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Sixer’s 6-3 Soapbox: pain and pleasure in beating Exeter. Bring on Manchester City

The defeat of Exeter City, with a quirky scoreline, had Salut! Sunderland delving into murky territory. The introduction to Sixer’s Sevens wondered whether Pete Sixsmith ‘enjoyed a nine-goal thriller, in a sadomasochistic sort of way’ and his e-mail this morning talked of the ‘pain and pleasure’ of the occasion. Let Sixer, aka Mr Whiplash, explain [...]

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Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: Cats show Swans their dogged qualities

Malcolm Dawson writes…Last night’s downpour has passed and shadows in the garden indicate the presence of some sunshine so Peter Sixsmith has made his way to Chester le Street to see if Paul Collingwood and the boys can polish off Middlesex in the County Championship. But before he set off he sent us his customary [...]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: on song Canaries leave pathetic Cats for dead

Malcolm Dawson writes…I have seen some dire Sunderland performances in my time but I can’t think of any previous season when I sat thinking I had wasted my money on a season ticket after half an hour of the first home game. Last week after thirty minutes we were three down. Yesterday we were only [...]

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Sixer’s Leicester Soapbox: defence caught napping in the summer sun

Malcolm Dawson writes…..it is a glorious summer’s day here in the East Midlands. Unfortunately for me I am unable to enjoy the sunshine, staying as I am with a mate of mine who happens to be a fan of Leicester City and writing this on his kitchen table. Not only have I had to sit [...]

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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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Transfer deadline: the countdown begins. Follow developments here …

Who is still to come and who may yet go? What will Sunderland’s squad look like come 6pm? Time will [...]

Welcome Fabio and Erin: making the most of swapping Liverpool for Sunderland

Pete Sixsmith was inconsolable when Salut! Sunderland, in common with Hello! magazine, lost out to OK in the bidding war [...]

Adieu Liverpool. Now Fabio Borini’s officially ours

From the splendidly named Oscar Chamberlain at SAFC.com comes official confirmation of the not too well-kept secret. Fabio Borini is [...]

Liverpool’s Fabio Borini: we have finally got our man. A good idea?

Stop Press: deal done – see new posting Reports of Fabio Borini’s proposed return to Sunderland have a stronger look [...]

Chapman Reports from Aston Villa as Sixer acclaims Lizzie Jones at Wembley

Bob Chapman seems to have had the sort of awayday Monsieur Salut most enjoys (except when there’s the cherry on [...]

Rob’s one word Villa summary: Point taken

John McCormick writes: I thought a becoming-good (bar one) midfield won us a point yesterday but I didn’t see it [...]