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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: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

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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Defoe vs Newcastle: a moment to remember

Jermain Defoe's superstrike vs the Mags

Monsieur Salut writes: masquerading, until it’s corrected, as one Pete Smith, our own Pete Sixsmith was invited by our friends at Art of Football (OK I told them to sign him up) to write about the Jermain Defoe goal captured in that splendid print of theirs, the one you see above. Check it out at […]

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Encouraging but bruising for Kirchhoff as Manchester United beat Under 23s

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

What better way to get over the serial disappointment of following Sunderland’s first team than to take a look at the young ‘uns bursting with ambition and talent? That was Pete Sixsmith‘s theory. At least he saw Jan Kirchhoff’s return from injury (not that Man Utd seemed to care too much whether they inflicted another […]

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The blessed and the damned: ‘SAFC, Crystal Palace and one other for drop’

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The Observer asked fans of the bottom seven clubs to say who would go down and who would survive. Perhaps to no great surprise, all seven – our own Pete Sixsmith included – said Sunderland would drop. Pete did allow for another possible great escape but without much confidence. Everyone apart from the Palace supporter […]

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Bravo Lincoln, Ha’way Sutton, no sorrier for Burnley than for Leeds

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OK, it’s just an excuse to revive an old classic from the pen of Pete Sixsmith, last heard of ‘having lunch in Easter Road prior to Edinburgh City vs Montrose at Meadowbank’ (completing his Groundhoppers’ Scottish set). But Monsieur Salut, while not disliking Burnley, is chuffed to bits by Lincoln’s win at Turf Moor  and […]

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Sixer Says: disappointments vs Burnley, Atherton Collieries, Everton and for SAFC Ladies

Shildon Tunnel

Pete Sixsmith was among the tens of thousands who gave a miss to Sunderland vs Burnley. Oh what they missed. Sixer’s comeuppance came when the match he chose instead ended with a heavy defeat in the FA Vase for Shildon. the first team M Salut and almost certainly he saw in their County Durham boyhoods. […]

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FA Cup Third Round: five good, five bad. Everton, Notts County make both lists

Bobby Kerr and the FA Cup, May 5 1973

… in which Pete Sixsmith looks back on the good, bad and exceedingly ugly FA Cup 3rd Round ties he remembers with affection or disgust … Excitement levels among Sunderland supporters, it has to be said, have not been high over the impending FA Cup tie with Burnley. I have my ticket due to the […]

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Sunderland and the transfer window. Doom and gloom Observed

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

It hardly seems appropriate after yesterday but Salut! Sunderland wishes all readers, including those who contribute to its pages, a very happy new year … Monsieur Salut writes: surely no football team sets out to play as woefully as ours did at Burnley yesterday. It just happens. Sadly, of course, it seems to happen to […]

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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. […]