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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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Beware the ideas of March

John McCormick:

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty [...]

Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland: why can’t our men be more like our women?

With thanks to the Sunderland Ladies official site The question is posed the other way round by Professor Henry Higgins [...]

Do they mean us? Redknapp’s ‘worst team’ jibe, Adrian Durham’s ‘basket case’ club and more

It’s been open season on Sunderland. Harry Redknapp tells Alan Brazil on TalkSport we’re the worst team in the Premier [...]

The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some [...]

Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings: Wickham stars but West Ham snatch it

Monsieur Salut writes: whatever is to blame – school work, family obligations, a games console – Keir Bradwell has been [...]

The Chapman Report from West Ham: disappointing finale but no one ‘walked’

There seems consensus that Sunderland showed vast improvement at West Ham – they could hardly have been worse than a [...]