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Soapbox: sorry, Stoke – for once we carried the luck

Pete Sixsmith emerges from a rotten post-derby week to watch our uneasy passage back to winning ways. Before treating the upcoming two games – which would have involved unappealing trips to London – as reason enough for a half-term holiday from his Soapbox, Pete looks back on the good, the bad and the ugly of […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City (h)

For fuller reports on the Stoke City game – including strong words on the most controversial incident – start by clicking here This is the slot where Salut! Sunderland‘s inimitable chronicler and sage casts his instant judgement on every SAFC match – well nearly every one – from the moral high ground of having been […]

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Danny Welbeck: good player, unsuitable role

A Stoke City fan’s view here yesterday that Danny Welbeck would be a welcome recruit at the Britannia brought wry grins to the faces of one or two Mackems who responded along the lines of “take him, please”. Is that unfair? Has Welbeck actually been used in a way that would allow him to express […]

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The Newcastle Soapbox: demolition derby diminishes Bruce

Long years, decades even, of disappointment and underachievement have made most Sunderland fans realists. Painful as it may be to face up to this, we were outclassed on the day by a Newcastle United team that deserved its massive win as much as we deserved (again, we hope, on the day) to have our quality […]

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Newcastle United away – at Roker Park

One day to go. Pete Sixsmith cannot wait for it to be over if truth be told. Here, he climbs back on to his Soapbox to recall a bizarre derby day from the past … Probably the most surreal derby experience I had was in our final season at Roker Park in 1997. We had […]

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Soapbox: suffering in the rain at St James’ Park

Sunderland fans remember the 2-1 victory in torrential rain at Newcastle United in 1999. Pete Sixsmith’s memory goes back further to another wet occasion at St James’ Park, without the uplifting consolation of a win … Half term and a couple of days in Lincolnshire, watching the delights of Louth Town v Shirebrook Town (8-0) […]

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Soapbox: admiring FC United of Manchester, recalling our past glories

The latest chapter of Pete Sixsmith’s own version of Notes from a Small Island takes him to Gigg Lane, a ground where Sunderland have enjoyed happy times, but for an FA Cup tie featuring neither SAFC nor Bury … There are certain grounds in the pantheon of Sunderland’s success that you just look back at […]

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Soapbox on beating Aston Villa: Dunne and dusted

It was nerve-testing, but three points took us into hallowed Peter Reid territory (seventh top or, as one wag put it, two wins off second place, two defeats off second bottom). Pete Sixsmith reflects on our victory – and joins heaven knows how many other headline writers in coming up with the Dunne & dusted […]

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Soapbox in Blackburn: hoofing Big Sam and the timid Brucester

There was, of course, one thing much worse than staying in and watching Blackburn v Sunderland on the box: going to Ewood Park to see it. Pete Sixsmith presented apologies for absence from a meeting at work to make the transPennines journey on a wet, miserable night and is grateful he can at least look […]

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Soapbox: a changing Premier amid the Liverpool/Man Utd shambles

Change, says Pete Sixsmith with what he terms “apologies to the late, great Sam Cooke”, is gonna come. Dylan had similar thoughts (“Come gather round people …”). Pete’s belief is that the obscene spectacle of Liverpool FC’s disintegration, and the unsavoury air over Old Trafford, may be symptoms of a malaise that will lead to […]

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Sixer’s Hull City sevens : Cliff Richard sang it in 1961 – will you be singing it tonight?

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Pete Sixsmith’s seven word text, fresh from the Stadium of Light, makes it clear that this was not just a […]

View from the North West Corner: a belated bye bye to James Vaughan

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….with M Salut sunning himself in the Caribbean, it is time I suppose, that one of us pays […]

The first time ever I saw your team: Hull City

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John McCormick writes: I’ve never been to the KC stadium but I have been to Boothferry Park, more than once. […]

SAFC vs Hull City Who are You?: (2) poignant Wembley memories

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

  Monsieur Salut writes: Kathryn Townsley, our Hull City ‘Who are You?’ interviewee, talked here yesterday about all sorts of […]

SAFC vs Hull City Who are You?: (1) who will avoid the drop?

Jake: 'you may have seen this one before - M Salut just deleted the date'

Monsieur Salut writes: although we sometimes – OK, often – go back to familiar faces for the Who are You? […]

SAFC vs Hull City prize Guess the Score: the annual relegation scrap

Click on the picture above, guess the score and you may win a prize whoever you support

Oh dear, muses Monsieur Salut. The piece below was prepared before the Cardiff debacle. Will anyone be left to predict […]