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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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Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: the splendour of England, the torpor of friendly football

Pete Sixsmith ought to have been a professional football writer, as his priceless accounts at Salut! Sunderland demonstrate season after season. He could have had travel writing as a sideline, as this description of a grand day out on the trains of northern England also shows. Mind, he isn’t a bad teacher by all accounts [...]

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Sixer’s Darlington Soapbox: Sunderland home if not dry in five-goal romp

Pete Sixsmith, in the company of Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcom Dawson, had an enjoyable afternoon despite the rain, watching the first goals of SAFC’s pre-season programme in a 5-1 dismantling of Darlington, or rather the form Darlo now take after all the woes of recent seasons. That meant, for example, a trip to Bishop, [...]

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Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: out of tune with a disappointing swansong

Pete Sixsmith, whose post-match reports have brightened these pages since time began, shares his thoughts on the match that didn’t really matter -except that we all wanted the Lads to finish on a high, finish 12th and send the fans home not just relieved but happy. Swansea had other ideas and we couldn’t do a [...]

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Sixer’s WBA Soapbox: from life support to dreams of a glorious twelfth

The fabulous Sunderland support – how they’ve managed consistently to back the team with such fervour and loyalty this season is a new Wonder of the World – was given just reward with the victory over West Brom and the Premier safety it ensured. Pete Sixsmith was up in the East Stand as usual to [...]

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Sixer’s Manchester United Soapbox: waiting a lifetime for a win at Old Trafford

Malcolm Dawson writes….as I left Heritage Park on Friday night, having witnessed Bishop Auckland’s 4-0 trouncing of Wembley bound local rivals West Auckland, Pete Sixsmith said to me: “We could well be safe this time tomorrow if results go our way.” “We can but dream,” I thought, fully expecting Wednesday to be the evening when [...]

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Sixer’s Soapbox on the drubbing of Cardiff: keep calm and carry on

Not often this season has Pete Sixsmith had so much cause to smile, let alone contemplate drinking perfumed tea from a Meissen cup. Cardiff at home was such an occasion, if without the porcelain. No better time could have been chosen for a thumping, morale-boosting, point-winning display. With nearly 46,000 in the ground, Monsieur Salut [...]

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Sixer’s Manchester City Soapbox: pressure’s off, so football’s on for Sunderland

So Pete Sixsmith succumbed to the power of a lifetime’s devotion. Instead of West Auckland vs an Eden Buses XI, or whoever, he trundled off to Manchester with his ticket. And witnessed the sort of performance that, if only it had been replicated in every other game this season, would have seen us safe. Sit [...]

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