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Mid-term reports (3): good dreams, bad dreams

Our third and last mid-term report comes, as it should, from Pete Sixsmith. Pete gets to almost every match and applies uncommonly sharp analysis to what he sees. He reflects on whether it is now time to allow ourselves to dream of greater things at the Stadium of Light? But spare him dreams within dreams […]

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Bolton Soapbox: Cattermole causes Coyle to complain

If Saturday in Sunderland was cold by normal standards, it was positively balmy by comparison with what was happening almost everywhere else. But 1245 is a rotten kickoff time, as witnessed by empty seats that cannot all be attributed to the weather. All the same, three good points made it all seem like a heatwave. […]

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The Fulham Soapbox: no outing the Cottagers

Was even X Factor more entertaining that this, without costing £35 to watch? A bore draw with little to relieve the tedium beyond the magnificence of John Mensah. At least Pete Sixsmith enjoyed the pre-match real ale … Last year at Craven Cottage, we succumbed to a Bobby Zamora goal, saw Anton Ferdinand limp off […]

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The West Ham Soapbox: head start on the Hammers

Not a great game. Pete Sixsmith‘s words, echoed by many, but he also sees reason to draw on such results, from largely uninspiring play, for hope that we may actually be on course in our loftier ambitions … So, another three points in our relentless quest for a Europa League place and the delights of […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: West Ham United (h)

Starting with three points against the Hammers, this is Sunderland AFC in snapshot, the most recent of Pete Sixsmith’s inimitable seven-word verdicts on each of our games. The full archive – see link below – encapsulates the matchday experiences, from darkest gloom to sublime elation, of a fan who is usually there … Dec 5 […]

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Just tell Manchester United Danny Welbeck is useless

Image: addick_tedKevin Pete Sixsmith is getting used to Manchester United fan sites asking about Danny Welbeck. For this latest form report, for the Stretford End Arising, he added the words: “You can’t have him back, you know. He’s ours now.” That won’t work, Pete: tell them he’s hopeless … I like to think that I […]

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Molineux Soapbox: how not to keep Wolves from the door

Pete Sixsmith digs himself out of the snow – and chucks snowballs at the underachievers who ruined his Saturday … My Chambers Dictionary defines a yardstick as “n, any standard of measurement (fig)”. The fig means figuratively, but after Saturday it could also mean Figgin awful defending. The yardstick by which we measure our progress […]

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Wolves 3 SAFC 2: a calamitous finale Observed

It was bad enough to experience if you weren’t there but getting texts and/or listening on the radio: 0-1 oh dear; 1-1 get in; 2-1 yeah, can’t lose now; 2-2 s***; 2-3 you cannot be f******serious. Pete Sixmith lived it all at Molineux and then had to send his verdicts not only to Salut! Sunderland […]

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Everton Soapbox: the absolute certainties of taxes, death and Cahill

Pete Sixsmith offers his measured assessment of a game that Sunderland might have won, but will feel satisfied not to have lost – and also remembers a true Stadium of Light character, one year on from his untimely death … The 18th century American polymath Ben Franklin is widely accepted as being the man who […]

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Danny Welbeck: the difference Darren’s hamstring made (updated)

Image:Addick-tedKevin   Even before his two-goal exploits against Everton last night – and how frustrating that he couldn’t quite make it three and secure the win – Danny Welbeck was transforming himself from underperforming, out-of-position passenger into exciting, goalhungry potential matchwinner. Scott the Red, our pal at the Republik of Mancunia site*, had asked a […]

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World Cup Diaries: (4) Moscow en fête as Russians celebrate another big win

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

Our Boro-suppporting World Cup diarist – Monsieur Salut’s nephew, Andy Falconer – changes city. After revealing in the beauty of […]

Sunderland’s Spanish conquest: ‘the essence of English football in its purest sense’

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

This well-researched and, for Sunderland fans, heartwarming slice of football history was written by David Hewitt, a PhD researcher in […]

The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]

World Cup Diaries: (3) our Middlesbrough-supporting chronicler enjoys his first game

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

This is the third instalment of the World Cup musings of Monsieur Salut’s Boro-supporting nephew, Andy Falconer, who saves hard-earned […]

World Cup Diaries: (2) pickpockets, a river spectacular and becoming an honorary Dane

Andy with - it seems - a Hibs fan

England’s turn at last and even Sunderland supporters with only modest interest in international football will be hoping one or […]

The Beautiful Game? Wrinkly Pete’s thoughts on the power of football

Wrinkly Pete(featured image)

John McCormick writes: We’re not the only old and famous club to be facing turbulent times and I’m sure our […]