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Sixer’s Sevens: hanging on against Doncaster Rovers – that’ll do nicely

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Our service could be a bit delayed tomorrow. Not only has Pete Sixsmith to get home, he’ll probably have to compose himself before he can compose his report. And if he does manage to send it early he will find we’re all otherwise engaged. But we will get there in the end, which is what […]

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Sixer’s Shrewsbury Sevens: 2-0 to SAFC, a comfortable win and that elusive clean sheet

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Monsieur Salut writes: this is where Pete Sixsmith offers his customary seven-word verdict on each Sunderland game he attends. He wasn’t impressed by a goal-free first half – ‘poor stuff’ – but found the second half much more enjoyable. It ended with the 2-0 scoreline in our favour that our excellent Shrewsbury Town Who are […]

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Sixer’s Bradford Sevens: 10-man Sunderland hang on as promotion rivals lose

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If we fail to win promotion at the first attempt this season, it may not be because of our inability to keep a clean sheet or hold onto a lead but through a lack of discipline. For the third time this season we had a player sent off and for the second time our keeper […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Peterborough United will be happy with that point

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Pete Sixsmith  sent a text with about 20 minutes to go: “Oviedo red card. Correct and totally unnecessary” and I began to wonder  how we could hold out against a team that scores at will when we have only one clean sheet to our name. We couldn’t, but we did manage to match them and […]

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Sixer’s Coventry City Sevens: 1-1, not enough but could have been worse

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Pete Sixsmith felt a draw was fair, and listening to Barnes and Benno, Monsieur Salut thought the same. Injuries – Loovens off in the first few minutes, with more to follow – certainly harmed our cause but we must somehow learn how to keep a clean sheet. Pete did not, he assures us, ride naked on […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it matter? Not at all. None of them were at the Stadium of Light. Pete Sixsmith was, however, and his seven word text, sent as the whistle blew, sets the scene for a report that people will […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland ailing at Burton Albion

Jake

Pete Sixsmith was looking forward to the weekend, not just because of the prospect of a decent game but also because of the prospect of a visit to one or two well-liked pubs. I’m not sure if those pubs were all pre-match or if he was expecting to take one in afterwards. And I’m not […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Fleetwood Town make their point

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This going behind early’s getting to be a bit of an issue but at least we can come back from it this season, which is just as well. The bigger question is – will we do better as our injuries abate and players get fully up to speed?  We’re still unbeaten and in the top […]

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Sixers Sevens: Oxford United fight us to a draw

Jake

After 16 minutes of play came a text from Pete Sixsmith: “1 down from a free kick. Second best at the moment”. Three minutes later came a second: “Power sent off for a ridiculous challenge”.  A minute or two later we got our third yellow of the game. And then my internet connection went down. […]

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Sixer’s Wimbledon Sevens: Cattermole tidies up Wimbledon come-on

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Listening to Barnes and Benno it sounded as if we were under the cosh a bit in the first 45 being forced into playing a long ball game by the Dons and the half time scoreline sounded fair enough. Pete Sixsmith was one of the 727 Sunderland fans officially in the crowd and his half […]

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Walsall Guess the Score: ‘can we play you every week? Oh, we already do’

The experience of Saturday prompts a rule addition for the Salut! Sunderland prize Guess the Score: a match abandoned = […]

Wham: Going ballistic at Accrington Stanley

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There has been a bit of discussion on the calling off and whether (no pun intended) it was or wasn’t […]

Salut Sunderland’s advent calendar day 10 and another crucial game

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In the run up to Christmas Day, behind each door of the Salut! Sunderland advent calendar is an article written […]

Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: a wet weekend in Accrington

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Jake: ‘that wasn’t in the script’ Play this and read on!LA = Lancashire – Accrington Malcolm Dawson writes…….there was a […]

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 […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Accrington Stanley and the Crown Ground

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John McCormick writes: all being well I’ll be there. Given the chance, what self respecting football supporter wouldn’t go to […]

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