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Sixer’s Soapbox: Moyes resigns, he won’t be missed

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John McCormick writes: end of season reviews have just begin, with Lars Knutsen providing the first with a piece entitled “Hire and fire”.  Some time in the next couple of weeks, depending on how many reviews there are, Pete Sixsmith will bring the season to a close. But M Salut called on Pete to perform a […]

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‘With Rob Mason’s diligence, SAFC would be preparing for Barca not Burton’

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

Monsieur Salut writes: I have offered the view of Sunderland AFC as I understand it at this link. Here is Pete Sixmsith with a wonderful tribute to Rob Mason, reluctantly departing editor of the award-winning SAFC matchday programme … One of the consequences of relegation is that there are changes behind the scenes. Players move […]

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RIP Cameron Duncan: Sixer remembers a former Sunderland ‘keeper

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..we received reports today of one of our former players who sadly passed away recently. He may have only played a few games for the Lads but he was one of ours. Pete Sixsmith remembers… Cameron Duncan John Penman, oft of these pages, texted me last night as I watched the Cristiano Ronaldo show, […]

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‘Game plan, you’re assuming David Moyes has one?’: Sixer to Bournemouth fansite

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

#SAFC v #AFCB "Ah, you are assuming he has a gameplan?" A sceptical Pete Sixsmith from @salutsunderland speaks https://t.co/WGqup3ZvQW pic.twitter.com/BklLZognk4 — The South End (@TFTSE) April 28, 2017 Steve Menary, a Bournemouth ‘Who are You?’ interviewee last season, asked if we could reciprocate by answering a few questions for his Tales from the South End […]

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Sixers Says: oh what fun to see a Sunderland win, and against Arsenal

Jake: 'There's more than one team that play in red and white in Sixer's life ...'

Before heading off to Yorkshire for Rugby League, Pete Sixsmith decided to share his happy experience of attending a home match involving Sunderland. Really! On a day when wins for Hull and Swansea brought the inevitable closer still, he saw a victory over Arsenal … What a pleasure to see a home win, giving us […]

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From Bradford to south Manchester, Sixer’s Easter groundhopping odyssey


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Pete Sixsmith had his say with Gary Bennett on the radio as he left the Sunderland-West Ham game, had his say at Salut! Sunderland and then started to enjoy his Easter football programme. Read on for a groundhopper’s fascinating description of journeys to Yorkshire and across the Pennines to add another batch of grounds to […]

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Sixer, spotting flying pigs, presents five ways Sunderland can avoid relegation

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

Pete Sixsmith was as stern with Sunderland after the 3-0 drubbing at the hands and feet of Manchester United as the fiercest of his masters at King James I grammar. But does he see light at the end of this bleakest of tunnels? He does, but then again does he? … Here, I put forward […]

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Brian Matthew RIP: farewell old mate, you got me through Sunderland matchday mornings

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  A few days ago, the BBC announced that Brian Matthew, owner of one of the great radio voices, had died. It was their Dave Swarbrick moment for he had not died after all but was critically ill. In the meantime, Pete Sixsmith had written this superb tribute … and now Brian has passed away, […]

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Defoe vs Newcastle: a moment to remember

Jermain Defoe's superstrike vs the Mags

Monsieur Salut writes: masquerading, until it’s corrected, as one Pete Smith, our own Pete Sixsmith was invited by our friends at Art of Football (OK I told them to sign him up) to write about the Jermain Defoe goal captured in that splendid print of theirs, the one you see above. Check it out at […]

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Encouraging but bruising for Kirchhoff as Manchester United beat Under 23s

... through the Championship, we're on our way?

What better way to get over the serial disappointment of following Sunderland’s first team than to take a look at the young ‘uns bursting with ambition and talent? That was Pete Sixsmith‘s theory. At least he saw Jan Kirchhoff’s return from injury (not that Man Utd seemed to care too much whether they inflicted another […]

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Who ate all the pies? And which club serves the best?

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Monsieur Salut writes: what is it about football and pies? Things many of us rarely eat in normal, civilised settings […]

A daughter writes: amid the grief, a good night for Manchester

Nathalie, left, and team-mates in women's football. They get exasperated watching us play

Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter. She plays football better than he ever did and tries to make up […]

End of season reviews: (4) just hold on, Lads (and Lasses)

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Peter Lynn is a great asset to Salut! Sunderland, with his eternal optimism and absolute love of the experience of […]

Sunderland’s 10 relegations: the Coventry City conundrum (part one)

Pete Sixsmith: 'you know I'm getting used to see the Lads beaten'

  Monsieur Salut writes: scroll down on the right of this article and you’ll find him: the perplexed Coventry fan […]

End of season reviews: (3) smilin’ like I’m happy, seeking extenuating circumstances

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Colin Randall writes: I commend this epic piece from our associate editor John McCormick, his superbly argued but also entertaining […]

Hutch’s Patch: the despair of one boy’s plea to Moyes after Chelsea

M Salut: I trust dad was keeping a close eye on this ...

Rob Hutchison is not always restricted to one-word, one-mark ratings after games he’s (mostly) seen us lose. Scenes at Stamford […]