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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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Sixer Says: everything you wanted to know about Jeremain Lens. And more

Salut! Sunderland extends a warm welcome to Jeremain Lens, our new signing from what Pete Sixsmith prefers to call Dinamo Kyiv, Monsieur Salut was effusive at ESPN – “precisely the player Sunderland lacked all last season, a man with the flair and pace to open up defences, set up strikers with chances and score goals” [...]

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Sixer Says: Mandron on target again as another Sunderland team wins

Pete Sixmsith was at the bus stop in time but the United to Sacramento – see Advochaat at – must already have gone. So he pitched up at Consett instead … The Development Squad continued its tour of the west of Durham by moving up the A68 from Tow Law to Consett, a distance [...]

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Sixer Says: Lawyers’ defence found lacking as Development Squad hit five

Malcolm Dawson writes….it’s not often you can see two full internationals for three quid but Pete Sixsmith, myself and a smattering of the Hetton Irregulars did today at Ironworks Road, Tow Law. Santiago Vergini and Charalampos Mavrias started with the majority of the Development Squad against a Tow Law side who, it has to be [...]

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Sixer Says: SAFC off to a winning pre-season start vs Darlington

It seems a little too early for football but it’s back all the same and Pete Sixsmith was at Bishop Auckland to catch a 4-2 win for the Lads … A pleasant evening in DL4 as the season opened at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park ground, where Darlington are tenants – and, if rumours are to [...]

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Sixer Says: a warm welcome to Adam Matthews, stepping up from Celtic

Rest assured, stray Celtic fans, the headline is meant tongue in cheek. In fact, you can come here and tell us what sort of player Adam Matthews really is. There is no doubt that Big Dick is more comfortable working alongside a Director of Football than his immediate predecessors and we can be sure that [...]

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Thomas Sorensen, of Sunderland, Stoke, Villa and Denmark: a well-earned Sixsmith tribute

Just as the players (Coates included) were due to report back Pete Sixsmith’s extended season came to an end. But, unlike those on international duty, he doesn’t get extra time off. No sooner has he put his pen down from his other job than he has to pick it up for M Salut and take [...]

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Sixer Says (before disappearing): Wes Brown and what the retained list overlooks

Pete Sixsmith is about to vanish beneath a tall pile of exam papers to mark. It’s a wretched job but has to be done and helps towards season ticket purchases for SAFC and Durham County Cricket Club. Before he pulled on his history teaching/examiner’s hat, he took a look at Sunderland retained list (*see in [...]

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Sixer’s good news in threes: Advocaat’s return, Blatter’s downfall, a cricketing feast

Pete Sixsmith was quick off the mark in welcoming news of Dick Advocaat’s one-year term as head coach. Here is his considered view on this and other developments in football …

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Salut! Sunderland bids a grateful farewell to Dick Advocaat

Pete Sixmsith offers an appreciative, heartfelt and understanding adieu to our departing saviour. Even after just nine games in charge, Dick Advocaat will be a hard one to follow … Since I started writing for Salut! Sunderland I have written valedictory pieces for Roy Keane, Ricky Sbragia, Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo di Canio and [...]

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Bournemouth and Watford; Norwich and Leicester. What about Aston Villa? And what about us?

There’s a week to go, more or less, to the big kick-off so it’s time to revisit our dodgy numbers [...]

Hutch’s one word ratings: new boys only bright spots at Doncaster

Malcolm Dawson writes…he’s back. Our man of few words with his summation of last night’s players’ performances. Rob Hutchison was [...]

Sixer’s Soapbox: gloomy outlook after Doncaster display

Malcolm Dawson writes…I was tied up until 5.00pm but considered making the trip to South Yorkshire until first hand reports [...]

Dick’s Doncaster Advochaat: every silver lining has a cloud!

Malcolm Dawson writes…what do we want from pre-season friendlies? Well I would like to see some indication that the team [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: done over by Doncaster!

Pete Sixsmith had already seen the first team pre-season when they came from behind to beat Evostik Premier League side [...]

Sixer’s Travels: Mandron hits two more in Boston, Lens prepares Doncaster debut

Pete Sixsmith isn’t envious of those who followed Sunderland’s pre-season tour, Ha’way Out West. After all, he’s had his share [...]