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Sixer’s Soapbox: more positive, fewer negatives after Sunderland sink Stoke

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith is about to go out, may even have already gone out, to do his Christmas duty on the Polar Express. When he gets back, he’ll no doubt sit down with his rosy cheeks, slippers, pipe and his ho, ho, ho to see what comments our readers have left on his report. Will they agree […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: the view from the couch on winning at Crystal Palace

Monsieur Salut writes: poor Pete Sixsmith. He ruled out a Monday night at London’s least accessible ground a while ago. But he fought through the trenches of ticket acquisition to get me there and will learn only when reading these words that I did not make it. I plead pressure of work, not despair at […]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: no fireworks, just another damp squib

Malcolm Dawson writes…..the forecast wasn’t good for those who had delayed their Guy Fawkes night celebrations. In fact it had rained so heavily overnight that the Northern League fixture list was almost wiped out. What a shame that the surface at the SoL drains well enough to allow games such as this to go ahead. […]

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Sixer’s post Everton Soapbox: no good at Goodison

Malcolm Dawson writes…..it could have been a perfect weekend for Pete Sixsmith. In fact it could have been a brilliant week as there was footy on every day, starting with the Under 21s’ game on Monday and ending with the senior side’s visit to Merseyside yesterday. It didn’t quite work out like that with a […]

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SIXer’s post Newcastle Soapbox: Wonga boys lose interest at the SoL

Malcolm Dawson writes……one of the things that struck me about yesterday’s game was how similar the pre and post match experience was to any other game. OK the excitement, anticipation and nerves on the way to the ground were heightened and the euphoria, relief and general feel good factor on the way back to the […]

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The SAFC vs West Ham Soapbox: Advocaat leaves after a flawed swansong

The announcement everyone expected came today, as Gary Bennett had said it would. Dick Advocaat has resigned – see the club statement at http://www.safc.com/news/club-news/2015/october/advocaat-departs – amid kind words from all. Ellis Short, the chairman, said: ‘I am truly saddened by Dick’s decision, but I respect him for his honesty and for doing what he feels […]

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Sixer’s grumpy old Man Utd Soapbox

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Peter Sixsmith, as always, sent us his version of events at the Theatre of Dreams promptly this morning, but M. Salut and I were both too tied up to get to it before now. Not tied up in a “Fifty Shades of Grey” way I hasten to add, although fifty shades of grey […]

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After the deluge: Sixer’s Manchester City Soapbox looks for sunny spells

Before we get on to Pete Sixsmith‘s bleakly compelling report from the 4-1 home defeat to Man City, or even look up last season’s 4-1 home defeat to Man City, spare a thought and a vote for Sixer and the others who put this site together. We won’t win the Football Blogging Awards any more […]

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Sixer’s Bournemouth Soapbox: Championship looms for SAFC after another south coast shocker

There are not many reasons why we should wish to read much about yet another disappointment. But if they come to these pages, there is one very good one: the likelihood of a report of the match, and much more besides, from Pete Sixsmith. For Sixer’s work alone, you should vote for Salut! Sunderland in […]

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Sixer’s Tottenham Soapbox: defeat but new boys (and Borini) earn their Spurs

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith and I had different opinions on the trip to the game yesterday. He thought that this could be a defining moment – a win would mean we could look forward to a a relatively comfortable rest of the season but a loss would result in another year of constant struggle and […]

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Arsenal v Sunderland ‘Guess the Score’: dare to believe

Watching snatches of Norwich v Arsenal on Sunday, I formed the clear impression that Duncan Watmore – and Steven Fletcher […]

A romp through the history of Sunderland kits. And a prize competition

What are the best and worst SAFC shirts you can remember? Below, our occasional contributor John Penman takes you on […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: more positive, fewer negatives after Sunderland sink Stoke

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith is about to go out, may even have already gone out, to do his Christmas duty on […]

SA’s essay: Sam’s Happy, we’re happy. Out of the bottom three

John McCormick writes: Ed posted on facebook that he was dressed for winter before he headed off for his normal […]

Hutch’s Patch: Watmore floors Stoke, nearly tops the lot in one-word verdicts

Rob Hutchison is quick off the mark with his one-word verdicts and marks out of 10 after the 2-0 win over […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2 Stoke City 0. Thrilling PVA and Watmore clinchers

Monsieur Salut writes: we’ve been as critical as any others of Patrick van Aanholt this season. So let’s hear it […]