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Sunderland’s ten relegations: cheer up Peter Reid

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Malcolm Dawson writes……….in his latest instalment of relegation reminiscences Pete Sixsmith recalls the season which saw SAFC leave Roker Park and also the Premier League – their seventh relegation from the top flight of English football. Surprisingly, he doesn’t mention the Sky documentary series “Premier Passions” which made Sunderland the talk of the footballing world for […]

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Sunderland’s 10 relegations. Number 6: last game heartache again

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John McCormick writes: we have a manager and the transfer window’s open. A new chapter in the SAFC story is about to begin. But we also have history, some good, some not so and we would do well to remember it. So here, with the hope that the players running up alps in Austria will […]

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Sunderland’s 10 relegations: cheers McMenemy, wouldn’t have known Division Three but for you

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

On days such as this, it would be wrong for Salut! Sunderland to detach itself from events in a cruel world away from football. Our sympathies and solidarity go out to all those affected or bereaved by the tragic fire in a tower block in north Kensington, London overnight Pete Sixsmith is in the midst […]

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Sunderland’s 10 relegations: down with a Wembley twist

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Pete’s going to be busy for a while, so there’s a good chance we’ll have a new manager – maybe a new owner (not to mention the possibility of a new prime minister) – before he gets back to this series. In the meantime, here’s his take on relegation number 4. Like the first three, […]

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Sunderland’s 10 relegations: The Coventry conundrum (part 2)

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John McCormick writes: I was there, at Goodison, that night. For a long time afterwards I felt cheated but I was prepared to accept that Coventry fans would think “tough” – I would have done so in their circumstances. Nevertheless, I always harboured a resentment towards Jimmy Hill and when I heard Coventry fans had clubbed […]

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Sunderland’s 10 relegations: the Coventry City conundrum (part one)

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

  Monsieur Salut writes: scroll down on the right of this article and you’ll find him: the perplexed Coventry fan who wonders that a grudge has been held for all this time: ‘my god, you’ve been keeping this bottled up since the 76/77 season!!!! Any football fan who takes pleasure in another team’s (and not […]

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Sixer’s Sunderland relegation reminiscences: can’t help falling in love with you

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Here in the second part of his series, “inspired” by our calamitous performances this year, Pete Sixsmith  looks back at Sunderland’s previous relegation seasons by recalling the one that took place at the end of a decade that saw flower power and skinheads, the first moon landings and the first heart transplant. RELEGATION 2 1969-70 […]

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Sunderland and relegation: been there, done that, collected too many T-shirts

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Pete Sixsmith doesn’t intend to spend the summer moping about our most recent relegation. He intends to spend the summer moping about all of our relegations. As he puts it: ‘Relegation Number 10 so lots of memories to ramble on about as our season rambles to an end. So depressing……’ (more…)

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Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]

On Sunderland beating Hartlepool 2-1 and Mannone ‘heading for Reading’

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This is not really Sixer’s Sevens, much as it relies on Pete Sixsmith’s reflections from Victoria Park, where Sunderland’s pre-season […]

Can Simon Grayson’s ruthless streak help Sunderland back to the Premier League?

... through the Championship, we're on our way?

At Salut! Sunderland, we do not necessarily long to hear the thoughts of Leeds United supporters. Their lot aren’t especially […]

Birmingham, Wolves, Brentford, Forest, Cardiff, Preston, QPR and Ipswich go missing from our poll

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I have to say I’m a bit surprised by the poll results to date. ‘Boro being top is reasonable. They […]