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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

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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

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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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When Scotland beat England and the Tartan Army liberated chunks of Wembley

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England vs Scotland or Shildon vs Crook Town? Guess which Pete Sixsmith has chosen for tomorrow night’s entertainment and guess, too, which international game he feels moved to recall from long ago. And what a great excuse to parade Jake’s images of celeb Sunderland fans … (more…)

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McClean break: (2) maybe he should try his luck with Wigan Warriors

James McClean. useful squad player, no more

Test cricket at Chester-le-Street wasn’t greatly inspiring so Pete Sixsmith was able to get his teeth, as promised, into the James McClean departure. This is the second and final part of our look at the transfer; the first is at http://salutsunderland.com/2013/08/mcclean-break-1-bitter-disappointment-as-he-joins-wigan-or-good-riddance/ … (more…)

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Gillingham vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: can the Lads keep it going?

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Time once again to guess the score. Fourth top and unbeaten in League One, albeit after just three games, Sunderland […]

Gillingham Who are You?: the Nyron Nosworthy Appreciation Society

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Monsieur Salut writes: games come thick and fast in League One. We’ve hardly had time to celebrate the emphatic home […]

The North Eastern Programme Club: (2) class acts for George Honeyman to follow

Monsieur Salut writes: long ago, Pete Sixsmith and I were the owners of a would-be business empire we called the North […]

Sixer’s Scunthorpe Soapbox: Iron can’t cope with the hard press

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..two weeks ago we celebrated the first win of the Donald/Methvyn/Jack Ross era in a way that was […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Scunthorpe United ironed out in the first 45

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I can’t remember the last time I put in a (3)-(0) to signify the half time scoreline when setting up […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Scunthorpe United

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John McCormick writes: Scunthorpe itself probably predates the Norman Conquest as the suffix “Thorpe” in a place name indicates a […]