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Sixer’s Stoke City soapbox: One point gained by a nervous team

Pete Sixsmith provides a grim read after his return from Stoke. All is not lost, and we are still in control of our destiny. Yet we have Chelsea up next and we’re not playing well. Read on for Pete’s analysis of a game we were within seconds of losing and where a last-gasp effort kept […]

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Sixer’s Arsenal Soapbox: gutsy draw but think how it might have been …

Pete Sixsmith presents his customary expert analysis and reflects on what might have been if only we’d been playing like this at the start of the season. Three points would have been a lot more reassuring, but this was a fine, fighting draw and keeps survival within our own hands…

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Sixer’s Norwich Soapbox: Catt’s Cats calm Canaries’ clappers

And so it came to pass that the 11 hours spent on a coach was worthwhile after all. And that the 2,500 disciples shoehorned into the corner of Carrow Road were loud in their praise of The Great God Sam and his angels and archangels on the field. And there was much wailing and gnashing […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: wishing Leicester well – looking forward to Burton

Malcolm Dawson writes….I spent the first weekend of the season staying at my mate’s house in Nottinghamshire. He is a lifelong Leicester fan and back then he enjoyed informing all the Forest and County supporters at the Sunday night quiz in his local, that the Foxes were top of the Premier League. He never expected […]

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Sixer’s West Brom saga: ‘it’s football, Jim, but not as we like it’

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith’s broadband was playing up yesterday so, like Hutch, his report arrived late. In his e-mail Pete said it would be a short report because of the problems. Short, maybe, but, like Nick Sharkey, perfectly composed. Would that one or two of our current team could do so well, although, as Pete […]

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Sixer’s Newcastle United Soapbox: we let this one slip – again!

Malcolm Dawson writes………the fact that those supporters in black and white were euphoric at the end, whilst those in red and white (or their free green) appeared dejected said it all really. Both sides picked up a point in the chase to catch Norwich but while we saw it as two points dropped, they celebrated […]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: so far to go and yet so near

Malcolm Dawson writes……..Pete Sixsmith’s report of events on the south coast is a little later than usual because of late night pints in Wiltshire and Rugby League in Featherstone, West Yorkshire but as always it is worth the wait. We are in a better place than we were a few weeks ago but with a […]

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Sixer’s Crystal Palace Soapbox: something lost or something gained?

Malcolm Dawson writes….I have this view, which I trot out from time to time, that it’s far better to see your team concede in the opening minutes, be completely outplayed for the rest of the game then equalise just before the final whistle, than be a supporter of the other side. While one set of […]

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Sixer’s West Ham Soapbox: burst bubbles and no fizz

John McCormick writes: What do Jordi Gomez, Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner, Stephane Sessegnon and Patrick van Aanholt have in common?  The answer is that they all scored or created goals on Saturday. It doesn’t matter what League we’re in next season, we have to get rid of Patrick. He goes absent more often than Huyton’s schoolkids […]

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Sixer’s Man Utd Soapbox: new boys show their class

Malcolm Dawson writes……….before the game they were showing highlights of the 6-0 win over West Ham in 1977 on the big screen. The two lads who sit next to me, both under 20, commented that they weren’t even born when that game was played. Cue a history lesson as I told them how after a […]

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Sixer’s Stoke City soapbox: One point gained by a nervous team

Pete Sixsmith provides a grim read after his return from Stoke. All is not lost, and we are still in […]

SA’s essay: A precious point

John McCormick writes: I do believe Stoke’s goal should have been disallowed after Crouch climbed all over Kaboul. I’m not […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City 1 Sunderland 1: Taking a chance

John McCormick writes: I thought beforehand that we could get at least a point from this game. But as the […]

A summer feast of football in France? Could it be yours

NB no comments allowed for this posting ….. Who fancies France this summer? By that, I don’t mean who reckons […]

Hillsborough (2): a Sunderland fan in Leppings Lane End as disaster struck

We have already heard from Pete Sixsmith how the official approach to football supporters that was reflected when 96 people […]

Hillsborough: how the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest tragedy epitomised a rotten era

It seems appropriate to make this the briefest of introductions and let Pete Sixsmith speak for himself and for a […]