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Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: the elephant in the room

Of the Salut! Sunderland editing team, one started the day in Spain, one was heading for Kendal (though he had been to Saturday’s goalless draw with Swansea), one is in Spain, one was working out a route to the Presqu’île du Gaou and the other was probably beating his own jogging record in Richmond Park [...]

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Sixer’s Stoke City Soapbox: Wembley dreaming over ’til the New Year

Malcolm Dawson writes….the atmosphere on the journey home last night was decidely downbeat. Pete Sixsmith was fuming at what he saw as another inept performance whilst I adopted the taciturn approach which I always seem to do having witnessed yet another disappointing result at the Stadium of Light. At least I didn’t have to get [...]

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Sixer’s Burnley Soabox: Black Cats not good, Black Cat not bad

John McCormick writes: My senior railcard expired last week. I didn’t bother to renew it as I knew my chances of getting a Burnley ticket were remote and my next trip to the SOL won’t be for some time.  It’s possible I won’t even get there before the January window, at which point I hope [...]

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Sixer’s Tottenham Soapbox: resilience the key as Kane o.g. makes the point

Those who were there will be able to say “I was there” and those who weren’t there will be able to say “I wish I’d been there” but no one will be able to say how we came away with a point. Except, perhaps, our own Pete Sixsmith, who eschewed the triumphalism of the last [...]

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Sixer’s QPR Soapbox: Sunderland slip up as Cattermole made to tread egg shells

Pete Sixsmith‘s wisest decision on Saturday was his choice of pub, the trick being to beat the ploddish Met Police anti-supporter radar, get a good pint and not still have miles to make up to reach the ground. Notting Hill Gate, the Commissioner will doubtless be surprised and relieved to hear, survived the visit from [...]

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Sixer’s Midweek Meander: Birmingham 0 Sunderland 3

John McCormick writes: The gods of football are conspiring against me at the moment and I’m finding it hard to even plan for a game. Not so Pete Sixsmith, who has managed to fit in home, away, friendly, non-league, rugby league, cricket league and probably  Sunday league into a season that’s hardly started. That’s  not [...]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: second best Manchester United escape with a point

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Fifty years ago, Peter Sixsmith, M Salut and myself were all at the opening fixture of the 1964/5 season. I wasn’t to meet either of them until many years later, but here the three of us are half a century on, still hoping that the first home game of a new season will [...]

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Sixer’s West Brom Soapbox: Larsson settles the nerves

In half a century of following Sunderland, Pete Sixsmith has seen it all:opening day excitement, hope, nerves, dismay, despair … the list could bump his match report off the site. And he got most of that in one day on his trip to West Brom. Read on …

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Udinese like a Sunday morning

Malcolm Dawson writes……Following his most recent visits to the O3 Arena, Peter Sixsmith has developed a liking for watching a team in red and white stripes at St James’ Park, so when the Football League fixtures were announced he got Pardew, his faithful manservant, to organise a suite at the Exeter Travelodge and a ticket [...]

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Sixer’s substitute’s Soapbox: plenty to enjoy at Hartlepool

Malcolm Dawson writes…..the past few days have been a hectic time for our star reporter, Pete Sixsmith. Having been at the Shildon v Stranraer pre-season friendly, endured a soaking at Bishop Auckland, sunned himself at cricket in Scarborough, taken in a grand tour of Yorkshire mill towns by rail and then on to Carlisle for [...]

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Football Blogging Awards: make your Yes vote count for Salut! Sunderland

It is time to vote in the annual Football Blogging Awards. There are some big guns in the field and [...]

SAFC vs Stoke ‘Who are You?’: Kenwyne’s waste, Fuller’s brilliance, Newcastle’s dream world

South West Stokies can talk for England. Before the league cup game, we had Mike Alderson, the branch chairman, with [...]

Keir’s Player Ratings: hail Ricky Alvarez, ‘my new star after Swansea game’

Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell got it the neck here when plonking a 10/10 on Jozy Altidore after the low-scoring [...]

Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: the elephant in the room

Of the Salut! Sunderland editing team, one started the day in Spain, one was heading for Kendal (though he had [...]

Pure Poyetry: no goals but a bright performance against the Swans

Malcolm Dawson writes….it wasn’t a bad day. The match was OK for a nil-nil. Afterwards, Pete Sixsmith, Doug and my [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0 Swansea 0. So much better, so little punch

Pete Sixsmith saw a vastly improved Sunderland performance, another clean sheet for Vito Mannone but no goals and therefore yet [...]

40 minutes to go: a final rallying cry

Ready to Go is the name of Sunderland’s indispensable fans’ forum, as you all know. It also the theme chosen [...]