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As the World Cup looms, we remember why Sixer just loved Brazil 2014

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The World Cup is almost upon us. Time will tell what Salut! Sunderland’s contributors will make of it. All offerings welcome. Pete Sixsmith always comes up with interesting aspects and at least we have a handful of players to keep our interest up: Jordan Pickford (pictured by his occasional driver, this site’s great friend and […]

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Sixer says: goodbye John O’Shea, Robbie Stockdale and Adrian Tucker

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John McCormick writes: in this short piece Pete Sixsmith casts his eye over a couple of the more minor changes that have happened to our club in recent days. I say minor, that’s just in comparison to what else has gone on. We have lost three of the more successful, and more unassuming, people at […]

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Sunderland’s new order: Stewart Donald, Charlie Methven and Benjamin the Donkey

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Pete Sixsmith is on leave. In his place, Benjamin the Donkey interprets his thoughts … unless it’s Sixer in disguise As is well known around the area, we donkeys are noted for our cynicism and unwillingness to believe that, to quote the song, “Things Can Only Get Better”. The general consensus amongst we members of […]

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Sixer and Orwell: from Benjamin the donkey to Donald the SAFC saviour?

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    Monsieur Salut writes: what might George Orwell have said of the takeover? Will a new manager give Jack Rodwell a cuddle and turn him back into the player he thinks he still is? Questions about the takeover abound and who better than Pete Sixsmith to delve into his old George Orwell paperbacks, and memories of teaching history to […]

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Sixer’s selection: The Good, the OK, the Downright Awful and the Borrowed

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John McCormick writes: I’m remaining neutral in respect of a preference for promotion but I have to express an opinion about last night’s result. While we were outplayed for a lot of the second half Fulham only won because of two decisions the ref got wrong. One was to allow a goal where the scorer […]

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Sixer’s Sunderland renown goes global – or as far as a USA Fulham fan site

Sixer keeping cool

Got just under half an hour to spare? Click on the image of Sixer above and you then scroll down to hear a gloomily entertaining interview with a Fulham name familiar to anyone who enjoys Salut! Sunderland‘s Who are You? series. (more…)

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George Forster: ‘if only football’s powers had a shred of Mr Sunderland’s loyalty and integrity’

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Pete Sixsmith pays tribute to an early mentor of his football writing, George Forster, a man who exemplifies all that is good about the Sunderland AFC family of supporters and has just collected an appropriate accolade … In a season of deepest gloom, there was one bright spot – two if you count the reduction […]

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Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up a little. A wave of nostalgia swept over Sixsmith Towers after Salut! Sunderland‘s associate editor John McCormick alerted him to a showing of the 1973 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough. Sixer revelled in the reminder […]

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Sunderland’s transfer window: bring on Coleman’s cavalry charge or fear the worst

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Monsieur Salut writes: I asked Pete Sixsmith to cast a critical eye over the ins and outs now that the transfer window has slammed shut – shattered? – on us. I did not expect to find him absent from duty running in sheer joy up and down Busty Bank (which takes the envious souls of […]

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Sixer Says: if beating Stockton’s easy, can we now win at Middlesbrough?

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Pete Sixsmith‘s search for a regular football fix takes him to some odd games and odder places. But at least joining a crowd in small three figures to watch Sunderland Under 23s at Stockton in the Durham Challenge Cup brought him the spectacle of a Sunderland win … (more…)

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Sunderland’s Spanish conquest: ‘the essence of English football in its purest sense’

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

This well-researched and, for Sunderland fans, heartwarming slice of football history was written by David Hewitt, a PhD researcher in […]

The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]

World Cup Diaries: (3) our Middlesbrough-supporting chronicler enjoys his first game

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

This is the third instalment of the World Cup musings of Monsieur Salut’s Boro-supporting nephew, Andy Falconer, who saves hard-earned […]

World Cup Diaries: (2) pickpockets, a river spectacular and becoming an honorary Dane

Andy with - it seems - a Hibs fan

England’s turn at last and even Sunderland supporters with only modest interest in international football will be hoping one or […]

The Beautiful Game? Wrinkly Pete’s thoughts on the power of football

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John McCormick writes: We’re not the only old and famous club to be facing turbulent times and I’m sure our […]

Strangely Unmoved. What World Cup?

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When Colin put up his competition about prediciting the World Cup finalists I had a go.  I chose England because […]