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Sixer’s Sevens: Alsonso walks as Norwich widen the gap

Jake gives Sixer star billing

John McCormick writes: M Salut is away from his desk this weekend so I’ll be doing what I can to keep you all up to speed, with help from Malcolm when he can. If you haven’t previously posted your comment will be held for moderation but as long as there are no profanities or foul language […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: plenty of possession but no panache against the Palace

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Malcolm Dawson writes: with the entire Salut! Sunderland editorial team at the game today, things are running a bit behind. Indeed rather than the usual text Pete Sixsmith‘s seven word verdict was delivered verbally in the car as we queued to get over the Wear Bridge. M Salut and I, in adjacent seats in the […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Hull City 3 SAFC 0. ‘Out with a whimper’

Jake: 'Q: did we create a single clear-cut chance?'

M Salut: 'A: just the one Scocco blazed over in the first half.'

The headline quotes Gary Bennett’s verdict, not Pete Sixsmith’s, on this shambolic exit from the FA Cup when there was the prospect of another Wembley visit, and surely another after that (we’d have played Sheffield United in the semi). Sixer’s customary seven-word snap judgement – see below – is hardly more flattering. We can salvage […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Manchester City 3. The sorrow and the pride

Jake: I'm here!

It was a dream too far, writes Colin Randall. Fabio Borini gave us great hope with superb early goal, after he swept aside markers to latch onto a glorious Adam Johnson pass and classily fire home. He ought to have done the same later in the half but was foiled by a mixture of his […]

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Sixers sevens: Arsenal 4 Sunderland 1 – nothing positive to report

Jake: Man City must be licking their lips

John McCormick writes: M Salut went to the game but I didn’t see him in the crowd. I did see Peter Sixsmith, however, standing next to Sobs. Pete doesn’t like London games and I wondered if he’d be there, given next week. (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Gardner’s dig buries Southampton

Jake: "Oh when the Saints go marching out!"

On a day when Sunderland’s starting eleven contained nine players whose names end in a vowel, Peter Sixsmith was one of the sparse crowd who braved the elements to witness a Sunderland victory which sees them just one game away from a second Wembley appearance of the season. Here as usual is his immediate post […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0 Hull City 2 – back to reality, with a thud

John McCormick writes: M Salut paid a visit to the SOL today, and no doubt had a pint with Pete Sixsmith and probably Malcolm before the game, leaving me to mind the shop. I wonder, though, if he thought the game worth the trip as we played 85 minutes with ten men. We can’t expect to […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Newcastle United 0 Sunderland 3: we always win three-nil

Jake: 'no live Magpies were hurt in the making of this image'

The Fall of the Geordie Nation, once again was witnessed by Pete Sixsmith up in the SJP gods amongst the delirious Sunderland support. Today not one but two sevens as we revel in the euphoria. Three wins in a row for Sunderland in the Wear-Tyne-Wear derbies and each one of them throughly deserved. A magnificent […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Stoke City 0: a nerve-jangling but massive win

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Sunderland rarely take the easy route. One up after 25 minutes against moderate opponents who go down to 10 men in the second half. And who has to soak up the pressure? You guessed. All the same, Pete Sixsmith saw as mighty a win as they come, one taking Sunderland out of the bottom three […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0. After the Lord Mayor’s show

Jake: ' Gary Bennett was threatening to go home with 10 minutes left'

From ecstasy at Old Trafford to torpor at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland made hard work of non-league visitors. Pete Sixsmith spoke at half time of it all being too one-paced. Despite 10 corners and abundant possession and pressure, the game drew to a close with 3,000 away fans urging Harriers to grab a […]

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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 […]

Simon Grayson, Steve Bruce, Ahmed Elmohamady, David Meyler, Paul McShane: a Hull of a connection

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John McCormick writes Did we get rid of Simon Grayson too early? There are some stats that say we could […]

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