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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Manchester United 1. Empty and untitled

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

The flat end of season many of us feared, while outwardly hoping for something special, seemed assured when Wayne Rooney put Manchester United ahead and the only first-half chance for Sunderland was squandered. Would the second half bring that special ingredient, especially with United players knowing Man City were ahead? Well it got better for […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 2 Bolton Wanderers 2. Excellent goals, no glory

This was so typical of the poorer parts of the season: easy surrender of possession, sloppy defending and a failure to build on or even protect a lead. Fortunately Sunderland also broke the April duck with two well-taken goals by Nicklas Bendtner and James McClean to make sure we at least were not defeated. But […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 0 SAFC 0. So near

How can a team score three at Man City and then go the whole of April without managing another? Well we have only next Saturday to put that right after yet another 0-0 draw, this time in a game we might easily have lost for failing to take any of the good chances we created. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Someone’s missing O’Neill’s message

What was it Martin O’Neill told the players after we went out of the FA Cup? End the season in style, finish as high as you can … surely this was not what he had in mind. (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 4 SAFC 0 – mint toffees skin cats

The half time analysis on Radio Newcastle focused on the result of the US Masters such was the paucity of action in the first 45 minutes. The 2nd half commentary of Barnes and Bennett struggled to make itself heard above the singing Evertonians in the press box as the Toffees ran riot yet again. Well […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0. A match for the best

Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester City 3 SAFC 3. And it feels like losing …

A magnificent performance left Sunderland feeling that a draw at the Etihad stadium, where no team had won or – until today – drawn in the Premier League this season, amounted to two cruelly lost points. (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Everton 2. Not remotely good enough

Pete Sixsmith

Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: half time, one down to Everton, badly needing a lift

Jake asks: can we do it again 75 and 39 years on?

Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 3 QPR 1 – Black Cats purring again

Jake pins Sixer to the wall

Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two. […]

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The bookies say Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton and Scunthorpe. What about you?

McCormick's Craic(featured image) full size 640 x 138

And so we have it: the fixtures are out. You’ll be getting your fill of dates, and conjecture from all […]

Alim Ozturk gets the traditional Salut! Sunderland welcome

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

No time for much else, but Salut! Sunderland could not let the signing of Alim Ozturk – our first acquisition […]

Charlton at home to start. Seaside promotion party at Southend to finish?

Just a few of Jake's generic Salut! Sunderland images ...

Monsieur Salut introduces the full fixtures list for next season, starting with Charlton at home, remembers an ambitious pre-match request […]

World Cup Diaries: (4) Moscow en fête as Russians celebrate another big win

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

Our Boro-suppporting World Cup diarist – Monsieur Salut’s nephew, Andy Falconer – changes city. After revealing in the beauty of […]

Sunderland’s Spanish conquest: ‘the essence of English football in its purest sense’

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

This well-researched and, for Sunderland fans, heartwarming slice of football history was written by David Hewitt, a PhD researcher in […]

The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]