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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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Chance encounter with Wayne Entwistle as SuperKev destroyed Bury, sealing promotion

James Bentley is the author of an imminent book about one of the best seasons in the history of Bury, [...]

Beware the ideas of March

John McCormick:

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty [...]

Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland: why can’t our men be more like our women?

With thanks to the Sunderland Ladies official site The question is posed the other way round by Professor Henry Higgins [...]

Do they mean us? Redknapp’s ‘worst team’ jibe, Adrian Durham’s ‘basket case’ club and more

It’s been open season on Sunderland. Harry Redknapp tells Alan Brazil on TalkSport we’re the worst team in the Premier [...]

The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some [...]