete Sixsmith offers his inimitable seven-word verdict on our games. Even when a great start at home to Chelsea ends in tears. When, rarely, Pete is absent, a supersub does it for him. The full archive – see link below – encapsulates the matchday experiences, from darkest gloom to sublime elation, of [...]

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Blackpool Observed (2): we do like to be beside the seaside

The Observer came calling again. Here is Pete Sixsmith‘s verdict, preceded by a Blackpool fan’s thoughts … John Woodman, AVFTT.co.uk A bad day at the office. Both sides had plenty of chances but we were flat from the start and never got going. Sunderland were quicker to the ball than us. We had a chance [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Blackpool (0) 1 SAFC (2) 2

Starting with today’s visit to Bloomfield Road, where Kieran Richardson’s first-half goals had our fans chanting “who the f— is Darren Bent?”, this is Sunderland AFC in snapshot. Almost every week Pete Sixsmith offers his inimitable seven-word verdict on our games. When, rarely, Pete is absent, a supersub does it for him. The full archive [...]

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Blackpool v SAFC: meeting Mr Punch

Following his tales of Blackpool trips in the 60s and 70s (read them here), Pete Sixsmith concludes his memories of visits to that cauldron of football, Bloomfield Road … Our last visit was in October 1987 on a cold and windy day where there were no wrecks and nobody drowning, in fact nothing to laugh [...]

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Bent to Aston Villa? He’s on his way

Stories that Darren Bent had put in a transfer request in the summer but was persuaded to stay would explain the contrast in his performances this season compared to last.  Pete Sixsmith speculates on some other reasons, and like Jeremy Robson (below) takes the long view. Well, that has been an interesting 24/36 hours hasn’t it? Almost [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC (0) 1 Newcastle United (0) 1

Starting with the return derby with Newcastle United, where poor defending and lack of creativity so nearly cost us all three points, this is Sunderland AFC in snapshot. Almost every week Pete Sixsmith offers his inimitable seven-word verdict on our games. When, rarely, Pete is absent, a supersub does it for him. The full archive [...]

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Notts County Soapbox: Pies poison us

37 years on from a tight draw at Meadow Lane, Sunderland show that they have learned nothing from the past and turn in a display that has Pete Sixsmith shaking his head in wonderment at such an embarrassing performance   So, the idea of symmetry with the teaching career goes out of the bloody window [...]

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Arsenal ‘Who are You?’: out with Wenger, fond of SAFC, don’t care about Spurs

Quaking in their boots in expectation of a heroic bounceback from 8-0 – or breezily confident, after coming from behind [...]

After Eight: a mint Sunderland vs Arsenal edition of Guess the Score

What better to accompany the tea or coffee, or stronger, in your rollover pair of prize mugs than a few [...]

Football Blogging Awards: make your Yes vote count for Salut! Sunderland

It is time to vote in the annual Football Blogging Awards. There are some big guns in the field and [...]

The gloomy stats that doom QPR, Burnley and Newcastle (or us)

John McCormick:

Lost in the deluge of post-Southampton news, anger and gallows humour, John McCormick applied a scholarly eye to the statistics [...]

Wrinkly Pete: last words on Southampton and some of them are positive

We cannot guarantee these will be the very last words – Salut! Sunderland clings to democratic values – but, speaking [...]

From WBA to Bolton, Sixer chooses his top 10 moneyback Sunderland games

Pete Sixsmith will, for once, be absent when Sunderland take on Arsenal on Saturday. No boycott, just the competing lure [...]

Ha’way the Lasses: outclaw Millwall Lionesses to wring the Doncaster Belles

It is possible that no win at all will be needed for Sunderland Ladies in their final game to complete [...]

Gambles’ Rambles: Yes to Mannone’s humility, a resounding No to moneyback culture

Just as old cynics – step forward Ken Gambles and also M Salut – were wondering what sort of reception [...]