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Sunderland Echo: a fond farewell as last page looms for the Pink

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

The newspaper is an endangered species. When Monsieur Salut was summoned to Abu Dhabi to help create The National, he was fully aware of being involved in possibly the last major newspaper launch the world would see. Under threat from electronic sources of journalism, dwindling sales and advertising and the evaporation of reader loyalty – […]

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Sunderland keep 11 on the field but cannot hold off West Brom

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Fresh from his great morning near Hull and rotten afternoon in it, Pete Sixsmith went to Eppleton to experience a football match of the 11 v 11 variety … The last game of 2013 at Eppleton saw the Under 21s miss the chance to go to the top of the 22-strong Premier Under 21 League […]

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Cabral and Diakité show how little Poyet has to fall back on

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  If you want confirmation of the popular view that Cabral’s exclusion from PDC, Bally and now Poyet teams is a scandal, this is not the place to be. Pete Sixsmith caught him, and Modibo Diakité, in an Under 21s game at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. And body language told him they must […]

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Sixer Says: let Sunderland maintain the weekend’s underdog theme vs Liverpool

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Pete Sixsmith‘s articles invariably speak for themselves. This one will have to – it’s an emergency late-of-night job with a busy day ahead … It’s well known that I am usually pleased when we have a Sunday kick off. It gives me an opportunity to take in another game, sometimes distant, sometimes local. It was […]

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Sixer says: boosting Bally, beating Middlesbrough, betting on PDC’s successor

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Despite the entertainment value of a five-goal match involving Kevin Ball’s young squad, talk turned inevitably to Matters at the Top. Read on for Pete Sixsmith‘s match report – and a tongue-in-cheek look at runners and riders for the nead coach job … No rebellions at Hetton as the development squad turned out for Kevin […]

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Paolo Di Canio’s sacking: (1) another bites the dust but no Pulis please

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Pete Sixsmith hardly had time to bask in the glory of a deservedly praised piece at the ESPN site’s Sunderland pages – http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/2100?cc=5739 – before he had to start writing again, this time on the news of Paolo Di Canio’s sacking. It kept him up late but he needed to get it off his chest […]

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Durham CCC: a magnificent achievement Sunderland and Newcastle fans cheer together

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County cricket tean = Durham, county football team = Sunderland. OK, you have to be nearly 40 to have been alive when Sunderland was a proud part of County Durham. All the same, that’s how lots of people still see things. But at the Riverside ground (can we still call it that?), Pete Sixsmith saw […]

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Sixer Says: Arsenal and all that

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As a tough Saturday afternoon looms, Pete Sixsmith wonders whether the return of football has come too soon … Two weeks away from the Premier League is good for the sanity, the blood pressure and the cat, who does not have to dodge a stray boot when I come in from the latest defeat. However, […]

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Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, Man Utd, Sunderland and the window of opportunity

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Salut! Sunderland’s Pete Sixsmith can remember the time when the transfer window was just an empty space covered in an old potato sack. Now the latest window has been closed, Peter gives his thoughts on the last minute activity that brought a further three players into the club … The great day has gone and […]

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They say we’ve got a revolution: Sixer previews the new season

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Yesterday a disappointing SAFC side lost 2-0 at home to an energetic, workmanlike Crook Town who showed flair when needed and took their chances well, making light of a disorganised defence. To cap it all their keeper saved a potentially game changing penalty which would have made it 1-1. Peter Sixsmith was there watching the […]

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Brighton at last? Norwich perhaps, or Derby, Leeds, ‘Boro and Sheffield? What’s your fancy?

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I was away last week and didn’t log on at much, on account of having a temperamental handheld device (a […]

From tumult to torpor: could Sunderland finally burst into action?

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

For Sunderland supporters, the close season has been one big mess. Going down had been unpleasant, all the more so […]

Graham Noble RIP: an adopted SAFC fan who lived up to the surname

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Monsieur Salut mourns the passing of a much-loved friend, former colleague and occasional occupant of Sunderland away ends … It […]

Salut! Sunderland’s ‘state of the club’ poll closes tonight

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The poll has had a good run and has now closed. The final vote updates the fugures you see below […]

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. […]