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Sixer’s Sevens: Blackpool (h)

Back to the Stadium of Light where a hatful of missed chances left us goalless at half time, and then mugged twice as wastefulness continued, our midfield and defensive play rediscovered old failings and Blackpool showed better movement. This is Sunderland AFC in snapshot, the most recent of Pete Sixsmith’s inimitable seven-word verdicts on each […]

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Old Trafford Soapbox: quiet day at the new Highbury

Pete Sixsmith’s dispatch from Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0 was accompanied by the message: “Here it is. No photos, no anger, just nothing. A poor day out; won’t be going there again.” What on earth can he mean? … At 3.20pm, after conceding a goal, seeing the ball thwack the post and bar and admiring […]

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Manchester United v SAFC, and why I love Boxing Day

AlicePopkorn From all at Salut! Sunderland – that’s essentially Monsieur Salut, Pete Sixsmith, Joan Dawson and a growing army of contributors, have a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy new year. Pete’s already looking forward to tomorrow … Read our big match build-up by clicking here or here. Or listen to Monsieur Salut 30 minutes […]

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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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Salut! Sunderland advent calendar – who or what is behind door 12?

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The purpose of a traditional Advent Calendar is to offer a surprise or a reminder of the Christmas story in […]

Sixer’s Walsall Sevens: Third time unlucky? Maybe not.

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Pete Sixsmith may be busy on the Saturdays before Christmas but on the weekdays he leaves the work to his […]

Rate the ref: Walsall at home, FA cup replay

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Our first home game since the series started. We don’t expect many ratings for away games but we should get […]

Walsall Who are You: Sunderland ‘pretty useful going forward, less convincing off the ball’

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Monsieur Salut writes: this is a Who are You? with a difference ahead of tonight’s FA Cup 2nd round replay […]

Salut advent calendar: what strange goings on lie behind door 11?

In the run up to Christmas Day, behind each door of the Salut! Sunderland advent calendar is an article written […]

Walsall Guess the Score: ‘can we play you every week? Oh, we already do’

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The experience of Saturday prompts a rule addition for the Salut! Sunderland prize Guess the Score: a match abandoned = […]

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