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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 3 Stoke City 1 after Fletcher’s star turn

Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter Nathalie was hailed in this week’s Ealing Gazette for a ‘stunning 30-yard volley’ for her team in a cup win. How we longed for one of those from SAFC. But Pete Sixsmith saw clinicial finishing of a different kind as Steven Fletcher scored twice and Connor Wickham once to deliver a [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Newcastle United 0 SAFC 3. For a day like this …

This could be the day that changes history, Sunderland staying up and Pete Sixsmith keeping the faith. A magnificent performance, Sess-inspired but with great input from Simon Mignolet (added belatedly; thanks Vince, his spectator status late on fooled me), John O’Shea, Danny Rose, Adam Johnson, Danny Graham and one or two more, and it had [...]

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Sixer’s (1973) Sevens: SAFC 2 Luton Town 0. No mistakes

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. It is March 1973 and he’s a happy chappie after joining 53,150 other souls to watch the Lads dismiss Luton Town and set up an FA Cup semi-final against (well, we don’t know yet – the draw’s on Monday). [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2. Fifth round glory 40 years on

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. Today’s is a rather special edition of the Sevens since it recalls a match played eight days short of 40 years ago on Sunderland’s march to Wembley and glory. Salut! Sunderland will have plenty to say about the anniversary [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens on Sunderland 3 West Ham 0: comfortable win for the Cats

Salut! Sunderland tries hard to get Pete Sixsmith’s seven word verdict and Jake’s full time graphics onto the site as soon as humanly possible after the final whistle. Quicker even than the Echo Pink used to hit the news stands but with all the team at the game today it is a little later than [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Middlesbrough 1 – when will someone score?

With M Salut having other duties and his deputy being at the game I (John Mac, that is) was left in charge of the shop. Radio 5 made only fleeting visits to Sunderland, Radio Newcastle doesn’t stream games on the net and the SAFC website was very reluctant to refresh. Fortunately, Pete Sixsmith has the [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: short, sharp matchday verdicts

It seemed a good moment to refresh this, the full list of seven-word verdicts on each Sunderland game by Pete Sixsmith, Salut! Sunderland‘s peerless chronicler and sage. They appear as soon after each final whistle as we can manage (which sometimes may not be as soon as we’d like), and should be seen here and [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City 0 SAFC 0. ‘A real stinker’

Pete Sixsmith said at half-time the match was worthy of the Wear Valley Sunday league, but only division two. When, after an even worse second half on some accounts, the referee Mark Halsey’s assistant announced eight minutes of added time, Nick Barnes on BBC Radio Newcastle’s live commentary suggested the official had a “particularly sadistic [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SUNDERLAND 1 Manchester City 0. For days like this

This is where 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 [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Tottenham Hotspur 1 SAFC 0 – ‘nearly men’ caught short

This is where 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 [...]

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The Way It Is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is is [...]

Sixer’s Leicester Soapbox – at least the beer was good

John McCormick writes: It’s a long time since I’ve been to Leicester and I wasn’t there yesterday. Will I feel [...]

Hutch’s Patch: Sunderland ratings vs Leicester. Guess who got 10/10

So a Leicester-supporting pal says his lot were the better side but adds that it’s difficult to tell which of [...]

Pure Poyetry from Leicester: ‘good encounter … we’ll play worse and win’

A quick edition of the boss’s post-match thoughts, as expressed in his customary e-mail. Others may add to this introduction. [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Leicester City 0 SAFC 0. Can’t beat the strugglers

Pete Sixsmith, whose seven-word instant verdicts enlighten these pages, saw this goalless draw at Leicester as a win we let [...]

Remembering Iain Hesford, of Blackpool, Sunderland, Hull City and Maidstone. RIP

Monsieur Salut writes: Iain Hesford*, SAFC’s goalkeeper in the Third Division title-winning season, has died at the cruelly young age [...]

Sixer asks: must we go to Leicester?

Pete Sixsmith muses over the trip to Leicester which turns out, probably through no fault of its own but more [...]