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Sunderland vs Everton Guess the Score: stick to football, not cricket figures

I have promised a prize in each Guess the Score unless or until relegation is a certainty. That holds. Pete Sixsmith expects mighty embarrassment on Saturday. Everton have been in terrific form. We, er, have not. I have a horrible premonition about Gus Poyet’s post-match e-mail ruing that killer third goal, just when we looked [...]

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Tottenham vs SAFC ‘Guess the Score’: routine defeat or Houdini escape act begins

Here’s a deal. I will offer a prize mug for each remaining game in which we start with a mathematical chance of staying up. I will even send mugs off to those kind enough to have become Friends of Salut! Sunderland – eyes right please – just as soon as I can persuade myself I [...]

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Sunderland vs West Ham ‘Guess the Score’ PLUS Champions League final comp

Guess the Score – absent without leave prior to Liverpool vs SAFC – returns along with news of a great competition where the prize will be tickets, travel and accommodation for two for the Champions League final in Lisbon …

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Norwich City v SAFC Guess the Score: ‘defining moment for both’

This week, I have deliberately ignored any article, one line or in print, with a headline suggesting words by Gus Poyet or players about the game at Norwich City on Saturday. Any expression of confidence, even hope, is meaningless. All that matters is the result. We know that without being told.

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Hull City vs SAFC: another Sunday, another cup. Guess the score

Win on Sunday and, as we all know, at least one more Wembley date beckons. Some pragmatic supporters feel that having had our day of pride, competing on equal terms with one of the best teams in the world so that they were time-wasting shamelessly before the undeserved third goal, we should settle for an [...]

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Manchester City beat Sunderland again, but it’s only Guess the Score

Check out the Campo Retro website at We said the prize could go to a supporter of either league cup final side and Simon Curtis, our Man City guest in the “Who are You?” hot seat, was the winner. Simon, a past prize-winner in the annual “Who are You?” awards, loyally but also, sad [...]

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Sunderland vs Manchester City prize Guess the Score: the tension mounts

We went early with Guess the Score and have already had a good few entries. Check the replies at and see which scorelines remain available. I’d prefer you to leave your predictions there but will regard any here as eligible provided they are the first to nominate a particular result. Read on for a [...]

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Sunderland vs Manchester City: prize Guess the Score. It’s their cup final

Cup final week, even if technically not, so let’s go early with Guess the Score – and let’s also have a bumper entry … A Caribbean cruise? No. Tickets for the World Cup Final in Brazil? Not quite. That’s the bad news. The good is that the League Cup final Guess the Score is not [...]

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Arsenal vs Sunderland Guess the Score: and Sobs is already a winner

Roll up for the great Salut! Sunderland Guess the Score ahead of the visit to the only ground in the world that’s quieter than the Library, aka Highbury.

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Sunderland v Southampton Guess the Score: unwanted distraction or more glory?

In the piece I have just written for ESPN, and which now appears at the Sunderland pages, I began by raising the question of whether we are just in one cup competition too many. In the time between starting to write and, after an interruption for a family chore, finishing the article, I reached my [...]

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The Way It Is: where readers can have their say on anything

Cup excitement has been and gone and we’re back to the grind of fighting for our Premier League lives. So [...]

Sixer’s Manchester City Soapbox: pressure’s off, so football’s on for Sunderland

So Pete Sixsmith succumbed to the power of a lifetime’s devotion. Instead of West Auckland vs an Eden Buses XI, [...]

Pure Poyetry: on almost upsetting the Man City apple cart

Following Sunderland we learn to expect the unexpected. Having failed to achieve victory in the games we thought were winnable, [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2. So, so unlucky

It is not yet clear what happened to Pete Sixsmith‘s ticket for the Etihad. He has sent his customary seven-word [...]

A Bumper England World Cup Bundle for a football know-all

Another competition, more goodies to win, as the World Cup approaches. In fact, there is no need to be a [...]

The Robson Report: in an SAFC world without Poyet, who’d be next?

Still not the start of ‘Wembley and Bust’, the series in which our contributors will discuss what went so drastically [...]

Sixer Says: something rotten in the state of Sunderland

Rats live on no evil star. The ultimate palindrome, or at least the one we learned at school. In this [...]