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Sixer Says: Liverpool overcome Under21s despite Danny Graham goals in stirring fightback

From a late cameo role to help preserve the lead at Crystal Palace, Danny Graham – in his 31st year – went straight into the Under 21s lineup to face Liverpool in a league cup tie. Top of the Barclays U21 Premier League, SAFC had already beaten the Scousers once and surely started favourites. Graham […]

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Crystal Palace v SAFC: straight from Sixer’s mouth to the Eagle’s Beak

Crystal Palace vs Sunderland. One year on from going to that wretchedly inaccessible ground of theirs – unless you like lengthy treks from railway stations – and winning 3-1, we are very much the underdogs. A big performance is needed if Big Sam is to make our plight look less hopeless. We’ll hear tomorrow from […]

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Winning Sunderland, whining Newcastle and winsome Everton

When not watching clips of Coloccini barging into Fletch and maybe getting the wrong colour of card, Pete Sixsmith has been purring about the 3-0 win against Newcastle and hallucinating about a Geordie Nation campaign to force a replay. Six-in-a-row has that effect. But can we make it three-in-a-row, three successive wins at Goodison? It’s […]

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Warm post-Newcastle glow resists defeat to Manchester United Under 21s

Monsieur Salut writes: on Friday I found myself at a London event sitting next to one of the world’s least likely Newcastle United fans, Marwan J Al Sarkal, chief executive officer of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Sharjah, as every schoolboy should know, being next door to Dubai and one of the the seven […]

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Clickety click: Salut! Sunderland says happy birthday, Arsenal’s Arsène (and Our Sam)

Pete Sixsmith offers a sincere if qualified and somewhat whimsical joyeux anniversaire to Arsène Wenger – to whom Monsieur Salut does warm, much more wholeheartedly – without forgetting that another, younger manager recently celebrated his own birthday …

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SAFC v Newcastle United: (4) wanting a win but longing for Monday

Get the Salut! Sunderland Facebook group above 500 members. Join today at this link So Salut! Sunderland‘s buildup preparations for the Wear-Tyne derby are just about done. Ticket is sorted, travel plans have been made. Look at the home page – www.salutsunderland.com – and you’ll find a prize Guess the Score and updated look at […]

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Big Sam – and Sixer – assess Sunderland’s return to Europe as Borussia Monchengladbach held

Back when he was a rookie teacher learning how to negotiate safe passage through what was those days called the blackboard jungle, Pete Sixsmith watched our FA Cup Final heroes of 1973 doing battle with Vasas Budapest and Sporting Lisbon in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, winning both home legs and then again in Hungary […]

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Valedicktion: Sixer coins a word, fearing ‘we’ll not see Advocaat’s like again’

Pete Sixsmith‘s report of the 2-2 draw with West Ham, and the dramatic aftermath, drew comments from both his brothers, Bishop-dwelling Michael (that doesn’t mean he lives inside a senior cleric) and exiled-in-Greece Phil. Will his farewell to Dick Advocaat produce another Sixer hat-trick? Continuing our classical theme, we move from the Greek swansong (so […]

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On the eve of Borini’s return, how Sixer welcomed Liverpool’s golden couple

A grand weekend read for those who missed it the first time round – and it comes with Erin Borini’s seal of approval though she has not yet turned up at Sixer’s for that cuppa or to be shown round the vacant house next door … Pete Sixsmith was inconsolable when Salut! Sunderland, in common […]

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Observing the Transfer Window: Sixsmith’s Sunday Supplement

John McCormick writes: A couple of previous posts invited comment on SAFC’s  transfer activity. Now the National Press is getting into the act.  Not content with Pete Sixsmith’s welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Borini, today’s Observer wanted to know what he thought of our dealings overall. His response was brief and to the point. Perhaps […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: more positive, fewer negatives after Sunderland sink Stoke

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith is about to go out, may even have already gone out, to do his Christmas duty on […]

SA’s essay: Sam’s Happy, we’re happy. Out of the bottom three.

John McCormick writes: Ed posted on facebook that he was dressed for winter before he headed off for his normal […]

Hutch’s Patch: Watmore floors Stoke, nearly tops the lot in one-word verdicts

Rob Hutchison is quick off the mark with his one-word verdicts and marks out of 10 after the 2-0 win over […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2 Stoke City 0. Thrilling PVA and Watmore clinchers

Monsieur Salut writes: we’ve been as critical as any others of Patrick van Aanholt this season. So let’s hear it […]

Sixer Says: Liverpool overcome Under21s despite Danny Graham goals in stirring fightback

From a late cameo role to help preserve the lead at Crystal Palace, Danny Graham – in his 31st year […]

SAFC v Stoke Who Are You: ‘Sir Stan, Walters, Whelan, Bardo. Oops’

It’s been a while since we heard from Richard Hulme*, on his own account a veteran of more than half […]