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Soapbox: Burnley blues

His verdict for The Observer was succinct and spot-on. But that shabby second half at Turf Moor left Pete Sixsmith with plenty more to say … Standing in the away end at Turf Moor at half time, I received a text from a Burnley supporting mate, sat in the Bob Lord Stand to the right […]

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A needless defeat observed

Once again, Salut! Sunderland’s Pete Sixsmith was asked to sum up the match for The Observer. Why couldn’t he have had something cheerful to say? Abject, dismal, appalling – those are the words that spring to mind for many Sunderland fans when contemplating our second-half descent into unnecessary defeat at Burnley. Here is Pete’s more […]

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The diver turning in his grave

Colin Randall kills time with a quick rant about diving … When I was a lad and couldn’t afford a Subbuteo set, I devised a makeshift version using various toys – toy soldiers, toy cops, whatever came to hand – and a marble for the ball. The floor or table provided the pitch. My star […]

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Who are you? We’re Burnley

Burnley, “little Burnley”. The dark, satanic north-west as captured by Andreas Andrews. Also, a force in English football in the early 1960s, but a narrow escape from relegation from the Football League in the 1980s. Burnley fans have known thin times and only the older ones can have first-hand memories of a more glorious era. […]

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Points to make

… “Has there ever been a better opportunity for us to record three straight Premier wins?” ..

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In and out club (2)

This is an important time for Sunderland AFC. All fans have their thoughts on players who’ve gone, those who’ve arrived. With the transfer deadline passed, Pete Sixsmith has his say on the state of the squad … So, the transfer window slammed shut, the transfer gate was bolted and the transfer deadline has been passed […]

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In and out club (1)

“…the fact is the team was not good enough to move us on….”

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Who are you? We’re Norwich City (2)

…”She IS a decent sort. And that’s the problem. Thanks to her image as the nation’s favourite cuddly, friendly, inoffensive TV chef, she’s taken that and our Norfolk outlook on life and moulded the club in that image. ….”

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Stephen Wilson RIP

“… on his first passport, he described himself as an archaeologist because he was on a job scheme at Binchester Fort at the time… “

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SAFC’s Hollywood alter ego

…”Steve Bruce has done well in overcoming the won’t-play-in-the-North-East arrogance of so many players, or is it their Wags?…”

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SAFC vs Hull City Who are You?: (2) poignant Wembley memories

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

  Monsieur Salut writes: Kathryn Townsley, our Hull City ‘Who are You?’ interviewee, talked here yesterday about all sorts of […]

SAFC vs Hull City Who are You?: (1) who will avoid the drop?

Jake: 'you may have seen this one before - M Salut just deleted the date'

Monsieur Salut writes: although we sometimes – OK, often – go back to familiar faces for the Who are You? […]

SAFC vs Hull City prize Guess the Score: the annual relegation scrap

Click on the picture above, guess the score and you may win a prize whoever you support

Oh dear, muses Monsieur Salut. The piece below was prepared before the Cardiff debacle. Will anyone be left to predict […]

Wrinkly Pete says: to be or not to be a borrower, that is the question

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John McCormick writes: It’s appropriate as we look towards Hull, well known Capital of Culture, that we get into the […]

Sixer’s sub’s soapbox: Grounds for pessimism after Cardiff

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Pete Sixsmith didn’t quite take the day off but the trip he made was a short one, only over the […]

Hutch’s one-word ratings from Cardiff: hang your heads in shame Sunderland

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Olivia Hutchison has done nothing to deserve the pain inflicted on her by Sunderland AFC when she goes with her […]