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Sixer’s Sevens: Maja makes the difference at Blackpool

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Was it 7,000, 8,000 or perhaps even more Sunderland fans who made the trip to Blackpool for the New Year’s Day fixture at Bloomfield Road? Pete Sixsmith was among them and was delighted to record Josh Maja’s 15th goal of the season. Barnes and Benno kept those of us nowhere near the Lancashire seaside in […]

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Sixer’s Sevens. A 1-1 damp squib against Shrewsbury

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Pete Sixsmith was not a happy soul in a poor first half seen by another big SoL crowd, not quite 46,039 but 33,288 is an impressive count. When Shrewsbury took the lead, he sent a text message saying Sunderland were playing like men with hangovers. Shortly before half time, he noted that we had finally […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: dodgy line call helps SAFC beat Bradford City

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Pete Sixsmith, Santa duties over for another year, was among the bumper Boxing Day crowd of 46,039 for the important match against Bradford City. Portsmouth losing at Gillingham in the early game provided a great opportunity to make up lost ground – and we did it, if only just. Monsieur Salut could not be among […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: heavy weather against Bristol Rovers

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Pete Sixsmith remains busy on the Saturdays before Christmas so it’s a substitute performance over the weekend. Our deputy editor Malcolm Dawson was there to brave rotten weather conditions and at times rotten play, it seems, happy enough that a game that didn’t go as expected still finished well enough. He sent alternative seven-word verdicts […]

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Sixer’s Walsall Sevens: Third time unlucky? Maybe not.

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Pete Sixsmith may be busy on the Saturdays before Christmas but on the weekdays he leaves the work to his helpers and heads off to find a game. Luckily for him there are a few coming up. This one, though it might give Pete a break, is one the rest of us didn’t really want. […]

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Sixer’s Accrington Stanley Sevens: abandoned at 1-1

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No, Pete Sixsmith is not reporting from either of the  towns of Stanley in County Durham. Nor is he reporting from the exceedingly wet town of Accrington as he has been assigned other duties for the duration (call Lapland for further information). But Salut! Sunderland‘s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson and associate editor John McCormick  made […]

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Sixer’s Checkatrade Sevens: comfortable win against Notts County

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I thought we’d need a second goal when Jon Stead came on. We didn’t but we got it anyway. The real bonus, however, is that Duncan Watmore played 3/4 of the game. Pete Sixsmith will tell us how he did in due course. For now here’s his two instant seven-word verdicts on the whole game. (more…)

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Sixer’s Cup-tie Sevens: Walsall and Sunderland both make the 3rd round draw.

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Pete Sixsmith wasn’t at the game but he’d arranged for a sub to do his match report and for a seven-word text to be despached at the final whistle. It wasn’t certain I’d get it, however, so Malcolm arranged to send another, which will sub for the sub until M Salut can take restorative action. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Shaky moments v Barnsley but we take the points

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Pete Sixsmith’s phone was busy from the off, with texts announcing not one, not two, but three goals for Sunderland in the first half hour. Then came the second half, and another two texts, and with half an hour to go I was thinking, “No more texts, Pete, no more”. Fortunately, when one did come […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: a lack of Power costs points against Walsall

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I was intending to avoid puns about turning the power off but I thought of one that seemed OK, so there it is in the headline. Will the lack of Power cost us promotion? How many more games will he miss, this time and after Christmas? Fortunately, Pete Sixsmith’s seven word text winged its way […]

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From Rotherham to Wycombe Wanderers via Shrewsbury Town, Southend United and Tranmere Rovers: our third financial ramble

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Here are the last five of the clubs in League One apart from Blackpool, Bolton, Bury and Sunderland, who will […]

From MK Dons to Rochdale via Oxford, Peterborough and Portsmouth: it’s a short financial ramble

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It was on 18th June that I put up the first in this series, covering the League One clubs beginning […]

Rotherham: where better to celebrate Sunderland’s promotion?

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This time last year, we were wondering whether a May weekend in Southend would be our promotion party. We know […]

Lasses cannot play football. Will the Women’s World Cup finally bury this falsehood?

Beth Mead, the Kevin Phillips of Sunderland women's football*

Who, like me, looked on in admiration at Janine Beckie’s corners for Canada against New Zealand and thought, “let’s hope […]

An evening with Nyron and helping hands for a Sunderland school and the fans’ museum

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Roy Keane famously said the less time Nyron Nosworthy spent on the ball, the better for all concerned. He was […]

Rambling through Accrington, Coventry and Ipswich to Lincoln. How do Sunderland’s rivals shape up financially?

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League One comprises 24 clubs. Three of them, Bury, Bolton and Blackpool, are entering, exiting or plodging in the clarts […]

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