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Sixer Says: why I still find it hard to like Chelsea

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In my current curmudgeonly mood, I find it quite difficult to like Sunderland, let alone any of our opponents. But of all the teams we play, there are two that I just can’t get away with. One of them is Crystal Palace and I will save my thoughts on The Glaziers for later. The other is Phase 1 […]

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

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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

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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

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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

Another Tony Roffe/Jake collaboration: but do you need to be born in its shadow to support SAFC?

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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Barnsley vs Sunderland Guess the Score: the need to show we’re a Championship force

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As Paul Summerside put it here earlier this week, Saturday’s game at Oakwell is a much more important test of […]

Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: At least our name’s in the douli for the next round

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….Pete Sixsmith made the trip across the Pennines to Brunton Park last night and saw us win our […]

A View from the Avenue: Barnsley result crucial after a decent start

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So after tonight’s win at Carlisle in the Carabao Cup, is Paul Summerside chuffed to bits, mildly encouraged or part […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Carlisle 1-2 Sunderland. Bill Green honoured, our job done

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Beating Carlisle in the league cup, or what is now correctly called the Caraboa Cup (what, you may ask but […]

Grayson’s uphill struggle to mould a viable Sunderland squad

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William Sundin, a media production graduate from Sunderland University (though strongly suspected of being an Ipswich supporter) takes another clinical […]

Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?

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Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role […]