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Sixer’s Watford Soapbox: having fun in the sun

Malcolm Dawson writes……when the season ends the way it has for the past four years, it’s easy to forget the misery and frustration that was the norm in earlier times. Threats of not renewing season tickets, giving up on away trips and concentrating on the Northern League seem light years away in the warmth of […]

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Sixer’s Everton Soapbox: banishing the blues on Wearside (part 2)

Malcolm Dawson writes………if Saturday was immense then Wednesday night was immenser! The first part of the job was completed at the weekend with victory over the Blues of Chelsea. The crowd was there to see the team complete the job against the Blues of Everton and my word were they up for it? What an […]

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Sixer’s Chelsea Soapbox:banishing the blues on Wearside (part 1)

Malcolm Dawson writes……the sun is shining on Weardale this morning, a song thrush is belting out its tuneful, if somewhat repetitive song and the smell of grilled bacon is permeating the kitchen. All’s well with the world. Yesterday was grey and overcast and a gloomy sea fret hung over the Stadium of Light. But the […]

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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┬ábecause 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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Emotional turmoil – Sunderland’s summer so far

It’s becoming a little repetitive on Wearside. A positive end to a season that at one time seemed doomed. Hopes […]

What to call David Moyes’s post-match emails. He can enter, too

We may be humouring ourselves in describing the post-match missives of Sunderland’s successive managers as being all their own work. […]

Sixer at Rotherham: N’Zogbia shines as Moyes looks on

Malcolm Dawson writes…..all change at Sunderland AFC on Saturday morning with the official appointment of David Moyes but one thing […]

Sam Allardyce, formerly of Sunderland, now of England, Observed

Stop press: Sixer was at Rotherham, along with David Moyes, to see an efficient 2-1 win friendly win. His Sixer’s […]

It’s official – David Moyes takes the reins

Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson writes: and the second worst kept secret in English football over the past few weeks at […]

Off goes Big Sam and the Wearside air seems to have been chilly

As statements from football clubs about departing managers who have done a good job go, this is probably close to […]