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Sixer Says: must we go to Leicester? And some sad news: RIP Iain Hesford

Iain Hesford*, SAFC’s goalkeeper in the Third Division title-winning season, has died at the cruelly young age of 54. Pete Sixsmith offers condolences to his family and a short appraisal of his Roker Park time. Before that, he muses over the trip to Leicester which turns out, probably through no fault of its own but [...]

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Sixer gets shirty (Sunderland not Stoke) but acclaims one Leeds club

Every so often, others come cap in hand to Salut! Sunderland for help, almost always of the ‘free, reward-in-heaven’ variety. They want our views of this or that. Monsieur Salut reckons he has done his bit for unpaid journalism and usually asks around in case someone else fancies obliging the website, publication or broadcaster concerned. [...]

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Praising Cattermole for what he is, and what he is no longer

It was clear the moment Monsieur Salut nominated Lee Cattermole as Sunderland’s player of the season so far (at ESPN: see http://www.espnfc.com/barclays-premier-league/23/blog/post/2129545/the-best-20-premier-league-players-so-far-this-season) that the North East’s football writers would feel obliged to follow suit. In fact, they’ve gone one step beyond and made him their player of 2014. Pete Sixsmith discusses a top three selection [...]

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Sixer Says: beginning of the end if we lose this one?

Pete Sixsmith is a worried man and he knows other worried men. It is up to Gus and the Lads to ease his concerns, starting at Selhurst Park … We all accept that Monday night brings a crucial game for both Sunderland and Crystal Palace. Win it and we rise above Palace, Leicester City and [...]

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Cabral: curious case of CL player begging to ‘train with the kids’

Cabral’s acquisition was one even Paolo Di Canio was thrilled by. A player of Champions League pedigree, he played well when given early spells of action but was abruptly dropped. Then he may as well have disappeared from Wearside, never to return. Now, Gus Poyet has made some utterly mystifying comments of his own without [...]

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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: must we go to Leicester? And some sad news: RIP Iain Hesford

Iain Hesford*, SAFC’s goalkeeper in the Third Division title-winning season, has died at the cruelly young age of 54. Pete [...]

Phew, internationals nearly over. So Guess the Score as Sunderland visit Leicester

Love them or loathe them, international breaks get in the way of the normal business of Salut! Sunderland. But for [...]

The Way It Is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is is [...]

Graham gone. Jozy going, maybe. But are Wickham & Fletch fixtures?

I have been worrying for a while about our strike force. Until this week, if we leave aside development squad [...]

Leicester vs SAFC Who are You?: (2) ‘never-ending love affair’

Who’d run a football website? Just as we’d settled into some really good readership results, along comes the dreaded passion [...]

Leicester City v SAFC Who are You?: (1) on SuperKev, racism and survival

Finding a Who are You? candidate is not always easy. With Leicester City it was a cinch. Not one but [...]