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Sixer Says: Manchester United test Sunderland’s young hopefuls

Maybe Pete Sixsmith cannot get enough of the Stadium of Light after all, Not content with getting on for 200 minutes without a goal vs QPR and WBA, he was back there for the visit of Man Utd. But this was a youth game and not too many others braved the cold … A cold [...]

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Sixer Says: let’s offer a fond but grateful farewell to Jozy Altidore

The lads and lasses who support AK over in the Netherlands won’t be able to believe it. For them, Jozy Altidore scored goals for fun. Followers of the United States national team generally think he’s the real deal. But back in Blighty, in Hull and Sunderland, we all wonder about the lack of goals (a [...]

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Sixer Says: Under 18s developing First XI habits – but at least they score

Peter Sixsmith watches more live football than many a couch a potato sees on the box. Not for him the second hand delights of Roma v Lazio or the small screen experience of Hamilton Accies v Dundee United when there’s a live match on somewhere. There is of course the odd occasion when he’ll don [...]

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Sixer’s New Year resolutions: no laughing at Jozy, mocking Middlesbrough, expecting trophies

The ink is barely dry on Pete Sixsmith‘s heartfelt adieu to Alan Pardew – http://salutsunderland.com/2014/12/by-god-the-butlers-scarpered-fond-farewell-newcastles-monsieur-par-dieu/ – and now he comes along with some New Year’s resolutions. Almost simultaneously, Rob Hutchison – master of the one-word player ratings – offered with his succinct verdict on Sunderland’s 2014″ ‘Eventful,’ adding a few more words: ‘Can’t really remember [...]

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By God, the butler’s scarpered. Fond farewell, Newcastle’s Monsieur Par Dieu

Pete Sixsmith was attached to Pardew his butler, and the butler seemed contended enough with life in Shildon’s posh bit, Busty Bank. But Palace gold talks loudly and the butler – he may seem ungoldly but his name derives from the French Par Dieu (by God) – is off back down south, gratefully detaching himself [...]

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A year in Sixer’s Sunderland life – Newcastle, Southampton, Old Trafford and all

Pete Sixsmith has been following Sunderland for 50+ years. Sometimes, a single season seems like 50 years. Rarely, but not so much so as to be unheard of, one half of a game can get close, too (step forward SAFC v Hull City). Here are his highs and lows of 2014, plus a hope or [...]

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Sunderland Observed: Sixer suggests Messi and Iniesta in the transfer window

For a mid-season review of Sunderland’s performances so far, The Observer turned as ever to Pete Sixsmith. Here’s his verdict …

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Sixer Says: memories great and grim as Leeds cup battle looms

Pete Sixsmith, currently playing Santa for the children of County Durham, was born in Leeds and is an ardent supporter of the Leeds rugby league side. But we all know him as a passionate Sunderland supporter from boyhood, when he arrived in the North East and saw the light of righteousness. Who better to look [...]

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Sixer asks: must we go to Leicester?

Pete Sixsmith muses over the trip to Leicester which turns out, probably through no fault of its own but more to do with a long-held student grievance, to be less than his favourite city. Incidentally, his item on the death of former Sunderland goalkeeper Iain Hesford now appears here …

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Sixer gets shirty (Sunderland not Stoke) but acclaims one Leeds club

Every so often, others come cap in hand to Salut! Sunderland for help, almost always of the ‘free, reward-in-heaven’ variety. They want our views of this or that. Monsieur Salut reckons he has done his bit for unpaid journalism and usually asks around in case someone else fancies obliging the website, publication or broadcaster concerned. [...]

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Pure Poyetry: Gus gets to the point at Hull and gives thanks to all

Malcolm Dawson writes…..a point is better than nothing I suppose. Gus had said we needed to win one of the [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Hull City 1 Sunderland 1. Rodwell to rescue in late revival

Colin Randall writes: Pete Sixsmith watched the first half in dismay. To my ‘utterly atrocious’, he admitted to feeling ashamed. [...]

Wrinkly Pete, a fan bound for Hull, on these troubled Sunderland times

Peter Lynn is as wearied by events as Nic Wiseman, but heads for Hull full of measured hope, rational thoughts [...]

Wise Man Says: where has all the fun gone?

Where has all the fun gone? Nic Wiseman has been gazing into his navel at the current state of football [...]

Chapman Report: picking up points on the A1, not at Manchester United

Colin Randall writes: I’m never sure whether to elevate Bob Chapman to Robert for these post-match essays in Sixer’s place. [...]

Hull City vs Sunderland Guess the Score: Things Can Only Get Better

Well the headline gives you the hope. The reality comes at the KC when Gus Poyet once again tries to [...]