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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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Sixer Says: oh for Derby or Wigan and not QPR

One grain of pure white snow, Bert Jansch wrote in his classic song about drug addiction, Needle of Death. It hasn’t yet become quite that bad at Sixsmith Towers. Pete Sixsmith still has a few sporting outlets to get him through the early summer and there is the World Cup to, er, look forward to. [...]

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Wembley and Safe: Sixer closes series, applauding Borini, Cattermole – and Jose Fonte?

Monsieur Salut, borrowing a bit from Churchill, writes: this is not the beginning of the end. In fact, it’s officially the end of the grand Wembley and Bust Safe series. If you were within an ace of sending your own, it will have to appear as a comment. Pete Sixsmith casts his magisterial eyes over [...]

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Thanks SuperKev: Southampton, Blackpool, Crystal Palace, WBA and Birmingham may agree

Pete Sixsmith pays tribute to Kevin Phillips and that, loyal readers and any visitors from SuperKev’s pre and post-SAFC stop-off places, is all that is needed by way of introduction. Apologies to Leicester, Watford, Aston Villa and Baldock Town – ran out of headline room …

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The Cardiff crunch: let April end kindly for Sunderland

Vincent Tan has made something of a name for himself in South Wales, getting rid of a popular manager and showing contempt for such outdated notions as football tradition and the wishes of lifelong fans. Now he stands between us and the h*** of salvation. Ha’way the Lads and Ha’way Pete Sixsmith – see something [...]

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Sixer Says: something rotten in the state of Sunderland

Rats live on no evil star. The ultimate palindrome, or at least the one we learned at school. In this outstanding analysis, Pete Sixsmith detects lots of rats scurrying about in the bowels of the Stadium of Light. And he still hasn’t decided what to do with the Man City v SAFC ticket sitting on [...]

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Sixer’s substitute’s Soapbox: plenty to enjoy at Hartlepool

Malcolm Dawson writes…..the past few days have been a hectic time for our star reporter, Pete Sixsmith. Having been at [...]

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 will [...]

Summer Gold update: Tasmin Archer is still Sunderland’s Sleeping Satellite

It was a treat to re-read Tasmin Archer’s interview, now seven years old and therefore from the infancy of Salut! [...]

Pure Poyetry: Hartlepool 0 SAFC 0 – Hartlepool 0 SAFC Development Squad 3

Malcolm Dawson writes…unlike Saturday today was a scorcher until we got to Monkey Hanging country that is, where it was [...]

Fifty years of Sunderland openers: (2) visions of hell at Millwall

The New Den is hardly the Old Den. Back in 2000, a semi-reformed Millwall Yob-and-Proud-of-It – he’d become a published [...]

Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: the splendour of England, the torpor of friendly football

Pete Sixsmith ought to have been a professional football writer, as his priceless accounts at Salut! Sunderland demonstrate season after [...]

Pure Poyetry: young legs come good in Cumbria – Carlisle 0 Sunderland 1

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith’s half time text read “marginally less than inspiring”. I wasn’t there but Gus was and he [...]