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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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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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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 [...]

Fifty years of Sunderland openers: (3) Southampton, long before self-destruct reigned

Pete Sixsmith continues his series of knowledgeable retrospective glances at opening games of seasons past in over a half-century of [...]

Postcard from Portugal: praising van Aanholt and Catts, rebuking a hostile minority

Two down, one to go, with a win and a defeat so far. Our man in Portugal, Richy Duggan, offers [...]

Pure Poyetry: CD Nacional 1 SAFC 0. Gus happy enough in defeat

Last season, CD Nacional finished fifth in the Portuguese top flight,qualifying for the Europa League. So the win that looked [...]

Postcard from Portugal: Mika’s joy puts smiles on Mackem faces

From our Own Correspondent, as the BBC might say. Richy Duggan, Salut! Sunderland’s man on the Algarve continues his diary [...]

Pure Poyetry: Recreativo de Huelva 0 SAFC 1. Boss hails Mika winner

Delighted to add another goal to my name! Hopefully many more to come.. So blessed ?????? — Mikael Mandron (@MikaelMandron) [...]

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 [...]