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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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Sunderland’s opening win observed

… a good, solid win…

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Sunderland end of term reports (4): seven good, seven bad

Since Salut! Sunderland burst into action in Jan 2007, Pete Sixsmith has delivered a seven-word verdict – known collectively as Sixer's Sevens – on each match, in relatively few cases games not actually attended by him. Looked at over a season, these judgements reveal a mixture of hope and despondency, wit and wisdom. In the […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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

Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]

SAFC vs PNE Guess the Score: the Coleman factor and keeping faith

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Monsieur Salut writes: here’s another Guess the Score. Pete Sixsmith may or may not enter but is already fearful of […]