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

Pete Sixsmith: 'I waited a long time for this'

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: 'I waited a long time for this'

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: 'wishing Paddy a strong recovery'

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: 'I waited a long time for this'

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: 'I waited a long time for this'

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: 'wishing Paddy a strong recovery'

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

Pete Sixsmith: 'I waited a long time for this'

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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Ten Years After: recalling McAllister’s dive, Danson’s reds and other refereeing horrors

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Monsieur Salut writes: on quiet days, two thoughts cross the mind: one of relief that Sunderland are not playing, therefore […]

Sixer’s stand-in’s Soapbox: Everton do enough to guarantee the points

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John McCormick writes: Pete has asked me if I can do a match report for him as he’s taking in […]

Moyes on the boys post Everton – and I beg to differ

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I got back from Goodison about half an hour ago. Pete Sixsmith and I were in agreement with most things […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 2-0 Sunderland. That sinking feeling

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

Monsieur Salut writes:  At half time, Sunderland having defended reasonably well without offering a threat to the Everton goal, went […]

Thought football could stoop no lower? Think again. Leicester sack Ranieri

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It must rank among the most squalid decisions ever taken in professional football, and there’s plenty of competition. No profanity, […]

Everton Who are You?: ‘SAFC have all our injury-prone old players!’

Jake: 'check out this season's previous Who are You? interviews at <a href="http://salutsunderland.com/category/who-are-you/">http://salutsunderland.com/category/who-are-you/

Graeme Holmes* is an Everton season ticket holder whose globetrotting, groundhopping activities make our own Pete Sixsmith seem like an […]