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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 ambiguous and the e-mail which accompanied Pete Sixsmith‘s match report simply said “Well that wasn’t unexpected. Thank goodness it’s all over – possibly for good.” Now whether that last bit means things are set to […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Marshalling his thoughts from the Reading draw

With both Pete Sixsmith and his normal stand in Bob Chapman both electing to give this game a miss we welcome a new contributor to the ranks of Salut! Sunderland and a fine job he does too. John Marshall is from North of the Tyne and like many children of the North East, moved away […]

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Sixer’s Norwich City Soapbox: the NHS crisis – no hope Sunderland

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Sunderland spurned two good opportunities to improve their ever decreasing chances of survival last night. The first when Aiden McGeady failed to convert a penalty in the first half and the second with yet another example of defensive frailty in the dying minutes. OK in theory they are still grasping a lifeline that […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox. Leeds do enough to draw, SAFC don’t do enough to draw clear

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith caps another decent display with a more than decent report. I detect in it a touch of optimism for the future, something I share. We have been dire for a while but hopefully we will soon be rebuilding, and on firmer foundations than have propped up the last few years. […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Sheffield Wednesday make for a depressing Bank Holiday Monday

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….there was no Northern League today. A light dusting of snow early morning and a whole heap of surface water all around the North East ensured the Bank Holiday Monday morning fixtures had no chance of going ahead. There were cash turnstiles at the Stadium of Light so was I tempted to go. […]

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Sixer’s Derby Soapbox: Pride Park and Something Special

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John McCormick writes: once, in the days of Ted Heath and strife, I went to see us play Leyton Orient in an afternoon kickoff and then legged it to White Hart Lane and Spurs v somebody or other. If I remember correctly I saw the last half hour, or maybe a bit more. I’ve never […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home games this season. Just as well, I suppose, as the text friend Paul sent from the North stand yesterday suggested the team froze more than the weather. Pete Sixsmith’s report, a little more detailed but […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: more a coroner’s inquest after Aston Villa cruise to crushing victory

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Beyond shocking. That is Pete Sixsmith‘s withering verdict on the latest chapter in the nightmare that is Sunderland AFC. At least he saw a terrific film before submitting himself to the excruciating ordeal of an evening at the Stadium of Light. Not for the first time this season or last, Sixer’s musings are not for […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Aston Villa

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John McCormick writes: Like most others I have been to see League games that didn’t involve Sunderland. Like a few, I have written about it – my  first piece of writing for this site was about Newcastle v Leyton Orient and a player called Dick Keith. If I had known then that I’d be posting […]

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Sixer’s weekend off. Snowfall, no football but Millwall

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John McCormick writes: I had one of Millwall or QPR pencilled in as my London weekend away. Circumstances meant neither could be but those circumstances also meant we could book some time away at the back end of winter. We chose to visit the Lake District as February changed into March. I took the photo […]

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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 […]