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Sixer’s Burnley Soapbox: no plan, no guile but at least a Chuck Berry payoff

Jake's verdict was 'not enough' and David Moyes felt unable to disagree

Monsieur Salut writes: normally, our deputy editor Malcolm Dawson introduces Pete Sixsmith‘s unfailingly compelling reflections on Sunderland matches. I have become quite proficient at following each match by internet streams and Barnes and Benno but Malcolm and Sixer both attend most home games and the lame 0-0 draw to Burnley was no exception (the interviewee […]

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Sixer’s Travels: as a postponed trip to Middlesbrough mercifully spares one fate …

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

But it was still a weekend of pleasure rather than the usual Sunderland-induced pain, according to Pete Sixsmith. He saw some decent non-league football, albeit watching Shildon lose, and some rugby league. He’s already worried about Saturday but put aside such cares to compose another piece of classy writing combining sport, social observation, politics and […]

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Things We Do For Love: following Sunderland to Le Budapesti Vasas

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

All the lads and lasses of Budapest out on the town to celebrate a Sunderland win Pete Sixsmith is not a man without romance. However, his idea of how to make perfect a romantic wedding anniversary weekend in Budapest – a choice of football games – is not necessarily one Madame Salut would share and […]

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Winning becomes a habit as Sunderland beat Notts County. Wolverhampton Wanderers next

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Snow in South West Durham ruled out Pete Sixsmith‘s first choice of football on Tuesday evening, just up Busty Bank and along the road from him at Shildon’s own threatre of dreams, Dean Street, but didn’t stop him making his way up to Sunderland for the Under 21s or whatever number you choose at home […]

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Salut! Sunderland up all night: Honeyman rescues SAFC vs Reading

Jake: 'where do we go from here?'

Pete Sixsmith is likely to be quiet for the next few days – see his explanation below – but, a glutton for punishment after his West Ham awayday, was keen to take in one more match first. The lure of Sunderland Under 23s overcame the disincentive of the weather. Time well spent? Let Sixer enlighten […]

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Sixer’s West Ham lowdown. Any seconders for Defoe as future SAFC chairman?

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

What a busy lad Pete Sixsmith is. Not content with his paper round, Father Christmas duties (planning starts tonight) and gracing the pages of Salut! Sunderland, The Observer and ESPN, he finds time to answer questions for fan sites such as Claret and Hugh, friendly Hammers folk who have helped us out, too. Here’s what […]

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Sixer Says: when I nearly became a West Ham supporter

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Over at Salut! Sunderland’s Facebook pages, Jim Minton posted a message saying how much he liked the Who are You? interview with David Blackmore, editor of the West Ham fan site Blowing Bubbles. ‘He seems pretty sensible and I agree with most of what he says,’ Jim wrote, ‘Don’t know yet whether many West Ham […]

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After Derby debacle, thank heavens Mika’s only on bench at West Ham

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Keeping goal is sometimes a thanked task but, as often, a thankless task. Humans err and this applies to goalkeepers at all levels, as Monsieur Salut and Pete Sixsmith can confirm from personal experience, albeit long ago. Sixer now describes how what happened to us down the rec (Shildon’s splendid recreation ground) or on the […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City 2-0 SAFC. Or Sixer’s Three: ‘down by Christmas’

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

Monsieur Salut writes: I had a good stream and watched a poor Stoke side made to look efficient by as inept a display as I can recall (well at least since the last inept display). Pete Sixsmith had a tougher day, up early to travel to the Potteries and see yet another abysmal performance which, […]

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Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: a trophy name to relish, Notts County to come

Jake: 'where do we go from here?'

At Facebook, Nick Barnes could barely contain his excitement at the commentary duties that lay ahead of him: ‘a beautiful evening for the carnival of football that is the Checkatrade Trophy’. Needless to say, our Pete Sixsmith was there too and, without getting too enthralled by the spectacle, quote enjoyed the rare sight of a […]

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Salut! Sunderland’s ‘state of the club’ poll closes tonight

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The poll has had a good run and will close roughly 12 hours from now as I start writing, that […]

The Championship cometh: we start with Derby, end with Wolverhampton

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Monsieur Salut writes: so now we know the who and the when of our Championship opponents for the coming season. […]

Our poll hammers Short and Bain. But there is another Sunderland viewpoint

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Salut! Sunderland is always anxious to present the other side of a contentious story. We cannot pretend to know much […]

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Even before the lamentable SAFC club statement on the bleak farce of the supposed attempts to sign a manager, Pete […]

Sunderland AFC: truly a wretched state of affairs

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Monsieur Salut writes: in case anyone wondered why Derek McInnes, and frankly any other self-respecting candidate for the long-vacant position […]

Sixer Says: the comic opera that is SAFC just now

Pete Sixsmith sees the clouds looming on Teesside

Malcolm Dawson writes……..David Moyes might have been lured to the North East with false promises about a year ago but […]