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Sixer’s Soapbox: A clean sheet against Hull as we lift off the bottom

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John Mcormick writes: It’s Saturday night, and I’m letting the Chateauneuf-du-Pape breathe. The steak is out of its wrapper and relaxing. The cheese, (a brie that would please Mme Salut) is just resting until it becomes “au point”. Ok, my beloved wife has just explained how I should operate an iron, but my use of such […]

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Sixer’s Arsenal Soapbox: this Sunderland defence just don’t like it up ’em

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Malcolm Dawson writes……it’s fair to say that Pete Sixsmith was incandescent after yesterday’s performance. I have no intention of bringing on a cardiac arrest about something over which I have no control so rather than rant and rave as the BBC moved to interview Arsene Wenger I chose instead to chill out to Joni Mitchell, […]

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Sixer’s West Ham Soapbox: late pressing by Irons brings another defeat

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….Pete Sixsmith is used to getting up early, what with next door but one’s dog to walk and the papers to deliver to the great and good of Shildon, so catching the coach to West Ham was no hardship. Watching the match might have been but for 94 minutes it looked like he could have been […]

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Sixer’s Stoke City Soapbox: following Sunderland – a harsh form of community service

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Malcolm Dawson writes……after another abject performance and the one result we didn’t want, it looks as if the writing is on the wall. Well let’s be honest, there were already a few daubings on the brickwork but now the whole thing is covered in graffiti and it doesn’t make for pleasant reading. Unlike Pete Sixsmith’s […]

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Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: a trophy name to relish, Notts County to come

Jake: 'I could fly without wings (but also with them) ...'

At Facebook, Nick Barnes could barely contain his excitement at the commentary duties that lay ahead of him: ‘a beautiful evening for the carnival of football that is the Checkatrade Trophy’. Needless to say, our Pete Sixsmith was there too and, without getting too enthralled by the spectacle, quote enjoyed the rare sight of a […]

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Sixer’s West Brom Soapbox: disappointing draw leaves victory ale unopened

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Malcolm Dawson writes……For some reason I found it hard to get fully involved in this game yesterday and my attention was wandering for significant periods of play. Had my school report been based on the way I viewed this match, it would have read “must learn to concentrate and pay more attention.” I don’t know […]

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Sixers’s Soapbox: squirming in our seats as Crystal Palace take the spoils

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I was in the ground early yesterday and got chatting to one of the stewards. When he asked me if I expected anything from the game my look must have said it all, even before my shake of the head and verbal response of “No not really.” When the first goal went in […]

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Sixer’s Tottenham Soapbox: Another worrying display

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Pete Sixsmith was there on Sunday. He’s now recovered from the long trek back and able to file his match report. But has he recovered from the match itself? Here’s your chance to make your own mind up. (more…)

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Sixer’s Everton Soapbox: an abysmal second half, a rude awakening

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  John McCormick writes: Jake sent a message with the graphic for this page. It began “As soon as I read that Lukaku hadn’t scored for six months my heart sank.” When I heard the commentators on Sky saying pretty much the same I had similar feelings. You just knew he would score. But for the […]

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Sixer’s Checkatrade Soapbox: the Trojan horse galloping into Rochdale

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Malcolm Dawson writes……it takes a lot to shock me these days but the revelation that there was a Football League ground that Pete Sixsmith had never been to almost made me choke on my Vimto. But normal service was soon resumed when I re-read his report of last night’s Checkatrade Trophy at Spotland and realised it […]

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Leicester Who are You?: ‘Foxes should stay up, maybe SAFC too’

Jake wants answers ...

Monsieur Salut writes: Tim Burke* has Millwall connections and should perhaps be wearing a ‘you all hate us, we don’t […]

Sunderland vs Leicester City Guess the Score. Beatable champions

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

See these (above) and other Art of Football prints by clicking anywhere on this caption Two good wins followed by […]

The Things We Do For Love (of Sunderland). D-day nears …

Ask Jeremy 'Clock Stand Paddock' Robson where Sunderland play and he'll say 'Roker Park'

Time to give readers a tap on the shoulder and remind them to come up with an entry in our […]

Looking beyond Leicester to SAFC’s Swansea prospects

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  Most of us are currently looking no further than Saturday’s visit from last season’s unexpected (but welcome) champions Leicester […]

From France with love: for Chelsea, Arsenal but Sunderland and Burnley too

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It came out of the blue. A message from a Twitter user plugging Heristage, ‘the only French-language site dedicated to […]

From Manchester United to Chapecoense: tragedies felt by the whole world of football

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Monsieur Salut writes: on reflection, I regretted that publication of a piece of levity prepared for Salut! Sunderland – Shaun […]