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Sixer’s Sevens: QPR get one against 10 men as we unbolt the trapdoor ourselves

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Could we have got something from this game? I thought so, but Bob Chapman’s report will give a more accurate picture than the SAFC website and that won’t arrive until tomorrow. Bob will be reporting in the Place of  Pete Sixsmith, who decided against a trip to Loftus Road. Even so, it was Pete who forwarded […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa rebuilt, SAFC not even a work in progress

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Pete Sixsmith was there and we’ll have his full report tomorrow. For now we have a choice of three seven-word texts, sent at various times during the game. At 8.36 pm “Coffin lid on. Justwaiting for nails” At 9.23pm “Undoubtedly the worst performance I have seen” And at the final whistle: (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Millwall expected to win, we needed to. An underwhelming draw

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Pete Sixsmith wasn’t travelling to this match and what appears here is likely to be a joint effort with John McCormick, Pete Sixsmith and Monsieur Salut – all from afar – and maybe Bob Chapman from the Den all chipping in. As M Salut writes, Sunderland’s failure to respond to Millwall’s second half pressure after taking […]

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Sixer’s sevens: Middlesbrough take one point. Do our players get another?

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We were 1-0 up when I started setting this up, just after half time. By the time I’d got the page ready for Pete Sixsmith we were 1-2 down, with the second being a Grant Leadbitter penalty. Could we overcome being struck by the curse of the former player? Yes and no. Yes because we scored […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 SAFC. Rock bottom again

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The latest defeat in a sorry season does not, of course, send us down again just yet. It does put us bottom as Burton won and it does make relegation even more probable than it was. Sunderland appear from messages seen from the Macron stadium to have put in plenty of bustle but with the […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Brentford exploit our defensive frailty

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1-0 down after 15 minutes, 2-0 after half an hour. Jones booked five minutes later. What a surprise. How much is a typical League One club worth? Surely someone wants  to buy and turn this  club around. Pete Sixsmith sent an e-mail not long before the kick-off. It included the phrase “sorry team for today”. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Bristol City 3-3 Sunderland. Suddenly fit to wear the shirt

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Monsieur Salut writes: John McCormick, setting up this week’s Sixer’s Sevens, wrote: ‘We might not be expecting a result at Ashton Gate but we should expect something from our team.  Commitment, pride, maybe even a modicum of skill. And hopefully a structure that works and which will provide a framework for a climb out of […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Ipswich double tells us a hard truth

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John McCormick writes: It’s half time and we’re 2-0 down in our first game after the closure of the transfer window. I blame Ellis Short. I’ve previously supported him as a good thing; now I think he’s tearing the heart from the club. Pete Sixsmith’s seven word text, sent immediately as the game ended – […]

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Sixer’s Sunderland sevens or Bob’s Birmingham bulletin, it’s the same old story

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Pete Sixsmith wasn’t there tonight, having chosen to watch Durham City play Ryhope CW and leave the Sunderland game to Bob Chapman, but he did forward Bob’s half time message, which was to the effect that we had hardly been in the game and Birmingham deserved their lead. There was a second message at full time. […]

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Sixer’s Hull City sevens : Cliff Richard sang it in 1961 – will you be singing it tonight?

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Pete Sixsmith’s seven word text, fresh from the Stadium of Light, makes it clear that this was not just a team effort but also that our manager’s choice of young players, indeed his whole ethos, is the way to go. The fans  probably won’t be singing a Cliff Richard song as they stream out of […]

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Sunderland vs Portsmouth Who are You? ‘We should be runaway favourites by now’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Peter Allen is my very good pal and partner-in-crime (if that’s the right way to describe our […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth: a question of points no longer in our hands

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Even as I wrote last week that we would remain masters of our destiny and go up automatically provided we […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Peterborough make their point against Sunderland

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John McCormick is editing this in Liverpool, where one of the clubs could win the Champions League, not to mention […]

Sixer’s Peterborough sevens. Bitterly disappointing

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Is there another twist to come? With only two or three games left time is not on our side, and […]

Sunderland vs Portsmouth ‘Who are You?’: a buildup that began in December

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THIS interview, from just before our 3-1 defeat at Fratton Park in December, was among many items lost when the […]

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Pete Sixsmith provides the introduction to today’s guest: Dave Parnaby is a Kelloe lad who started following Sunderland in the […]

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