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Sunderland 1 Chelsea 0 as Mourinho’s Under 21s settle for play-acting

Week after week, whatever the team, a supporter famous or unknown comes to the Salut! Sunderland ‘Who are You?’ hot seat and expresses horror at one of the scourges of the current game: the squalid combination of diving, feigned injuries and attempts to get fellow professionals booked that has become so prevalent we ask interviewees [...]

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Sunderland 1-0 Everton: just the Under 21s but can this victory be an omen?

Hull were comfortably beaten at home by Arsenal, making it four out of six results from the weekend games, our own included, to go our way. That’s five out of six if Newcastle, their flimsy challenge tossed aside at Leicester, are sucked deeper into the danger zone. Pete Sixsmith decided the Under 21s game last [...]

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Sixer assesses survival chances and sees another away side score four in Sunderland

Pete Sixsmith was at both of those games affecting SAFC and stayed to the bitter end, along with a few hundred others (or so it seemed). This time a scoreline with four goals for the away team left him smiling … Two more wins, two more wins………. That would almost certainly keep Sunderland in the [...]

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Sixer’s Goodbye to Gus: ‘my seat will be empty if SAFC go down …’

This is the essential piece on Gus Poyet’s dismissal. Over to a gloomy Pete Sixsmith … And so the deed has been done. The general consensus here in the North East is that it had to be after that performance on Saturday and that the club and the former Head Coach can now move on [...]

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Mandron, Watmore, Beadling sink West Ham Under 21s. Contenders for the Boleyn?

When there’s proper football to be had in the flesh, Pete Sixsmith isn’t likely to stay in to watch Man Utd vs Arsenal on the box, with United fans incensed at Michael Oliver’s application of relatively simple laws of the game. He took himself off to Hetton to see Sunderland’s Under 21s in winning action. [...]

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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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Season reviews: A far reaching view from a “positive guy”

  Marcus Procopio has graced these pages before. Being based in Perth  (I think that’s the Australian one) it could [...]

Reviews of the Season: pathetic, spineless lows but a Montyesque goalkeeping high

The end-of-season reviews continue to flow in. Ken Gambles is another of our writers with a wealth of experience of [...]

The Chapman Report from Chelsea: summer relief for the well-travelled SAFC fan

Bob Chapman brings down the curtain on what we hope has been another season of fine, incisive reporting from each [...]

The highs and lows of Sunderland’s season, at a handy glance

John McCormick writes: regular readers will know that I’ve been tracking the progress of SAFC and other at-risk clubs by [...]

Reviews of the Season: ‘got lucky. Twice as many wins as defeats’

John McCormick writes: when the fixture fairy first waved her wand I thought I might struggle to make more than [...]

Chelsea blues and the decline and fall of Sunderland-Newcastle bragging rights

Pete Sixsmith awarded himself another day off from actually travelling to an expensive away game, settling for Barnes and Benno [...]