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Allardyce’s broken England dream: dodgy entrapment or just deserts

Sam took the club by the scruff of the neck - just like he did with The Moose

Monsieur Salut writes: Despite far too many decades as a journalist (three of them with The Daily Telegraph), I have serious misgivings about sting operations. They may sometimes uncover genuine malpractice but, among a number of concerns, I wonder who polices the stinger, in this case the Telegraph. This newspaper has after all spent several […]

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Sixer Says: Shrews may be no easy prey for Black Cats

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Malcolm Dawson writes….we’ve already a great preview of tomorrow’s League Cup from Shrewsbury fan Carl Jones (read it here). How much we should read into the result, whatever it is, is a moot point, as is how much time David Moyes is allocating to the preparations with the transfer window nearing closure. Now Pete Sixsmith […]

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Sixer says – The Season is almost upon us

Pete Sixsmith and memories of a cup run, as opposed to el Alamein

John McCormick writes: An e-mail from Pete Sixmith arrived today.  A little further down my mailbox was a second e-mail, from M Salut, which surmised that Kone was ours no longer. A hasty check of Sunderland’s website provided no news but BBC’s red button told me he’d asked to leave, which put Pete’s post into some kind of context. […]

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Bravo the Lads vs Dortmund and Fulham vs Newcastle, but keep Kone

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Thank heavens for Pete Sixsmith‘s willingness to keep tabs on Sunderland from Busty Bank in Shildon – or, as in this case, from up in the wilds of Howden-le-Wear. Here are his thoughts on the final preseason friendly. It’s a beautiful August morning in County Durham. The dog has been delivered and the papers have […]

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Sixer Says: grains of hope in 3-2 defeat of Dijon

Pete Sixsmith: Real Betis, real close to home, real football

Dijon is a fairly attractive town set in the beautiful region of Burgundy. Links between there and Sunderland probably don’t extend beyond the short time one of their former managers, Patrice Carteron, spent at SAFC (the famous highlight of his stay being a goal against Newcastle United). The town does give its name to a […]

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Sixer at Rotherham: N’Zogbia shines as Moyes looks on

Jake: all smiles by next May?

Malcolm Dawson writes…..all change at Sunderland AFC on Saturday morning with the official appointment of David Moyes but one thing remained constant. Pete Sixsmith took the trip down the A1 to see the latest game in the club’s pre-season preparations and provide us with his unique take on events. Still no new faces to beef […]

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Sam Allardyce, formerly of Sunderland, now of England, Observed

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Stop press: Sixer was at Rotherham, along with David Moyes, to see an efficient 2-1 win friendly win. His Sixer’s Sevens verdict: “Good workout in front of new boss” The Observer digs deep one again into its coffers to recruit our own Pete Sixsmith for a few words on Big Sam. How deep? Er, not […]

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From Hartlepool to England. Bye bye Sam, hello David?

Pete Sixsmith: Real Betis, real close to home, real football

It threatens to be a sad day. The FA is expected to be appoint Big Sam to the England job and will not be apologising to Sunderland for the disruption its wretched foot-slogging has caused to our pre-season plans. Then the stage is set, or so we have been led to believe for David Moyes’s […]

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Big Sam for Sunderland. Klinsmann, Howe or whoever you want for England

Sam Allardyce - a Sunderland love story gone wrong

Pete Sixsmith casts some light, and also some wisdom, on talk of Big Sam for the England job, finding relief in reports – albeit from an occasionally dodgy source – that the FA don’t want him anyway … (more…)

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Bravo Wales: like watching 1992 Liverpool cup final. And Davey Dowell RIP

Pete Sixsmith: 'sir, you look just like a real author!'

Bear with the clip. It’s a Breton musician , Alan Stivell, singing Brittany’s version of Land of My Fathers, also its anthem as it is Cornwall’s, on to which he has superimposed a spine-tingling rendition by the crowd at Cardiff Arms Park … leads nicely into Pete Sixsmith‘s tribute to all Wales did at Euro […]

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Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion Guess the Score: let action replace words

Jake: 'restore our faith, Lads'

Hands up anyone who is looking forward to Saturday. In fact, there’ll be plenty. Support, loyalty, passion often transcend the […]

Salut paying its respects to a Black Country man in black

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….as we prepare to meet the Baggies of West Bromwich Albion Alan Graham, an old mate of mine […]

Sunderland v West Brom: random thoughts on Rondon, Vic Halom and Baggies anthem

Jake: 'restore our faith, Lads'

Monsieur Salut writes: the review section of the UAE newspaper I write for, The National, has a feature they call […]

West Bromwich Albion ‘Who are You?’: once-reviled Pulis’s ‘searing honesty’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Every few months, a satellite US radio station Sirius XM, asks me onto a late show (late […]

Allardyce: once Sunderland’s Messiah, now just a very naughty boy

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We’ve already had Pete Sixsmith’s words of wisdom on the Sam Allardyce affair. Here, Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson […]

Allardyce’s broken England dream: dodgy entrapment or just deserts

Sam took the club by the scruff of the neck - just like he did with The Moose

Monsieur Salut writes: Despite far too many decades as a journalist (three of them with The Daily Telegraph), I have […]