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Arsenal Soapbox: same old Arsène, always moaning

Pete Sixsmith was right at half time to text about Sunderland being well on top despite the fluke Fabregas goal. But maintaining our good cop/bad cop routine, he is less understanding than a certain other Salut! Sunderland writer of Arsène Wenger’s autowhinge mode … The Wenger Whingometer usually goes to the top of the scale […]

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Soapbox: from the banks of the Plate to Bolton Reserves

The first sentence of Pete Sixsmith‘s report from last night’s Reserves game may be evidence that he is finally losing it. He either doesn’t really mean it, or is about to undergo a significant life change. All because he joined a few hundred other souls at SAFC Reserves 0 Bolton Wanderers Reserves 0 … Sometimes […]

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Soapbox: can we send Cattermole back to Wigan?

“It’s becoming ridiculous.” When a manager says that about his captain, and he’s not defending him but describing his immaturity and indiscipline, you know things are serious. Pete Sixsmith chose the headline; it’s unforgiving but reflects the complete exasperation of supporters Lee Cattermole has again let down … We are sitting tenth in the league, […]

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Wigan Observed: guess how many out of 10 for Cattermole

Pete Sixsmith‘s considered view – a point won, or two sacrificed? – should be up and running here by tomorrow. But before he even left Wigan, he was being pumped by Salut! Sunderland for his seven-word verdict – published here last night – and The Observer for a slight longer instant summary … THE OBSERVER […]

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Soapbox update: the Keane era and its ripple effect

This posting has been affected by technical problems but has still managed to inspire some lively responses comparing the Roy Keane and Peter Reid eras of the recent history of Sunderland AFC. The comments have also been re-posted (though the little thumbs-up marks already awarded are, sadly, missing!). It is now four years ago – […]

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Soapbox: old heroes at Ryhope, new faces at Chesterfield

The international break usually means a week off for most SoL regulars. But for obsessives like Pete Sixsmith, it’s an opportunity to visit new grounds, drink in unfamiliar pubs and catch up on news of old players and their offspring. As regular readers will know, this writer has a peculiar obsession with ticking off football […]

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Soapbox: reserves rumbled by Newcastle

School still out for what remains of summer. A good afternoon at the cricket. Heartening news – in the nick of time – on the transfer front. Sounds like a perfect day. What then possessed Pete Sixsmith to go and ruin it by watching the Reserves soundly spanked by the Mags? … After a long, […]

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Soapbox: how we subdued Man City’s £85 zillion superstars

Despite the undoubted luck we enjoyed when Carlos Tevez decided to make tappy-in seem like brain surgery, we played well enough in the second half to merit our win. For once the “if onlys” are on the lips of others, leaving Pete Sixsmith to salute a notable team performance … Buzz, buzz, buzz. I usually […]

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Soapbox: Newcastle, West Brom and a wretched weekend

No one can accuse Salut! Sunderland of descending into mindless tribalism, though they probably will. We lauded, however grudgingly, Chris Hughton’s impressive achievement of last season, rising above the awfulness of the Ashton Factor to turn Newcastle United into runaway lower league champions. This, however, is taking the mick: Andy Carroll and Joey Barton transformed […]

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Soapbox: Premier football – having a laugh

Apologies if you tried to visit the site earlier only to hit a brick wall formed by all the Sunderland fans who, we are told, are the fattest in the Premier. All beyond our control, I’m afraid. Still, Pete Sixsmith is always worth waiting for (though things are still in a state of chaos behind […]

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After Toronto’s seize cup from Seattle Sounders , could Jozy and Grabban lead our uptable charge?

Jake: 'Jody scores, we're on the pitch'

Monsieur Salut writes: what strikers want to do is score goals. The best of them, like Brian Clough, Kevin Phillips […]

The Chapman Report from Wolves: ‘my game of the season so far’

not giving up

Bob Chapman is always a great stand-in for Pete Sixsmith, a home and away stalwart who lives so far south […]

Wrinkly Pete: the blame game and how Sunderland fortunes could revive

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

John McCormick writes, I arrived back from Spain (where I’d been able to eat outside) around midnight last night, to […]

Sixer’s Sevens. Wolves 0-0 SAFC. Point made – and a good one

Sixer's Sevens (featured image)

Pete Sixsmith Monsieur Salut writes: Bob Chapman, standing in for Pete Sixsmith (absent on Santa duties), has the sort of […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: the company of Wolves

Promotion at first attempt!

Malcolm Dawson writes……the last time I went to Wolves, if I remember rightly, Stephen Elliot equalised with about 10 minutes […]

Wolves Who are You?: ‘fond of Sunderland but you’ll suffer a mauling’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Andy Nicholls* , moderator at the Wolves fan site Molineux Mix, is another old friend to this site. Seven years […]