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Arsenal and Gunners Town. Sixer returns the compliment.

John McCormick writes: Like M Salut, I’m a fan of Arsene Wenger. Like M Salut, I’m a fan of Pete Sixsmith, now a published author. So it’s no surprise to me that Pete was requested to contribute to the Arsenal website Gunners Town, who supplied co-editor Dave Seager for this weeks “who are you”, prior to our game at […]

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote this a couple of days ago but for some reason it didn’t reach me.  Not to worry, it’s here now, and it’s up to his usual standard. Over to Pete:

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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 at Rotherham: N’Zogbia shines as Moyes looks on

Malcolm Dawson writes…..all change at Sunderland AFC on Saturday morning with the official appointment of David Moyes but one thing […]

Sam Allardyce, formerly of Sunderland, now of England, Observed

Stop press: Sixer was at Rotherham, along with David Moyes, to see an efficient 2-1 win friendly win. His Sixer’s […]

It’s official – David Moyes takes the reins

Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson writes: and the second worst kept secret in English football over the past few weeks at […]

Off goes Big Sam and the Wearside air seems to have been chilly

As statements from football clubs about departing managers who have done a good job go, this is probably close to […]

From Hartlepool to England. Bye bye Sam, hello David?

It threatens to be a sad day. The FA is expected to be appoint Big Sam to the England job […]

Big Sam Poll: amid FA dithering, are Sunderland entitled to closure?

Apologies for typos that appeared in an earlier version: an unedited draft somehow managed to replace the finished article and […]