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Now the Euro Brexit for the pampered products of England’s failed academy

This is turning into one of the great modern stories: how a plucky little nation, scorned by the rest of Europe, lost to Iceland in Euro 16. — George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) June 27, 2016 Bravo George Caulkin, self-described ‘chronicler of misery for The Times (North East football, mainly)’, for that clever piece of gallows humour […]

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Fixture list: Newcastle gone, our nearest to a derby, Middlesbrough, comes early

Pete Sixsmith, quick off the mark, has already booked one must-do trip of recent seasons – if I say the last but one was a match of eight goals and we scored none of them, you’ll get the drift – and is raring to go. Here he casts an eye over the fixtures for 2016-17 […]

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Euro 2016: Sunderland exile Giaccherini makes the difference for Italy vs Belgium

Salut! Sunderland is always open to suggestions for posts from outside interests. Please welcome Cartridge People at whose invitation Pete Sixsmith reports on a match of his choice from the opening phase of Euro 2016. Watching Italy’s 2-0 victory over Belgium stirred memories from the distant past …

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Euro 2016: Sixer on England yobs, warlike Russians, reckless Cana and (elsewhere) Yedlin

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith makes 10 points from the opening sequence of the Euros but I seem to have reduced them to seven. I began yesterday in a rage against the moronic English ‘fans’ who, as I have witnessed at first hand, are as obnoxious a group of people as you’d hope not to […]

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Sixer Says: the Sunderland retained list. Adieu Fletch, Graham and the admirable Wes Brown

Pete Sixsmith casts an expert eye over the SAFC retained list … he offers broad approval for the decisions made and hopes for a few more exits, as well as signings, before long .. Many years ago, when Monsieur Salut and I were nowt but lads, the announcement of the retained list was an exciting […]

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A Tale of Two Cities including Newcastle. Our final Sunderland season review

It’s never over until the fat lady sings. With a strict exercise regime and sensible dietary arrangements, Pete Sixsmith is well on his way to becoming a much slimmer version of the Sixer we know and love. Let’s hope it doesn’t affect his voice or his writing, as Adele reportedly fears could happen to her. […]

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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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The people have spoken: Hull, Burnley and Bournemouth to leave the union

Would you believe that some people, somewhere, think Man Utd  will be relegated? And that others say the axe will fall […]

Italy’s star, SAFC’s underachiever. Where did it go wrong with Giachherini?

Sorry for the patchy appearance of new material here, John McCormick’s splendid efforts excepted. In the tetchy climate, I daren’t […]

Now the Euro Brexit for the pampered products of England’s failed academy

This is turning into one of the great modern stories: how a plucky little nation, scorned by the rest of […]

Not quite Real Madrid, not quite Barcelona. But better than Swansea and Stoke

It’s been a few years since I’ve done a timely review of Deloitte’s “Money League”, which usually comes out in […]

Our best defenders: part 2, in praise of John O’Shea

Midfielders' wins, draws and losses

We started our season at Leicester with a line up that included Seb Coates and Costel Pantsilimon. Substitutes included Adam […]