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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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Sixer’s Stoke City Soapbox: Wembley dreaming over ’til the New Year

Malcolm Dawson writes….the atmosphere on the journey home last night was decidely downbeat. Pete Sixsmith was fuming at what he saw as another inept performance whilst I adopted the taciturn approach which I always seem to do having witnessed yet another disappointing result at the Stadium of Light. At least I didn’t have to get [...]

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Sixer’s Burnley Soabox: Black Cats not good, Black Cat not bad

John McCormick writes: My senior railcard expired last week. I didn’t bother to renew it as I knew my chances of getting a Burnley ticket were remote and my next trip to the SOL won’t be for some time.  It’s possible I won’t even get there before the January window, at which point I hope [...]

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Sixer’s Tottenham Soapbox: resilience the key as Kane o.g. makes the point

Those who were there will be able to say “I was there” and those who weren’t there will be able to say “I wish I’d been there” but no one will be able to say how we came away with a point. Except, perhaps, our own Pete Sixsmith, who eschewed the triumphalism of the last [...]

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The Way It Is

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

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 [...]

Hutch’s Patch: Sunderland ratings vs Leicester. Guess who got 10/10

So a Leicester-supporting pal says his lot were the better side but adds that it’s difficult to tell which of [...]

Pure Poyetry from Leicester: ‘good encounter … we’ll play worse and win’

A quick edition of the boss’s post-match thoughts, as expressed in his customary e-mail. Others may add to this introduction. [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Leicester City 0 SAFC 0. Can’t beat the strugglers

Pete Sixsmith, whose seven-word instant verdicts enlighten these pages, saw this goalless draw at Leicester as a win we let [...]

Remembering Iain Hesford, of Blackpool, Sunderland, Hull City and Maidstone. RIP

Monsieur Salut writes: Iain Hesford*, SAFC’s goalkeeper in the Third Division title-winning season, has died at the cruelly young age [...]

Sixer asks: must we go to Leicester?

Pete Sixsmith muses over the trip to Leicester which turns out, probably through no fault of its own but more [...]