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From WBA to Bolton, Sixer chooses his top 10 moneyback Sunderland games

Pete Sixsmith will, for once, be absent when Sunderland take on Arsenal on Saturday. No boycott, just the competing lure of Shildon in the FA Cup. But the post-Southampton soul-searching and self-flagellation must have set him thinking. Here’s a dip into the archives of his mind … It was an honourable decision by the players [...]

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Sixer Says: Leicester youth seen off before seniors’ bounceback starts vs Arsenal

Monsieur Salut writes: The last I saw of Pete Sixmith was when he boarded one train, and I another, at Southampton Central. It’s fair to say our spirits were not high. As we await our Mannone payouts – Sixer reckons £500 would cover his extended south coast stay; mine involves diesel and motorway tolls for [...]

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Roy Keane: skip the Manchester United bits for a fine Sunderland read

We’ve seen the headlines and, if we chose to do so, read the reports. Fergie and other Man Utd spats will grip others. We may all retain a healthy feeling of distaste at his lack of remorse for the appalling assault on Alf-Inge Haaland whatever the latter had done to displease him. The bits that [...]

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Sixer’s way with the Ladies as Doncaster Belles stall Sunderland’s impressive march

No question, for Pete Sixsmith, of straight home for pipe, slippers and tea in front of Saturday evening telly after the welcome home win against Stoke City. Instead, he joined more than 1,000 others willing Sunderland Ladies* to a victory that would have clinched an outstanding achievement, promotion to the top tier of the Women’s [...]

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Sixer Says: SAFC young ‘uns earn their spurs against Tottenham

Vote for Salut! Sunderland in the Football Blogging Awards: see http://salutsunderland.com/2014/09/football-blogging-awards-make-your-yes-vote-count-for-salut-sunderland/for details Unlike our 13-year-old pundit Keir Bradwell, Pete Sixsmith is not a contender for Young Blogger in the Football Blogging Awards. While he awaits a suitable category for long-in-the-tooth stalwarts, he’ll settle for votes for the site. But Sixer’s passion for the game at [...]

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Sixer Says: three cheers for the England international break

Pete Sixsmith makes no secret of his love for the non-league game and, indeed, for the oval ball (provided it’s played to the RL code), the corker and stumps, the (formerly) doped-up Tourists de France and – for all we know – tiddlywinks {again, RL code only). You, too, could enter this world of honest [...]

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Sixer Says: here’s a long-sufferer’s view through the window as it slammed shut

This is one Pete Sixsmith prepared earlier, a jaundiced look at the dying phase of the transfer window …

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James Alexander Gordon, football radio’s master of intonation

M Salut writes: something told me we’d be hearing from Pete Sixsmith on the passing of that wonderful voice of broadcast football results, James Alexander Gordon. He was football’s Brian Johnston, with only Jimmy Armfield from recent years getting close in terms of wise, reassuring familiarity. Pete correctly identifies that knack JAG had for making [...]

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Leicester’s mad drummer, Cabella’s hair and new-fangled nicknames test Sixer’s nerves

Never say Pete Sixsmith is a reactionary old grump. He may like Brian Matthew, old-fashioned football with short back and sides, music-free terraces and fans who have at least some idea of the geographical location of their chosen clubs. But – oops, we’ve just realised there are no buts …

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Sixer Says: Sunderland’s season prospects Observed

Pete Sixsmith was once again called upon by The Observer for some pre-season thoughts … Pre-season has been relatively uneventful on and off the pitch – not always a bad thing. We made three decent signings early on, have brought in Van Aanholt from Chelsea and expect a couple more before the season starts. Jordi [...]

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Arsenal ‘Who are You?’: out with Wenger, fond of SAFC, don’t care about Spurs

Quaking in their boots in expectation of a heroic bounceback from 8-0 – or breezily confident, after coming from behind [...]

After Eight: a mint Sunderland vs Arsenal edition of Guess the Score

What better to accompany the tea or coffee, or stronger, in your rollover pair of prize mugs than a few [...]

Football Blogging Awards: make your Yes vote count for Salut! Sunderland

It is time to vote in the annual Football Blogging Awards. There are some big guns in the field and [...]

The gloomy stats that doom QPR, Burnley and Newcastle (or us)

John McCormick:

Lost in the deluge of post-Southampton news, anger and gallows humour, John McCormick applied a scholarly eye to the statistics [...]

Wrinkly Pete: last words on Southampton and some of them are positive

We cannot guarantee these will be the very last words – Salut! Sunderland clings to democratic values – but, speaking [...]

From WBA to Bolton, Sixer chooses his top 10 moneyback Sunderland games

Pete Sixsmith will, for once, be absent when Sunderland take on Arsenal on Saturday. No boycott, just the competing lure [...]

Ha’way the Lasses: outclaw Millwall Lionesses to wring the Doncaster Belles

It is possible that no win at all will be needed for Sunderland Ladies in their final game to complete [...]

Gambles’ Rambles: Yes to Mannone’s humility, a resounding No to moneyback culture

Just as old cynics – step forward Ken Gambles and also M Salut – were wondering what sort of reception [...]