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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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Sixer’s Everton Soapbox: chances unlikely

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith sent me a text a few games ago suggesting we were Championship bound. I wasn’t so sure then. Now, I’m not even bothering to run the numbers to predict the final table. Why not? Well, I wasn’t there yesterday but Pete was, so why not find out from his post-match [...]

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Sixer’s Tottenham Soapbox: AND THAT IS THE END OF THAT

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith has been there, he’s done it and and he has the scars under the T shirt. Today he reminisces about Fred Astaire, probably to keep his mind from Dame Nelly Melba, who’s warming up somewhere in the background, and then he gives us his opinion. Do you want to read it? [...]

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Salut! Sunderland: the way it is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is will [...]

Sixer sees Hearts in right place, misses Portugal and Danny Graham scoring

We have our spies, or at any rate a spy, in Portugal who promises faithfully to act as Salut! Sunderland‘s [...]

Are we in the mix for the Money Football League?

John McCormick:

For the last couple of years I’ve reported on our progress towards the Deloitte Money Football League. I had just [...]

Summer Gold update: Tasmin Archer is still Sunderland’s Sleeping Satellite

It was a treat to re-read Tasmin Archer’s interview, now seven years old and therefore from the infancy of Salut! [...]

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 [...]

Pure Poyetry: Hartlepool 0 SAFC 0 – Hartlepool 0 SAFC Development Squad 3

Malcolm Dawson writes…unlike Saturday today was a scorcher until we got to Monkey Hanging country that is, where it was [...]

Fifty years of Sunderland openers: (2) visions of hell at Millwall

The New Den is hardly the Old Den. Back in 2000, a semi-reformed Millwall Yob-and-Proud-of-It – he’d become a published [...]