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Observed: Defoe’s England glory, Sunderland’s endless gloom

Bravo, Jermain

First, heartiest congratulations to Jermain Defoe, for opening the England scoring with a trademark finish against Lithuania. In a wretched season for Sunderland, he has brought rare shafts of bright light. And recalled by Gareth Southgate after 1,465 days in the international wilderness, he ‘rolled back the years to show England what they have missed,’ […]

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Sixer’s Burnley Soapbox: no plan, no guile but at least a Chuck Berry payoff

Jake's verdict was 'not enough' and David Moyes felt unable to disagree

Monsieur Salut writes: normally, our deputy editor Malcolm Dawson introduces Pete Sixsmith‘s unfailingly compelling reflections on Sunderland matches. I have become quite proficient at following each match by internet streams and Barnes and Benno but Malcolm and Sixer both attend most home games and the lame 0-0 draw to Burnley was no exception (the interviewee […]

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Sixer’s Travels: as a postponed trip to Middlesbrough mercifully spares one fate …

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

But it was still a weekend of pleasure rather than the usual Sunderland-induced pain, according to Pete Sixsmith. He saw some decent non-league football, albeit watching Shildon lose, and some rugby league. He’s already worried about Saturday but put aside such cares to compose another piece of classy writing combining sport, social observation, politics and […]

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Things We Do For Love: following Sunderland to Le Budapesti Vasas

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

All the lads and lasses of Budapest out on the town to celebrate a Sunderland win Pete Sixsmith is not a man without romance. However, his idea of how to make perfect a romantic wedding anniversary weekend in Budapest – a choice of football games – is not necessarily one Madame Salut would share and […]

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Winning becomes a habit as Sunderland beat Notts County. Wolverhampton Wanderers next

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

Snow in South West Durham ruled out Pete Sixsmith‘s first choice of football on Tuesday evening, just up Busty Bank and along the road from him at Shildon’s own threatre of dreams, Dean Street, but didn’t stop him making his way up to Sunderland for the Under 21s or whatever number you choose at home […]

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

Jake: 'where do we go from here?'

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?

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

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

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

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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Sunderland’s demise: blame Moyes, blame Short, blame life

Salut Wings

Forgive Monsieur Salut for feeling down. How can a Sunderland supporter be otherwise? The poor response, in terms of readers, […]

Middlesbrough vs Sunderland Guess the Score as the curtain crashes down

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Let’s not beat about the bush. Wrinkly Pete’s rose-tinted crystal ball couldn’t save us and nor could my sister and […]

The Middlesbrough ‘Who are You?’: on Juninho, Lauren Laverne and two doomed clubs

Catherine Wilson

So Sunderland are effectively two defeats from relegation, one if Hull were to win just one more game and goal […]

Sixers Says: oh what fun to see a Sunderland win, and against Arsenal

Jake: 'There's more than one team that play in red and white in Sixer's life ...'

Before heading off to Yorkshire for Rugby League, Pete Sixsmith decided to share his happy experience of attending a home […]

West Brom, Watford safe. Palace, Bournemouth, Burnley relaxing, ‘Boro, Hull, Swansea sweating. Sunderland propping them up.

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Another empty weekend unless you’re a groundhopper like Sixer or a local league fan like Malcolm, which means it’s time […]

From Bradford to south Manchester, Sixer’s Easter groundhopping odyssey

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Pete Sixsmith had his say with Gary Bennett on the radio as he left the Sunderland-West Ham game, had his […]