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End of Season reviews (7): Sunderland’s Season, Sixer’s style

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John McCormick writes: For some reason the newsfeeds that pick up Salut! posts didn’t pick up the original of this one. There may be technical solutions involving spiders, RSS feeds and index urls but we’re taking a shortcut by reposting this article under another title. This will help ensure that Pete’s prose gets the readership […]

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Wembley Soapbox: another Sunderland-Charlton letdown. ‘Why do I do all this?’

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Monsieur Salut writes: it wasn’t in truth so different from what many of us expected. If you’re not sufficiently older than 46 to have seen our last win at Wembley, as opposed to being a babe in someone’s arms, losing comes naturally. This was awful. We didn’t even huff and puff very much. Gifted a goal, […]

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Sixer’s Portsmouth Soapbox: dogged, determined and disciplined as the Lads get to Wembley

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Malcolm Dawson writes……I said after the Southend game that I actually thought finishing 5th wasn’t such a bad thing, as I felt we stood a better chance of beating Portsmouth over two legs than Charlton, and that a one off game at Wembley against Charlton was preferable to another meeting with Portsmouth at the National […]

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Sixer’s Play Off Soapbox: 1-0 at half time as Portsmouth up to their old tricks

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..thanks to the Lads’ inability to get anything from their two days at the seaside at the end of the regular season, this was to be my last live game of the campaign as I have a hospital appointment for an old man’s scan on Thursday and a pre-arranged commitment back in Lytham, […]

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Sixer’s Southend Soapbox: old grounds, new towns and penalties

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Pete Sixsmith was planning a sporting Bank Holiday weekend, which is one reason why you’ve had to wait a little longer than normal to read his take on what was a disappointing end to our league campaign down on the Essex coast. Friday was meant to be a stop off in Lincolnshire, where Durham were […]

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Sixer’s sub’s Fleetwood Soapbox: Sunderland’s season encapsulated in 95 minutes

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Malcolm Dawson writes………none of us really wanted to go through the playoffs, even those who would have settled for that scenario before the season kicked off, but for Pete Sixsmith they represent an increased workload. With 46 league games to report on, plus all those cup ties and his twin series of First Time Evers, […]

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Sixer’s Portsmouth Soapbox: play offs Pompey, Pompey play offs – and us

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Malcolm Dawson writes……whilst not mathematically denying us one of the two automatic promotion spots, yesterday’s result finally extinguished any realistic hope of avoiding the lottery that is the play-offs. At the start of the season I don’t suppose there are many supporters who would have said that only losing a total of three games out […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Peterborough make their point against Sunderland

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John McCormick is editing this in Liverpool, where one of the clubs could win the Champions League, not to mention the Premier League, and the other’s just put four past Manchester United. When he has finished he’ll be seeing daughter Helen and her Spurs supporting boyfriend Will off to Lime Street Station, from where they’ll […]

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Sixer’s Sub’s Doncaster Rovers Soapbox: it’s a good Friday on Wearside

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The games are coming thick and fast as we get to the fag end and business end of the season. Pete Sixsmith and Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson are sharing match reporting duties and Pete will be back for his take on the Peterborough and Portsmouth clashes, but today it is Malcolm who brings us his […]

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Sixer’s Sub’s Coventry Soapbox: Sunderland on the wrong end of goalfest

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Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson writes…..with so many games to fit in between Wembley and the end of the season Pete Sixsmith and I agreed to job share the match reports so if you’ve come here looking for his erudite take on yesterday’s events at the soon to be renamed Stadium of Light, I’m afraid you’ll […]

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Simon Grayson, Steve Bruce, Ahmed Elmohamady, David Meyler, Paul McShane: A Hull of a connection

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John McCormick writes Did we get rid of Simon Grayson too early? There are some stats that say we could […]

Sunderland’s retained list: Who’s yet to take a walk? Who’s yet to arrive at our doors?

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We know there’s a lot of rebuilding to do. We know we have some expensive players on our books who […]

Salut! Sunderland presents: The best goal I ever scored/never scored

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John McCormick writes: It was M Salut himself who got me going, but only after Malcolm had chipped in with […]

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