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Sixer at Rotherham: N’Zogbia shines as Moyes looks on

Malcolm Dawson writes…..all change at Sunderland AFC on Saturday morning with the official appointment of David Moyes but one thing remained constant. Pete Sixsmith took the trip down the A1 to see the latest game in the club’s pre-season preparations and provide us with his unique take on events. Still no new faces to beef […]

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Sam Allardyce, formerly of Sunderland, now of England, Observed

Stop press: Sixer was at Rotherham, along with David Moyes, to see an efficient 2-1 win friendly win. His Sixer’s Sevens verdict: “Good workout in front of new boss” The Observer digs deep one again into its coffers to recruit our own Pete Sixsmith for a few words on Big Sam. How deep? Er, not […]

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From Hartlepool to England. Bye bye Sam, hello David?

It threatens to be a sad day. The FA is expected to be appoint Big Sam to the England job and will not be apologising to Sunderland for the disruption its wretched foot-slogging has caused to our pre-season plans. Then the stage is set, or so we have been led to believe for David Moyes’s […]

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Big Sam for Sunderland. Klinsmann, Howe or whoever you want for England

Pete Sixsmith casts some light, and also some wisdom, on talk of Big Sam for the England job, finding relief in reports – albeit from an occasionally dodgy source – that the FA don’t want him anyway …

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Bravo Wales: like watching 1992 Liverpool cup final. And Davey Dowell RIP

Bear with the clip. It’s a Breton musician , Alan Stivell, singing Brittany’s version of Land of My Fathers, also its anthem as it is Cornwall’s, on to which he has superimposed a spine-tingling rendition by the crowd at Cardiff Arms Park … leads nicely into Pete Sixsmith‘s tribute to all Wales did at Euro […]

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Now the Euro Brexit for the pampered products of England’s failed academy

This is turning into one of the great modern stories: how a plucky little nation, scorned by the rest of Europe, lost to Iceland in Euro 16. — George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) June 27, 2016 Bravo George Caulkin, self-described ‘chronicler of misery for The Times (North East football, mainly)’, for that clever piece of gallows humour […]

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Fixture list: Newcastle gone, our nearest to a derby, Middlesbrough, comes early

Pete Sixsmith, quick off the mark, has already booked one must-do trip of recent seasons – if I say the last but one was a match of eight goals and we scored none of them, you’ll get the drift – and is raring to go. Here he casts an eye over the fixtures for 2016-17 […]

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Euro 2016: Sunderland exile Giaccherini makes the difference for Italy vs Belgium

Salut! Sunderland is always open to suggestions for posts from outside interests. Please welcome Cartridge People at whose invitation Pete Sixsmith reports on a match of his choice from the opening phase of Euro 2016. Watching Italy’s 2-0 victory over Belgium stirred memories from the distant past …

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Euro 2016: Sixer on England yobs, warlike Russians, reckless Cana and (elsewhere) Yedlin

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith makes 10 points from the opening sequence of the Euros but I seem to have reduced them to seven. I began yesterday in a rage against the moronic English ‘fans’ who, as I have witnessed at first hand, are as obnoxious a group of people as you’d hope not to […]

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Sixer Says: the Sunderland retained list. Adieu Fletch, Graham and the admirable Wes Brown

Pete Sixsmith casts an expert eye over the SAFC retained list … he offers broad approval for the decisions made and hopes for a few more exits, as well as signings, before long .. Many years ago, when Monsieur Salut and I were nowt but lads, the announcement of the retained list was an exciting […]

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Emotional turmoil – Sunderland’s summer so far

It’s becoming a little repetitive on Wearside. A positive end to a season that at one time seemed doomed. Hopes […]

What to call David Moyes’s post-match emails. He can enter, too

We may be humouring ourselves in describing the post-match missives of Sunderland’s successive managers as being all their own work. […]

Sixer at Rotherham: N’Zogbia shines as Moyes looks on

Malcolm Dawson writes…..all change at Sunderland AFC on Saturday morning with the official appointment of David Moyes but one thing […]

Sam Allardyce, formerly of Sunderland, now of England, Observed

Stop press: Sixer was at Rotherham, along with David Moyes, to see an efficient 2-1 win friendly win. His Sixer’s […]

It’s official – David Moyes takes the reins

Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson writes: and the second worst kept secret in English football over the past few weeks at […]

Off goes Big Sam and the Wearside air seems to have been chilly

As statements from football clubs about departing managers who have done a good job go, this is probably close to […]