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Sixer’s Soapbox: gloomy outlook after Doncaster display

Malcolm Dawson writes…I was tied up until 5.00pm but considered making the trip to South Yorkshire until first hand reports of hold ups on the A19 and A1(M) and the prospect of my Wednesday fix of real ale and pub trivia made my mind up for me. By the sound of it I made a [...]

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Chelsea blues and the decline and fall of Sunderland-Newcastle bragging rights

Pete Sixsmith awarded himself another day off from actually travelling to an expensive away game, settling for Barnes and Benno and updates from around the country on Premier League’s final day. The big question remains: is this as well as a Chapman Report from Stamford Bridge or instead of one? …

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Another Sixer’s Arsenal Soapbox: ‘by golly it was effective’

The surname has a familiar ring. he signs himself: ‘Sixsmith Minimus. Emirates Stadium. Entirely happy.’ Minimus equals Michael, a worthy bearer of elder brother Pete’s name. Moreover, he’s not scared of the Smoke. Off he went with Pete’s ticket, sat beforehand in the same pub our Sixer would have chosen and suffered, first hand, the [...]

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Sixer’s Leicester City Soapbox: Arsenal and Chelsea no place for chokers

Malcolm Dawson writes….we have had several “must win” games at the Stadium of Light this season and generally (Burnley and Southampton apart) have failed to come up with the goods. A win against QPR, Villa, Hull or Palace and we would have been safe weeks ago. No I haven’t forgotten the Defoe wonder goal but [...]

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Sixer’s Everton Soapbox: Graham and Defoe bask in deflected glory

Malcolm Dawson writes….Peter Sixsmith was not held up on the journey over the Pennines. He was there to see the whole thing through and for the second year in a row, the trip to Goodison was one he was glad he made. Everton hasn’t been much of a happy hunting ground for SAFC in recent [...]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: top performances from Jordi and a Geordie

Malcolm Dawson writes….Recent victories for Leicester and Hull Cities, West Brom and Aston Villa see Sunderland still in the bottom three. It is becoming increasingly likely that it could be the free falling Magpies who will be the target if we are to avoid demotion to the Football League. Yesterday’s game versus Southampton was the [...]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: a devastating assessment of Sunderland vs Crystal Palace

Some of you will have seen the various options Pete Sixsmith, having endured Sunderland vs Crystal Palace, offered for his customary seven-word verdict. Here, for the non-squeamish, is his fuller appraisal of our latest surrender …

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Sixer’s Newcastle United Soapbox: Roker Roar revived by five in a row

Pete Sixsmith witnesses a good, solid performance with more than a hint of Dick Advocaat’s ‘win ugly’ strategy but also a goal of the utmost quality. This was the sort of display that will, if maintained, keep the crowd on the players’ side and secure the necessary points before those dreaded final trips to the [...]

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Sixer’s Aston Villa Soapbox: some constructive criticism (and please go, Gus)

John McCormick writes: In his e-mail carrying this account Pete Sixsmith said he’s addressing his remarks to Colin, Nic and myself as Malcolm had the misfortune to sit through this live. What remarks? Just the three headlines below: ABSOLUTE RUBBISH FROM BEGINNING TO END. YET ANOTHER CHANGE NEEDED. NO MORE AWAY GAMES AND SEASON TICKET [...]

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Sixer’s City Soapbox: Cheap beer, not much else at Hull City

John McCormick writes: listening to Gary Bennett on Radio Newcastle’s stream couldn’t give me the full picture of an eventful night at Hull. The pre and post- goal screams of “Fill that hole! Fill that hole! Oh no, if we could see it up here how could they not see it down there?” did not [...]

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Leicester City Who are You?: ‘I like Catts but you’re doomed with Norwich and Bournemouth’

Sometimes, Who are You? interviewees bend over backwards to please, offering upbeat predictions for Sunderland’s season that even we wouldn’t [...]

Leicester City v SAFC: managerless, no adult as goalie but one point

Monsieur Salut asked Pete Sixsmith for a slice of nostalgia and it doesn’t come much better than this, a lovely [...]

Leicester City v Sunderland Guess the Score. Or maybe Guess the Team

The beautiful game, with all those blemishes the heaviest make-up cannot conceal, is back. There may still be a Test [...]

Life after Wickham, for better or worse

For Monsieur Salut’s latest piece for ESPN FC, the victory in Hannover took second place to the more immediate news [...]

Sunderland’s prospects Observed: Sixer says we’ll finish higher (but not much)

As usual. The Observer made a pre-season raid on the thoughts of Pete Sixsmith. Sixer obliged, but before the 1-0 [...]

Dick’s post Hannover Advochaat: better but not brilliant

Malcolm Dawson writes….this was Dick’s last chance pre-season to give what will probably be his first choice eleven a run [...]