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Sixer observes: Allardyce fit for purpose as season draws to a close

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith doesn’t just deliver “The Observer” sometimes he gets asked to write for it too. As is their wont The Observer follows the lead of Salut! Sunderland by doing end of season reviews and ask the fans of all clubs to sum up their Premier League campaign. You can read the whole […]

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Sixsmith says: Something for the weekend, sir?

John McCormick writes: There are a quite a few posts and comments coming in as we enter the last week of a tumultuous season. They are all good but this one, from Pete Sixsmith, is a¬†cracker. It contains words of warning to the manager, suggestions for a pre-match warm up, and lots of memories. Not […]

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Words of caution ahead of SAFC-Everton: beware the ides of May

Pete Sixsmith‘s been there, says John McCormick. He’s done it. He knows the season’s not over until the final whistle blows, and that the gods of football and fortune love to mock us. So join his prayer for what we all want tomorrow night, admire his epic support of the club through thin, thin and […]

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Bravo Leicester, keep faith with Sunderland and this season’s real champions, Shildon

We can take our hats off to Leicester City, fully deserving Premier champs. We can pray those of us with a God, that Sunderland somehow manage for the last three games what the Foxes did in nine a season ago. And, to lighten heavy spirits, we can share Pete Sixsmith (and Monsieur Salut)’s joy at […]

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Hillsborough: how the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest tragedy epitomised a rotten era

It seems appropriate to make this the briefest of introductions and let Pete Sixsmith speak for himself and for a generation of football supporters treated shamefully by authority …

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From West Ham, Bournemouth, Spurs to Wearside: Defoe, Player of the Year

We had a reference to Shakespearian tragedies last week and now Pete Sixsmith quotes the Bard in an appreciation of Jermain Defoe, who has been named Sunderland’s player of the year as voted by supporters. Come what may, the striker has done his job in style. Even the Londoncentric pundits are forever reminding us of […]

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Norwich v Sunderland: Norfolk dumplings, Wearside bruisers and stings in the tail

The nerves are beginning to show. Monsieur Salut accepts at ESPN that it’s not Big Sam’s mustn’t-lose, but a clear must-win match. History offers little solace. The task falls to Sunderland AFC, in front of their 15th sell-out away crowd in a wretched season, to raise their games and flatten the Norfolk Dumplings, so known […]

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Let’s roar our support but banish those Leicester and Norwich clappers

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith is a proper football fan. Prawn sandwiches may be an odd thing to call posh (copyright Roy Keane) but you wouldn’t catch Sixer eating one at the game all the same. Nor should you look out for him in the East Stand on Sunday and expect to see him with […]

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Sixer Says: SAFC 2-2 Southampton: Under 21s’ title hopes dented

The Under 21s have done significantly better in their league than the senior Lads have in theirs. Pete Sixsmith, has been a regular at home games, caught their last of the season and paid proper attention – despite the competing instinct to ponder away trips to the Pirelli Stadium and Craven Cottage, not to mention […]

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If this doesn’t inspire the Lads against West Bromwich, nothing will …

Sunderland cannot save themselves with one game, as we did when West Bromwich Albion visited the Stadium of Light on May 7 2014. But that was the last-but-one mat ch of the season. We’d done the hard work under Gus Poyet, beating Man United and Chelsea at their own places and walloping Cardiff at home. […]

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The ‘Who are You?’ Awards frontrunners: West Brom, Tottenham … and Exeter

It is that time of year. Salut! Sunderland is preparing to make its annual HAWAY awards, honouring the best of […]

Season reviews (7):staying up under Allardyce – as seen from down under

Malcolm Dawson writes…..last year Marcus Procopio, as Aussie as pie floater, vegemite and snags and tomato sauce joined our happy […]

Season reviews (6): one bound and free

Malcolm Dawson writes…..in the sixth of our end of season reviews Ken Gambles brings back memories of Saturday mornings at […]

Season review (5): how Fireman Sam saved a sinking ship on Wearside

In this, the latest end of season review from our regular and not so regular contributors, Paul Summerside takes a […]

Season reviews (4): the love story continues now let’s climb every mountain

Wrinkly Pete aka Peter Lynn has been delving into his record collection again to provide the inspiration for his end […]

Season reviews (3): Sunderland’s Special K factor

Michael Robinson is always happy when cricket returns, not least because it means Sunderland’s woes are over or close to […]