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

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

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

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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From Bradford to south Manchester, Sixer’s Easter groundhopping odyssey

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Pete Sixsmith had his say with Gary Bennett on the radio as he left the Sunderland-West Ham game, had his say at Salut! Sunderland and then started to enjoy his Easter football programme. Read on for a groundhopper’s fascinating description of journeys to Yorkshire and across the Pennines to add another batch of grounds to […]

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Sixer, spotting flying pigs, presents five ways Sunderland can avoid relegation

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

Pete Sixsmith was as stern with Sunderland after the 3-0 drubbing at the hands and feet of Manchester United as the fiercest of his masters at King James I grammar. But does he see light at the end of this bleakest of tunnels? He does, but then again does he? … Here, I put forward […]

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Brian Matthew RIP: farewell old mate, you got me through Sunderland matchday mornings

Brian Matthew: picture from the BBC

  A few days ago, the BBC announced that Brian Matthew, owner of one of the great radio voices, had died. It was their Dave Swarbrick moment for he had not died after all but was critically ill. In the meantime, Pete Sixsmith had written this superb tribute … and now Brian has passed away, […]

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After Toronto’s seize cup from Seattle Sounders , could Jozy and Grabban lead our uptable charge?

Jake: 'Jody scores, we're on the pitch'

Monsieur Salut writes: what strikers want to do is score goals. The best of them, like Brian Clough, Kevin Phillips […]

The Chapman Report from Wolves: ‘my game of the season so far’

not giving up

Bob Chapman is always a great stand-in for Pete Sixsmith, a home and away stalwart who lives so far south […]

Wrinkly Pete: the blame game and how Sunderland fortunes could revive

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John McCormick writes, I arrived back from Spain (where I’d been able to eat outside) around midnight last night, to […]

Sixer’s Sevens. Wolves 0-0 SAFC. Point made – and a good one

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Pete Sixsmith Monsieur Salut writes: Bob Chapman, standing in for Pete Sixsmith (absent on Santa duties), has the sort of […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: the company of Wolves

Promotion at first attempt!

Malcolm Dawson writes……the last time I went to Wolves, if I remember rightly, Stephen Elliot equalised with about 10 minutes […]

Wolves Who are You?: ‘fond of Sunderland but you’ll suffer a mauling’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Andy Nicholls* , moderator at the Wolves fan site Molineux Mix, is another old friend to this site. Seven years […]