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Sixer’s Soapbox: winter draws on as West Ham take a point

Malcolm Dawson writes…..“Don’t be too unhappy going home girls – it’s a long way back,” I cheerfully remarked to two lasses in their claret and blue scarves heading for the North Stand Upper, before kick off yesterday. They probably weren’t, as a point each seemed fair after a decent game where both sides had chances. [...]

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Sixer’s Man City Soapbox: City quality too much as Sunderland outplayed

Malcolm Dawson writes….. Since the advent of advent, Peter Sixsmith has been distributing gifts to the not so poor and needy up and down the Durham Dales, except to those wearing anything with a “Wonga” advert, explaining just why Saint Nicholas always wears red and white. But last night he got his manservant Pardew to [...]

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Sixer’s Chelsea Soapbox: Santa’s delivers his present, a tip-top match report

Pete Sixsmith is on Father Christmas duty today, up in Weardale where Monsieur Salut once looked out of the window of a Save Our Railway Line special and saw him doing his stuff with the red-and-white-striped Shildon Sunderland Supporters’ FC team. But he delayed his drive up the dale to write this fittingly noble report [...]

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Sixer’s Leicester Soapbox – at least the beer was good

John McCormick writes: It’s a long time since I’ve been to Leicester and I wasn’t there yesterday. Will I feel the need to go next season? Possibly not as we could be in different leagues. Or possibly yes, as we could be in the same League, just not this one. At least I think that’s [...]

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Sixer’s Everton Soapbox: beer, goals and fine company from Bo’ness to Sunderland

Continuing the theme of comprehensive disagreement about Sunday’s game, Pete Sixmsith praises, then lambasts Lee Mason (see http://www.espnfc.com/club/sunderland/366/blog/post/2138077/opportunities-missedbut-sunderland-will-be-pleased-with-a-point for another view) and acclaims one or two players others have criticised. But first let him regale you with his tale of a nine-goal Scottish thriller …

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Sixer’s Sofa-bound Soapbox: gritty Sunderland’s luck rides Crystal Palace bluster

Pete Sixsmith declined the option of a bleak night out at a poky little ground with abysmal catering in the middle of South London nowhere, preceded by a country-length trek. He watched it at home. The Sopabox fitted neatly onto Pete Horan’s sofa …

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Arsenal take advantage of Black Cats’ ill luck

Malcolm Dawson writes……..Peter Sixsmith is a frequent visitor to the National Stadium at Wembley. Usually it’s to watch a Rugby League game or a Northern League side in the FA Vase final. Once every twenty years or so he even gets to see Sunderland there. This season he dreams of another trip to see his [...]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: ‘my ultimate humiliation’ following Sunderland

Colin Randall writes: What more is there to say? Vito Mannone suggests the players should club together and refund the travelling support. Hmmmm. I will just repeat what I have said elsewhere: ‘The day started well. Smooth train journey from Waterloo, pints with friends at a terrific pub opposite the Isle of Wight ferry terminal, [...]

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Sixer’s Stoke City Soapbox: fair dinkum from the lads in red and white

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Peter Sixsmith has concerns about his manservant Pardew. He let slip his feelings in a beer fuelled frenzy of debauchery and quizzing at the Spice Lounge in Bishop on Monday evening. Despite that he still found time on Tuesday to pop down to London to watch Milwall and Birmingham, do a stint on [...]

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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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Newcastle v SAFC Who are You?: ‘never met a Mackem I disliked’

Geordie and lifelong Toon fan, Nick Donaldson* was one of Monsieur Salut’s colleagues in London and is now following, long [...]

The Grand Newcastle Utd vs SAFC Guess the Score: fun and framed pitchas

I still have a card my mother once sent me. It showed a long-suffering wife looking daggers at her old [...]

The Way It Is

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

Newcastle United v Sunderland: are the horses now safe?

Previewing the Tyne-Wear derby for ESPN, I mentioned the decision by Northumbria police to treat the game with a less [...]

The return of Keir’s Player Ratings: Seb’s his star against West Ham

Sunderland 1 – 1 West Ham: Player Ratings After being silenced by family commitments – and perhaps a spot of [...]

Dodgy numbers signify relegation scrap for Hull, QPR, Burnley, Leicester (and us?)

This is my third post in this series, which began in August when I used some dodgy stats and history [...]

Sixer’s Soapbox: winter draws on as West Ham take a point

Malcolm Dawson writes…..“Don’t be too unhappy going home girls – it’s a long way back,” I cheerfully remarked to two [...]