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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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Sixer’s Sevens. Cardiff leave us singing the Blues

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John McCormick writes: I didn’t think Cardiff City were anything special yet they brushed us aside. So what does that make us? Bob Chapman, standing in for Pete Sixsmith sent us his  immediate post-match text and in just seven words, gives us something of an answer. An answer we didn’t want: (more…)

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Sixer’s Middlesbrough sevens: My cup run has fallen over

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John McCormick writes: As always, we packed out the away end. As almost always,  the team conceded early. From then it was the same old story and now our cup run (such as it was) is over. Pete Sixsmith’s instant seven word text gives us the bones right now; tomorrow his report will tell us […]

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Sixer’s sevens. Sunderland 0 Barnsley 1. Get your wallet out, Ellis

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John McCormick writes: with about ten minutes to go I was just about to write a headline in when Pete Sixsmith sent a seven-word text. Did it make me change what I was going to put? Not at all. You can read what Pete wrote below and I bet you agree with both him and myself. […]

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Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith

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Monsieur Salut, aka Colin Randall, writes: in my brief time in Abu Dhabi, I saw more of Sunderland live than […]

Sixer’s Burton Albion Soapbox: Brewers highlight our lack of Pedigree

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There is a dark cloud over Sixsmith Towers this morning – both literally and metaphorically. The English language can be […]

Sunderland statement: right words, nowhere near good enough

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It bears the hallmarks of a statement dictated by Martin Bain (CEO) and tidied up in the press office. It […]

Down and down again. A sorry day to be a Sunderland supporter

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Monsieur Salut writes: this is obviously the grimmest evening, in footballing terms, since Salut! Sunderland was created back at the […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Hell, Bent on relegation as Burton come back

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You could see it coming, couldn’t you. Darren Bent comes on with 15 minutes left and equalises with two minutes […]

Arsenal’s chief whinger Piers Morgan applauds Wenger? Pass the sick bag

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It has often been said that putting a top manager in charge of Sunderland, or recruiting such players as Messi […]