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Sixer’s Sevens: Tottenham Hotspur 1 SAFC 0. Brave, daft, defeated

Despite surviving appeals for three penalties we would have been horrified to see denied to Sunderland, PDC’s team held out with great guts for 88 minutes, only to be beaten by a combination of David Vaughan’s stupid challenge, earning him a second yellow, and Gareth Bale’s magnificent finish 13 minutes later for the late winner. [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Southampton 1. Can only Arsenal save us?

A point, very often during this tense last home game, was more than Sunderland deserved. When Phil Bardsley scored one of his occasional screamers, it looked – briefly – as if we might get the three to secure safety. Not to be. Pete Sixsmith – who summarises the outcome and/or performance of virtually every game [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens. SAFC 1 Stoke City 1: survival point?

Each matchday, Pete Sixsmith – or a supersub in his absence – summarises the outcome and/or performance with a seven-word verdict, invariably followed by his considered Soapboax report. Tonight was yet another of those interminable must-win games for Sunderland. At half time, it looked like a no-hoper. The 10 men who remained after Craig Gardner’s [...]

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Sixers Sevens: Aston Villa 6 SAFC 1: Paulo’s boys punished by resurgent Villa

…The mood going into this game was positive and after the last two victories there was justified cause for optimism. This was to be our Champions League Final, the three points ensuring another year of Premiership football. As Sunderland fans we should know better than to get over excited and tonight showed why. This is [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Everton 0. Three more priceless points

Another mighty, mighty win and Pete Sixsmith‘s mid to late-season wobble may be over with any luck. Twice in six days he has seen a rejuvenated Sunderland take three points from a game. Today Stephane Sessegnon hit the first-half winner in a tense, even match that mattered mostly because of the further step it took [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Chelsea 2 SAFC 1 – reasons to be cheerful?

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. The result went to script but PDC can take heart from a performance that was far better than most this year. Two wicked deflections cost us; we can but hope that the decent display fires the team for the [...]

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Sixer’s 1973 Sevens: SAFC 2 Arsenal 1 as Stokoe leads Wembley charge

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. Forget a traumatic week for SAFC. Forget the relegation scrap we’re still enmeshed in. A ruby anniversary has turned Pete’s head and we’re back to this weekend in 1973, when 55,000 packed into Hillsborough to see the Hughes/Hallom double [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Manchester United 1. No shame; no menace either

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. He judged this match beyond us even at one-down and missed the end to scamper back to Shildon in hopes of seeing Wembley-bound FA Vase glory (3-1 up, but only level with Tunbridge Wells on aggregate, soon after HT; [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Norwich City 1. Yet another letdown brings storm clouds

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. We’ve all been so often that it should be like water off a duck’s back. A so-called must-win game – and for once the phrase seemed fully justified, at least to anyone with an eye on forthcoming games. And [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: QPR 3 SAFC 1. Two volleys and a funeral

This is where Pete Sixsmith usually records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. Today, wise man, he was in posh Ascot watching Shildon win 4-1 in an FA Vase replay. So he missed a dreadful reverse, 3-1, at Loftus Road. The verdict came from his phone, and accurately sums up what [...]

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Football Blogging Awards: make your Yes vote count for Salut! Sunderland

It is time to vote in the annual Football Blogging Awards. There are some big guns in the field and [...]

The great Guess the Score rollover: SAFC v Stoke – Wembley-bound again?

Guess the Score produced no winner at Turf Moor. No one, it seemed, had a dour enough disposition to suggest [...]

SAFC v Stoke City Who are You?: beyond Pulis’s ‘hoofball’ (listening, Pelligrini?)

Mike Alderson* was the second Stoke City fan, and the second official of City’s South West supporters’ club branch, to [...]

Keir’s player ratings: Burnley 0 Sunderland 0. Well, that was a thriller!

Here are Keir Bradwell‘s man-by-man ratings from the less than impressive afternoon at Turf Moor. Sorry, Burnley fans – Lukas [...]

Sixer’s Burnley Soabox: Black Cats not good, Black Cat not bad

John McCormick writes: My senior railcard expired last week. I didn’t bother to renew it as I knew my chances [...]

Pure Poyetry across the Pennine Way: faint praise for draw at Burnley

John McCormick writes: This morning I was still hoping I’d get that phone call to tell me there was a [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Burnley 0 Sunderland 0. A game to forget but bravo Durham

This is the place where, game after game and ahead of his more considered view, Pete Sixsmith sums up the [...]