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Sixer’s West Brom Soapbox: well at least we didn’t lose

Malcolm Dawson writes….. “you must be pretty confident today” I said to the West Brom father and son combo as we grabbed a burger on our way up Millennium Way. His reply “Not really – this looks like a nil nil,” led to my asking about his thoughts on Pulis and he admitted that although [...]

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Masochism (3): Sixer mounts his Soapbox to denounce QPR shambles

Sunderland AFC please take note. If as loyal and long-standing and (sitting) a fan as Pete Sixsmith is beginning to cry ‘enough is enough’, something’s up. This is how Sixer saw the rotten collective surrender to QPR, complete with a literary allusion to ‘lives of quiet desperation’. Go to the home page – salutsunderland.com and [...]

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The Chapman Report from Swansea: Defoe making a difference – point taken

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith didn’t go to Wales on Saturday. Instead he went to North Shields to watch The Robins beat a team of southern softies in the FA Vase. He might just as easily have decided to go to watch Whickham v Billingham Town, where if my adding up is correct five players were [...]

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Sixer’s Burnley Soapbox: can’t go back to safety now

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith has had a busy time since Lee Mason blew the full time whistle yesterday. First thing this morning he stepped in for M Salut and did a blog for ESPN. Read it here. Then he caught Carver, the below stairs boot boy, temporarily standing in for recently departed faithful manservant Pardew, [...]

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Sixer’s Fulham Soapbox: Should’ve gone to Shields v Shildon

Malcolm Dawson writes……I couldn’t get to this game being otherwise occupied on the Fylde coast. Phew – got away with that one. Of course Pete Sixsmith gets to every home game and most away matches too but even his patience is being tested. The euphoria felt at Old Trafford and Sid James’ Park isn’t making [...]

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Sixer’s Liverpool Soapbox: when sorrows come they come not single spies

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Sunderland have won fewer games than any other team in the Premier League. Even QPR who haven’t mustered a single point away from home have won two more games than SAFC and no prizes for guessing who their first victim was. Even Burton Albion beat them before they tasted victory against us. The [...]

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Sixer’s Leeds Soapbox: it takes a worried man …

Even at half time, Pete Sixsmith felt Sunderland had been OK, no more … he had seen little to inspire him. Gus Poyet, Lee Congerton and Ellis Short should take heed of how Sixer, a loyal fan for half a century, felt at the end: ‘real rubbish in the second half and they could have [...]

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Sixer’s Man City Soapbox: effort and commitment come to naught

Malcolm Dawson writes …….I watched this on the telly. Usually I shy away from talking about individual players’ performances when I haven’t been to the match because the small screen doesn’t allow you to see what is happening off the ball. Someone like Seb Larsson for example can frustrate the opposition by his positional play, [...]

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Sixer’s Hull City Soapbox: Bruce and Marriner bring Boxing Day blues

Malcolm Dawson writes…..I called into the Wetherspoons in Houghton to give mine and M Salut’s regards to Hull City fans Raich and Gary, excellent contributors to the Who Are You series but there was no sign – so I nipped into my brother’s for some Cheesy Puffs and a chicken drumstick prior to this one. [...]

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Sixer’s Newcastle Soapbox: God bless us every one (nil)!

Malcolm Dawson writes….It is wet and windy in the North East of England as Sunday turns to Monday. But in a house of a red and white persuasion, it is cosy and warm, the Christmas lights are twinkling, schooners of sherry and glasses of mulled wine are being raised before a roaring log fire, whilst [...]

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Hull City vs Sunderland Guess the Score: Things Can Only Get Better

Well the headline gives you the hope. The reality comes at the KC when Gus Poyet once again tries to [...]

Chapman Report: picking up points on the A1, not at Manchester United

Colin Randall writes: I’m never sure whether to elevate Bob Chapman to Robert for these post-match essays in Sixer’s place. [...]

Hull City ‘Who are You?’: brilliant Brucey, enigmatic Allam, dance icon Elmo

Here’s the place for some interesting thoughts on Hull City’s Sunderland connections. Brad Rial*, a Tiger with a platform (he’s [...]

Pure Poyetry: Defending the defensive but defending too much against Man Utd

Malcolm Dawson writes….Sixer and I saw SAFC concede twice today and have a man sent off but they not only [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester United 2 SAFC 0. Joke dismissal but well beaten

Colin Randall writes: Roger East sending off the wrong man was not the reason we lost this game. It was [...]

Seagulls gather over the good ship Sunderland after collapse at Manchester United

In Rob Hutchison‘s latest set of one-word verdicts, after the 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford, he deviates from custom and [...]