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James Alexander Gordon, football radio’s master of intonation

M Salut writes: something told me we’d be hearing from Pete Sixsmith on the passing of that wonderful voice of broadcast football results, James Alexander Gordon. He was football’s Brian Johnston, with only Jimmy Armfield from recent years getting close in terms of wise, reassuring familiarity. Pete correctly identifies that knack JAG had for making [...]

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Leicester’s mad drummer, Cabella’s hair and new-fangled nicknames test Sixer’s nerves

Never say Pete Sixsmith is a reactionary old grump. He may like Brian Matthew, old-fashioned football with short back and sides, music-free terraces and fans who have at least some idea of the geographical location of their chosen clubs. But – oops, we’ve just realised there are no buts …

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Sixer Says: Sunderland’s season prospects Observed

Pete Sixsmith was once again called upon by The Observer for some pre-season thoughts … Pre-season has been relatively uneventful on and off the pitch – not always a bad thing. We made three decent signings early on, have brought in Van Aanholt from Chelsea and expect a couple more before the season starts. Jordi [...]

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Graeme Anderson: a towering figure of Sunderland AFC journalism

Pete Sixsmith offers a generous but thoroughly deserved appraisal of Graeme Anderson, who has performed with great style and accomplishment the delicate tightwire act of reporting on SAFC for the local paper without falling off either side (self-destruction or obsequious compliance) for a long stint that is now ending as he enters the world of [...]

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Sixer sees Hearts in right place, misses Portugal and Danny Graham scoring

We have our spies, or at any rate a spy, in Portugal who promises faithfully to act as Salut! Sunderland‘s foreign correspondent. No spies in Lincolnshire, so far as we know, so we must just trust the reporters got it right and Danny Graham really did score. Pete Sixsmith had mates there who can fill [...]

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Glorious Reeth as Sixer joins the Tour de France’s Grand Depart

Along with Kate and Wills and Harry and Dave, though in rugged Reeth rather than posh Harrogate, Pete Sixsmith took part in the great British love-in with the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in Yorkshire. Here’s an account of his day …

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Sixer Says: ladies’ day at Hetton as Sunderland women ‘master’ Yeovil

Pete Sixsmith has been known to pooh-pooh women’s football, though not usually when Monsieur Salut’s football-playing daughter Nathalie is within earshot. But even he has been impressed by the superb efforts made by the Sunderland Women’s Football Club in recent years, many achievements crowned by overcoming outrageous FA obstacles to enter the Super League. So [...]

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Brazil 2014. Home before the postcards

John McCormick writes: As the song almost goes: Louis Louis, oh, no, we gotta go. Or maybe not, but we’re hanging by the thinnest of threads. Here’s Pete Sixsmith’s take on events.

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Sixer on fixtures, Jozy and cricket lovely cricket with Durham’s SAFC contingent

Pete Sixsmith soaks up World Cup football and county cricket and offers a thought or two on the fixtures list for 2014-2015 … I decided to forego the fixtures breakfast at the Stadium of Light yesterday morning and satisfied myself with a home-made brekkie of porridge, blueberries, tea and a bacon sandwich before firing up [...]

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Sixer reflects on Jules Rimet, Jack Colback and Egon Krenz

There are no EBAC Northern League friendlies to tempt him out of the house this month and Durham’s attempts to retain the County Championship seemed destined to be thwarted by the weather, so with only Rugby League and reruns of Midsummer Murders to occupy him, Peter Sixsmith takes a break from determining the futures of [...]

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Salut! Sunderland: The Way It Is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is is [...]

A tale of two cities, Sunderland and Newcastle, on league cup duty

Let Rob Hutchinson explain for himself how he came to see us and the Mags on successive nights …

QPR Who are You?: SAFC fans ‘don’t age well, but Joey does’

Kieran Robinson – check him out at kieranrobinson.com – was recommended to us as a QPR candidate for ‘Who are [...]

Sixer’s Midweek Meander: Birmingham 0 Sunderland 3

John McCormick writes: The gods of football are conspiring against me at the moment and I’m finding it hard to [...]

QPR vs SAFC ‘Guess the Score’: no beer, no prize

Can two sets of supporters, from good, decent football clubs, be trusted to share the same licensed premises with a [...]

Pure Poyetry from Birmingham: ‘I knew goals were coming’. Stoke next

Gus Poyet accepts Sunderland made a poor start but is delighted that the goals finally came. Stoke at home in [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Birmingham City 0 Sunderland 3. We always win 3-0, Lee

Pete Sixsmith was wondering on his way to Birmingham whether he ought to question his own sanity. Awful ground, long [...]