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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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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?

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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’

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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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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Middlesbrough FC

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John McCormick writes: I’d really have to think hard about whether or not I’ve seen us play ‘Boro at Roker. […]

Sunderland’s decline under Short ‘more Accrington Stanley than Leeds’

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Monsieur Salut says: when I said Salut! Sunderland had perhaps been too kind to Ellis Short in the past, I […]

Beyond belief: the football club owner who has never spoken to his manager

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

Welcome to the strange world of Ellis Short, reluctant and reclusive football boss. In the past, Salut! Sunderland may have […]

A Daughter Speaks: how Wigan and Rochdale restored the FA Cup’s shine

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Amid all Sunderland’s more pressing problems, it seems almost incidental to reflect on how old you now have to be […]

SAFC vs Middlesbrough Who are You?: ‘Coleman’s great but what a mountain to climb’

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Monsieur Salut writes: having used up virtually the entire Boro-supporting side of my family (my sister has lived there throughout […]

Post-Bolton thoughts: as Brian Clough said…

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By now you’ll have read Pete Sixsmith’s report from Bolton. I can’t find fault with it and there’s no point in […]