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The Championship cometh: we start with Derby, end with Wolverhampton

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Monsieur Salut writes: so now we know the who and the when of our Championship opponents for the coming season. We haven’t the faintest idea who will be managing Sunderland, owning Sunderland or playing for Sunderland except that – news update – it won’t apparently be Fulwell73, but the fixtures list doesn’t wait for such […]

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Sixer Says: the comic opera that is SAFC just now

Pete Sixsmith sees the clouds looming on Teesside

Malcolm Dawson writes……..David Moyes might have been lured to the North East with false promises about a year ago but surely no self respecting potential candidate for the vacant manager’s office at the Stadium of Light can be under any illusions about which way the club is going. Peter Sixsmith isn’t either as he considers […]

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Jordan Pickford, formerly one of our own: Everton buying ‘an absolute gem’

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Pete Sixsmith offers his thoughts on all the Stadium of Light developments: the exit of Jermain Defoe, the strong talk of Derek McInnes being on the verge of appointment as manager – and, first as you’d expect, the likely departure of Jordan Pickford … At last things appear to be moving at the Stadium of […]

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My groundhopping stunners (especially Spennymoor-Blyth Spartans) and stinkers (most Sunderland games)

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Pete Sixsmith has seen 180 games since the season began. The ones he regrets most involve the Lads in red and white, or whatever away strip in which they were purporting to play. But along the way, he’s seen some great football as well as the duds … (more…)

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End of season reviews: (8) this was Sunderland’s worst Premier relegation, points aside

Jake: 'I did think a pile of manure might be the right image'

Pete Sixsmith, as ever, brings our end of series reviews to a climax and it is a suitably bleak one. Salut! Sunderland thanks all who have contributed to or shown interest in the features published in the series, which be seen in full here. No prizes for guessing before scrolling down what mood Sixer will […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Moyes resigns, he won’t be missed

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John McCormick writes: end of season reviews have just begin, with Lars Knutsen providing the first with a piece entitled “Hire and fire”.  Some time in the next couple of weeks, depending on how many reviews there are, Pete Sixsmith will bring the season to a close. But M Salut called on Pete to perform a […]

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‘With Rob Mason’s diligence, SAFC would be preparing for Barca not Burton’

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Monsieur Salut writes: I have offered the view of Sunderland AFC as I understand it at this link. Here is Pete Sixmsith with a wonderful tribute to Rob Mason, reluctantly departing editor of the award-winning SAFC matchday programme … One of the consequences of relegation is that there are changes behind the scenes. Players move […]

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RIP Cameron Duncan: Sixer remembers a former Sunderland ‘keeper

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..we received reports today of one of our former players who sadly passed away recently. He may have only played a few games for the Lads but he was one of ours. Pete Sixsmith remembers… Cameron Duncan John Penman, oft of these pages, texted me last night as I watched the Cristiano Ronaldo show, […]

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‘Game plan, you’re assuming David Moyes has one?’: Sixer to Bournemouth fansite

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

#SAFC v #AFCB "Ah, you are assuming he has a gameplan?" A sceptical Pete Sixsmith from @salutsunderland speaks https://t.co/WGqup3ZvQW pic.twitter.com/BklLZognk4 — The South End (@TFTSE) April 28, 2017 Steve Menary, a Bournemouth ‘Who are You?’ interviewee last season, asked if we could reciprocate by answering a few questions for his Tales from the South End […]

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Sixers Says: oh what fun to see a Sunderland win, and against Arsenal

Jake: 'There's more than one team that play in red and white in Sixer's life ...'

Before heading off to Yorkshire for Rugby League, Pete Sixsmith decided to share his happy experience of attending a home match involving Sunderland. Really! On a day when wins for Hull and Swansea brought the inevitable closer still, he saw a victory over Arsenal … What a pleasure to see a home win, giving us […]

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Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]

On Sunderland beating Hartlepool 2-1 and Mannone ‘heading for Reading’

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This is not really Sixer’s Sevens, much as it relies on Pete Sixsmith’s reflections from Victoria Park, where Sunderland’s pre-season […]

Can Simon Grayson’s ruthless streak help Sunderland back to the Premier League?

... through the Championship, we're on our way?

At Salut! Sunderland, we do not necessarily long to hear the thoughts of Leeds United supporters. Their lot aren’t especially […]

Birmingham, Wolves, Brentford, Forest, Cardiff, Preston, QPR and Ipswich go missing from our poll

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I have to say I’m a bit surprised by the poll results to date. ‘Boro being top is reasonable. They […]