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Sixer’s Aston Villa Soapbox: some constructive criticism (and please go, Gus)

John McCormick writes: In his e-mail carrying this account Pete Sixsmith said he’s addressing his remarks to Colin, Nic and myself as Malcolm had the misfortune to sit through this live. What remarks? Just the three headlines below: ABSOLUTE RUBBISH FROM BEGINNING TO END. YET ANOTHER CHANGE NEEDED. NO MORE AWAY GAMES AND SEASON TICKET [...]

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Sixer’s City Soapbox: Cheap beer, not much else at Hull City

John McCormick writes: listening to Gary Bennett on Radio Newcastle’s stream couldn’t give me the full picture of an eventful night at Hull. The pre and post- goal screams of “Fill that hole! Fill that hole! Oh no, if we could see it up here how could they not see it down there?” did not [...]

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Sixer’s West Brom Soapbox: well at least we didn’t lose

Malcolm Dawson writes….. “you must be pretty confident today” I said to the West Brom father and son combo as we grabbed a burger on our way up Millennium Way. His reply “Not really – this looks like a nil nil,” led to my asking about his thoughts on Pulis and he admitted that although [...]

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Masochism (3): Sixer mounts his Soapbox to denounce QPR shambles

Sunderland AFC please take note. If as loyal and long-standing and (sitting) a fan as Pete Sixsmith is beginning to cry ‘enough is enough’, something’s up. This is how Sixer saw the rotten collective surrender to QPR, complete with a literary allusion to ‘lives of quiet desperation’. Go to the home page – salutsunderland.com and [...]

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The Chapman Report from Swansea: Defoe making a difference – point taken

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith didn’t go to Wales on Saturday. Instead he went to North Shields to watch The Robins beat a team of southern softies in the FA Vase. He might just as easily have decided to go to watch Whickham v Billingham Town, where if my adding up is correct five players were [...]

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Sixer’s Burnley Soapbox: can’t go back to safety now

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith has had a busy time since Lee Mason blew the full time whistle yesterday. First thing this morning he stepped in for M Salut and did a blog for ESPN. Read it here. Then he caught Carver, the below stairs boot boy, temporarily standing in for recently departed faithful manservant Pardew, [...]

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Sixer’s Fulham Soapbox: Should’ve gone to Shields v Shildon

Malcolm Dawson writes……I couldn’t get to this game being otherwise occupied on the Fylde coast. Phew – got away with that one. Of course Pete Sixsmith gets to every home game and most away matches too but even his patience is being tested. The euphoria felt at Old Trafford and Sid James’ Park isn’t making [...]

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Sixer’s Liverpool Soapbox: when sorrows come they come not single spies

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Sunderland have won fewer games than any other team in the Premier League. Even QPR who haven’t mustered a single point away from home have won two more games than SAFC and no prizes for guessing who their first victim was. Even Burton Albion beat them before they tasted victory against us. The [...]

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Sixer’s Leeds Soapbox: it takes a worried man …

Even at half time, Pete Sixsmith felt Sunderland had been OK, no more … he had seen little to inspire him. Gus Poyet, Lee Congerton and Ellis Short should take heed of how Sixer, a loyal fan for half a century, felt at the end: ‘real rubbish in the second half and they could have [...]

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Sixer’s Man City Soapbox: effort and commitment come to naught

Malcolm Dawson writes …….I watched this on the telly. Usually I shy away from talking about individual players’ performances when I haven’t been to the match because the small screen doesn’t allow you to see what is happening off the ball. Someone like Seb Larsson for example can frustrate the opposition by his positional play, [...]

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Chance encounter with Wayne Entwistle as SuperKev destroyed Bury, sealing promotion

James Bentley is the author of an imminent book about one of the best seasons in the history of Bury, [...]

Beware the ideas of March

John McCormick:

  As we’re not playing this weekend, I thought I’d provide some March-flavoured comment. I see it as my duty [...]

Liverpool 1-2 Sunderland: why can’t our men be more like our women?

With thanks to the Sunderland Ladies official site The question is posed the other way round by Professor Henry Higgins [...]

Do they mean us? Redknapp’s ‘worst team’ jibe, Adrian Durham’s ‘basket case’ club and more

It’s been open season on Sunderland. Harry Redknapp tells Alan Brazil on TalkSport we’re the worst team in the Premier [...]

The Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, WBA and QPR giants who fired my youth

Ken Gambles is Sunderland through and through. But the recent death of Dave Mackay got him thinking back to some [...]

Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings: Wickham stars but West Ham snatch it

Monsieur Salut writes: whatever is to blame – school work, family obligations, a games console – Keir Bradwell has been [...]