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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Swansea 3. After all those Lord Mayor’s shows …

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We might have guessed. Pete Sixsmith did. His seven-word verdict was sent with the second half little more than 10 minutes old, when Wilfried Bony was given as much time as he needed to place a shot that Vito Mannine made a halfhearted attempt to save. In off the post. One-three and the goal Fabio […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2 West Bromwich Albion 0. Safe SAFC Safe

Pete Sixsmith has suffered all season. Tonight he saw a miracle accomplished. Superb finishes by Jack Colback and Fabio Borino completed the salvation of Sunderland. Gus Poyet deserves a Pulis Times Two bonus for what he has somehow achieved … bravo Lads, you’re 14th tonight … (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester United 0 Sunderland 1. Things have only got better

Jake: 'the moment we cancelled trips to Derby and Leeds'

Malcolm Dawson writes: After a massive loss at Spurs Gus said we needed a miracle. After a plucky but pointless performance against Everton a disappointed Pete Sixsmith told BBC North East that relegation was a certainty. Most of us felt that Pete was nearer the mark than the manager but with no-one predicting 7 points […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 4 Cardiff City 0. Acclaim a job done in style

How Jake captured the heartening outcome of the last Sunderland-Cardiff City game

Monsieur Salut writes: we fretted all week, tried all means of bolstering our own confidence, worried as usual about Sunderland’s habit of shooting self in foot – but kept believing. With good reason. An emphatic win lifts the Lads out of the bottom three, an achievement considered all but impossible less than two weeks ago. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Chelsea 1 SAFC 2. The miracle starts here

Jake: 'this time last season he gave us hope'

Monsieur Salut writes: in all the time we’ve been covering Sunderland, said Nick Barnes as he and Gary Bennett discussed the MAGNIFIQUE 2-1 win at Chelsea, there may not have been a more incredible result. He was probably right. This was truly a majestic display, a win that was as deserved as it was important. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2. So, so unlucky

Jake: 'Oh Vito Mannone ...'

It is not yet clear what happened to Pete Sixsmith‘s ticket for the Etihad. He has sent his customary seven-word verdict on a match Sunderland fully deserved to win but had to settle for drawing. But was it a sneaky ‘I wasn’t there but kept tabs’ verdict’ or the real thing? Time will tell. For […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Everton 1. The game’s up

Jake: Wes Brown becomes a Goodison hero

If this had been just another match, it was a disappointing but acceptable home defeat, bottom against near-the-top and making them sweat at times before conceding a horrendously unlucky own goal by Wes Brown. Unfortunately, it was a result that meant more than just three points lost. A win would have raised hope, false though […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Tottenham Hotspur 5 SAFC 1. An embarrassment

Pete Sixsmith never leaves early

We all hoped. How many of us truly expected? Another quite shocking performance, this time in the second half at White Hart Lane after a creditable opening 45 minutes, probably seals Sunderland’s fate. A few minutes remain as I type and I can hear the wonderful away support singing heartily at 4-1 down. Of course […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 West Ham 2. Down and out

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Pete Sixsmith, witnessing a witless defeat that may well seal our fate, offered three variations of his customary seven-word verdict: 1 (at 0-2) ‘not a hope of staying up now’; 2 ‘effort aplenty but lacked quality where needed’; 3 ‘We just cannot win must win games’. What more is to be said? We cannot blame […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Liverpool 2 SAFC 1. At last some passion

Jake: 'at least we weren't humiliated ...'

A brave performance, said Gary Bennett. Much better, Pete Sixsmith agreed. And having clawed one goal back, we almost grabbed an equaliser (John O’Shea’s header) against one of the Premier form teams and title contenders. Salut! Sunderland salutes that effort. The test now is clear: take this level of passion into the home game against […]

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That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Donald Stewart’s Madrox group is now on the brink […]

Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

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It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]

Come what may, can Sunderland go up?

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  Whoever turns out to be Sunderland’s next manager will soon – and let us hope it is soon as […]

Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

Ken Gambles: 'would a Gooner rhyme my surname with stumbles?'

One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may […]