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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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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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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 [...]

Wearied by the Borini saga, wondering whether we’re better off

John McCormick:

We’ve gone three PL games without any forward scoring so it looks like the front line failings we’ve experienced for [...]

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 …

The transfer window: a welcome to Seb Coates, Ricardo Alvarez. Anyone else coming?

If we have lost out on Fabio Borini, my first reaction is to wonder at all the energy devoted to [...]

Sixer’s QPR Soapbox: Sunderland slip up as Cattermole made to tread egg shells

Pete Sixsmith‘s wisest decision on Saturday was his choice of pub, the trick being to beat the ploddish Met Police [...]

Keir’s Player ratings: QPR 1 Sunderland 0 (and a bit from Birmingham)

Keir Bradwell sums up the players’ individual performances in marks out of 10 for the games at Loftus Road and [...]

For Bodjongo, for Fahim and maybe a little for Shankly’s ghost

Sixer warned he’d be late with his Soapbox, a day out on the Northumberland coast shading it as the more [...]