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Sixer’s Sevens: hanging on against Doncaster Rovers – that’ll do nicely

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Our service could be a bit delayed tomorrow. Not only has Pete Sixsmith to get home, he’ll probably have to compose himself before he can compose his report. And if he does manage to send it early he will find we’re all otherwise engaged. But we will get there in the end, which is what […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Doncaster Rovers and the Keepmoat Stadium

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John McCormick writes: Yorkshire seems to be cropping up a lot, even though we  left a few of their clubs behind when we dropped out of the Championship.  The truth is there are only three Yorkshire clubs in the third division and we’re playing two of them them close together. I’ve passed through Doncaster on […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Shrewsbury Town, Gay Meadow and the New One

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John McCormick writes: I’ve walked past the Gay Meadow ground once or twice and I’ve driven past the New Meadow, though probably before there was a football ground there, but I’ve never been inside either ground and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Shrewsbury play at all. That’s something I’m hoping to rectify this weekend, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bradford City and Valley Parade

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 John McCormick writes: some 15 years ago, perhaps a few more, I almost went to see Bradford play. It was a Valentine’s weekend and the family had decamped to a hotel in the region, 10 of us altogether, mostly from my wife’s side, for a reunion of some sort. We arrived on the Friday and […]

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Frank Johnson: Pete Sixsmith remembers

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Nick Barnes posted on his Facebook page that Frank Johnson had died. For those who no longer read newspapers (the majority of the population now), Frank was the long serving Sunderland reporter on the Northern Echo and he covered events at Roker Park and The Stadium of Light from the mid 1960s up to his retirement […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Peterborough United

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John McCormick writes: The time’s right and I saw all of the players Pete mentions below, including George Kinnell, but I have only the most fleeting memories of this game.  So fleeting that the scoreline rings no bells with me, and surely it should. Could it be that I wasn’t there and I’m suffering from […]

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Sixer’s Coventry City Sevens: 1-1, not enough but could have been worse

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Pete Sixsmith felt a draw was fair, and listening to Barnes and Benno, Monsieur Salut thought the same. Injuries – Loovens off in the first few minutes, with more to follow – certainly harmed our cause but we must somehow learn how to keep a clean sheet. Pete did not, he assures us, ride naked on […]

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The First Time Ever I saw Your Ground: Coventry City, the Ricoh Arena and a glimpse of Highfield Road

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John McCormick writes: like Pete Sixsmith, I was at Goodison that night. Like Pete Sixsmith I condemned Jimmy Hill for his actions, especially his ‘holier than thou’ attitude afterwards. But, like Pete Sixsmith, I’m old enough to know it serves no purpose to harbour grudges against clubs or fans. It’s better to share some decent […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it matter? Not at all. None of them were at the Stadium of Light. Pete Sixsmith was, however, and his seven word text, sent as the whistle blew, sets the scene for a report that people will […]

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The First Time Ever I saw Your Team: Rochdale

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A couple of days ago I thought I’d got it wrong, writes John McCormick, and should be looking at trains to Manchester, or at least asking the boss if I could have the car, in order to get to Rochdale. I had got it wrong as Rochdale head north over the weekend and I have […]

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Bristol Rovers Who are You?: ‘only one team in Bristol, isn’t there?’

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The curse of Who are You? A frantic call from Doug tells M Salut the manager has left today ‘by […]

Salut! Sunderland’s advent calendar day 13 – how unlucky can you get?

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

Sixer’s Sub’s Walsall Soapbox: Saddlers unseat Sunderland in FA Cup exit

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Malcolm Dawson writes……. Pete Sixsmith is usually very busy at this time of year, and although he was at the […]

SAFC vs Bristol Rovers prize Guess the Score: no more slips, please

Jake: 'wipe away the Walsall blues'

To listen to my Bristol Rovers-supporting or Bristol-dwelling friends and acquaintances, Sunderland vs Rovers is the mother of all home […]

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 […]

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