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Sixer’s Sevens: West Brom 2-0 SAFC. All but Honeyman throwing in towel

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Monsieur Salut writes: No Pete Sixsmith at the Hawthorns. He wisely gave himself a day off from the drudgery and misery of supporting Sunderland and caught a game (and maybe some decent fish and chips) at Whitby. Another wretched defeat, 2-0 as I am afraid I predicted at ESPN, and we’re where we probably deserve […]

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Sixer’s FA Cup Sevens: SAFC 0-0 Burnley. As Jake put it, ‘zzzzz….’

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

Monsieur Salut writes: To no great surprise Pete Sixsmith preferred Shildon vs Atherton Collieries in the FA Vase. He kept in touch via Barnes and Benno, describing a drab game short on quality and ending goalless before all of 17.632 souls (but my emergency seven-worder appears for now). With a replay almost the last thing […]

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Sixer’s Sevens from Burnley: ‘probably the worst Sunderland display this century’

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Monsieur Salut writes: unhappy texts flowed between Turf Moor and me today. I cannot recall an occasion when it seemed right to post Pete Sixsmith‘s seven-word instant verdict as the headline. This was one. I watched and listened as best I could and Gary Bennett got it spot-on – ‘no communication, no will to win, […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1-0 Watford. PvA’s super finish brings precious win

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http://salutsunderland.com/2016/12/sixers-sevens-sunderland-1-0-watford-pvas-super-finish/ Monsieur Salut writes: as significant, almost, as the three precious points from this 1-0 win, was the vast improvement in the play of my man of the match Jason Denayer and the often (and rightly) criticised Adnan Januzaj. The goal came from a splendid Januzaj-Defoe-van Aanholt move and PvA’s finish was sublime. This is […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-1 Chelsea. Good, not quite good enough

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith returned from Santa duties to Salut! Sunderland duties, expected little by way of Ho Ho Hos and – after praising a competitive approach – rued the ‘shambles’ of the defending leading to the Fabregas winner, well taken as it was. Sunderland had chances – two to an improving Januzaj – […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland (0) 1 Arsenal (1) 4 Couldn’t be Arsened to defend

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John McCormick writes: Earlier today I e-mailed Pete Sixsmith asking if he could get me a ticket for the Liverpool game. A little later came the first of three texts: ” Defending was a total and utter embarrassment”. You can see the second below in the latest of Sixer’s Sevens. And the third? Well Pete’s working […]

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

Jake: 'our strikers swung their banjos with accuracy today and gave the cow's backside a reet battering!'

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

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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

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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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End of season reviews (6): six charts for a sick season

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I’m glad we can begin to look forward to next season. Although it might seem a grim prospect I’m sure […]

End of season reviews: (5) left with a sense of foreboding

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Like Pete Sixsmith, Malcolm Dawson gets to more matches than most people. He’s well placed to comment on skill, systems, […]

Sunderland’s 10 relegations: The Coventry conundrum (part 2)

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John McCormick writes: I was there, at Goodison, that night. For a long time afterwards I felt cheated but I […]

Things for fans to do until Sunderland’s football season starts in August

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

After a season like that, it may seem a stretch of even the most fevered imagination to suppose Sunderland supporters […]

Who ate all the pies? And which club serves the best?

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Monsieur Salut writes: what is it about football and pies? Things many of us rarely eat in normal, civilised settings […]

A daughter writes: amid the grief, a good night for Manchester

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Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter. She plays football better than he ever did and tries to make up […]