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Sixer Says: a hearty Salut! Sunderland welcome to Ola Toivonen

At this stage of the window it is always a bit suspect treating reports on transfers as gospel. We are getting to that stage where both buying and selling clubs are plying the art of brinkmanship. Selling clubs are hoping that potential purchasers may pay over the odds, whilst those in the market for certain [...]

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Norwich now in the know – Sixer answers their questions

Malcolm Dawson writes…….our Who Are You feature this week is provided by Paddy Davitt who covers Norwich City games for the Eastern Daily Press and their related publications. (Read it here). Returning the favour Pete Sixsmith has responded to their own questionnaire about our forthcoming fixture. At the moment there’s nothing on their website (and apologies [...]

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A bientôt, M’Vila. New signing sees red in Norwich semi-rehearsal

Monsieur Salut has already – a little gloomily – speculated that next Saturday’s game at home to Norwich may be the season’s first relegation six-pointer. He also had a conversation with a French acquaintance who remembered almost every detail of Yann M’Vila’s fall from French international grace. Leicester left Pete Sixsmith in downbeat mood, too, [...]

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‘Can we have midtable mediocrity like Manchester United under Moyes?’

Under the heading ‘VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Sunderland fan on Wes Brown, signing Januzaj and Big Dick’, the in-demand Pete Sixsmith gave some straightish answers to Scott the Red, from the Man Utd fan site Republik of Mancunia …

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It’s FootbalI Not Soccer: Sunderland, Newcastle, Norwich, Stoke and Southampton previewed

It is fair to say Pete Sixsmith does not care greatly who wins the Premier League title, at least not while we seem not quite up to the challenge ourselves. So do not be surprised that he gives a different answer to the question depending on when he is asked.

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Ten things Sixer wants for Sunderland (and others) in 2015-2016

Fresh from his media blitz – video clip for The Guardian, Total Sport on BBC Radio Newcastle – Pete Sixsmith climbs back upmarket to share with Salut! Sunderland readers the 10 things he’s hoping for in the coming season …

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Sixer Says: can’t play like Chelsea, can talk total sport to The Guardian

John McCormick writes:some 7,687 votes have been cast in our relegation poll. I wonder if Guardian writer Louise Taylor is among the voters. She’s one of a team that predict we’ll finish 15th, according to the opening line of her assessment of our chances for this season.

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Leicester City v SAFC: managerless, no adult as goalie but one point

Monsieur Salut asked Pete Sixsmith for a slice of nostalgia and it doesn’t come much better than this, a lovely piece that brings back to life an opening game played between Sunderland and Leicester City – ie the other way round from this coming Saturday – more than 50 years ago. We were both there, [...]

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Sunderland’s prospects Observed: Sixer says we’ll finish higher (but not much)

As usual. The Observer made a pre-season raid on the thoughts of Pete Sixsmith. Sixer obliged, but before the 1-0 win against Hannover in the last of the pre-season friendlies. See if you agree with his prognosis for the season about to start (it’s at The Observer‘s own site, too, at So far we’ve [...]

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Sixer Says: everything you ever wanted to know about Younes Kaboul. And more

Yesterday (16th July) saw a positively frenetic burst of transfer activity. At least it was in terms of what has gone on so far. One out – the unwanted but recently signed Santiago Vergini off to the climes of sunny Spain on loan. And one in. The announcement that Younis Kaboul had arrived on Wearside [...]

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Aston Villa vs Sunderland: Guess the Score, Guess the Bigger Club

Villa fans swimming to these shores must forgive what they would see as the impertinence of the headline – both [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 2 SAFC 2. Ever so slowly getting better

With Pete Sixmsith at Wembley for Rugby League, it was a day for one of those seven-word verdict preceded by [...]

Sixer Says: a hearty Salut! Sunderland welcome to Ola Toivonen

At this stage of the window it is always a bit suspect treating reports on transfers as gospel. We are [...]

Unanswered questions about Advocaat’s future squad as Sunderland face Aston Villa

For no really good reason, except that it’s Friday and no one ever seems to write for these pages on [...]

Aston Villa vs Sunderland Who are You?: ‘a tenner on finishing 10th’

Welcome back, Stuart Jinks*. Jinksy, as some will remember, is a past winner – first prize no less – of [...]

Sixer’s 6-3 Soapbox: pain and pleasure in beating Exeter. Bring on Manchester City

The defeat of Exeter City, with a quirky scoreline, had Salut! Sunderland delving into murky territory. The introduction to Sixer’s [...]