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Sixer Says: Leicester youth seen off before seniors’ bounceback starts vs Arsenal

Monsieur Salut writes: The last I saw of Pete Sixmith was when he boarded one train, and I another, at Southampton Central. It’s fair to say our spirits were not high. As we await our Mannone payouts – Sixer reckons £500 would cover his extended south coast stay; mine involves diesel and motorway tolls for [...]

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Roy Keane: skip the Manchester United bits for a fine Sunderland read

We’ve seen the headlines and, if we chose to do so, read the reports. Fergie and other Man Utd spats will grip others. We may all retain a healthy feeling of distaste at his lack of remorse for the appalling assault on Alf-Inge Haaland whatever the latter had done to displease him. The bits that [...]

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Sixer’s way with the Ladies as Doncaster Belles stall Sunderland’s impressive march

No question, for Pete Sixsmith, of straight home for pipe, slippers and tea in front of Saturday evening telly after the welcome home win against Stoke City. Instead, he joined more than 1,000 others willing Sunderland Ladies* to a victory that would have clinched an outstanding achievement, promotion to the top tier of the Women’s [...]

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Sixer Says: SAFC young ‘uns earn their spurs against Tottenham

Vote for Salut! Sunderland in the Football Blogging Awards: see http://salutsunderland.com/2014/09/football-blogging-awards-make-your-yes-vote-count-for-salut-sunderland/for details Unlike our 13-year-old pundit Keir Bradwell, Pete Sixsmith is not a contender for Young Blogger in the Football Blogging Awards. While he awaits a suitable category for long-in-the-tooth stalwarts, he’ll settle for votes for the site. But Sixer’s passion for the game at [...]

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Sixer Says: three cheers for the England international break

Pete Sixsmith makes no secret of his love for the non-league game and, indeed, for the oval ball (provided it’s played to the RL code), the corker and stumps, the (formerly) doped-up Tourists de France and – for all we know – tiddlywinks {again, RL code only). You, too, could enter this world of honest [...]

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Sixer Says: here’s a long-sufferer’s view through the window as it slammed shut

This is one Pete Sixsmith prepared earlier, a jaundiced look at the dying phase of the transfer window …

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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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Football Blogging Awards: make your Yes vote count for Salut! Sunderland

It is time to vote in the annual Football Blogging Awards. There are some big guns in the field and [...]

Refund for Southampton debacle: a grand gesture, but let Grace House benefit

Let Salut! Sunderland reproduce, word for word, tonight’s statement from SAFC. I had an inkling something was afoot when the [...]

Sixer Says: Leicester youth seen off before seniors’ bounceback starts vs Arsenal

Monsieur Salut writes: The last I saw of Pete Sixmith was when he boarded one train, and I another, at [...]

Dodgy numbers raise the question: ‘Can we dodge the bullet?’

Before the season started I used some dodgy stats and history to predict this seasons relegated candidates, including a couple [...]

Keir’s Ghostly Player Ratings: Sunderland’s men of the match at Southampton

What would Keir Bradwell, our marks-out-of-10 columnist, make of it? One reader, Bill, said Seb Larsson was the only player [...]

After West Ham (1968), Watford (1982) and Southampton (2014): a dozen questions

Still on the national news, still getting ribbed mercilessly if someone spots the SAFCSA membership card in my wallet, still [...]

Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: ‘my ultimate humiliation’ following Sunderland

Colin Randall writes: What more is there to say? Vito Mannone suggests the players should club together and refund the [...]