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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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Sixer’s QPR Soapbox: Sunderland slip up as Cattermole made to tread egg shells

Pete Sixsmith‘s wisest decision on Saturday was his choice of pub, the trick being to beat the ploddish Met Police anti-supporter radar, get a good pint and not still have miles to make up to reach the ground. Notting Hill Gate, the Commissioner will doubtless be surprised and relieved to hear, survived the visit from [...]

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Sixer’s Midweek Meander: Birmingham 0 Sunderland 3

John McCormick writes: The gods of football are conspiring against me at the moment and I’m finding it hard to even plan for a game. Not so Pete Sixsmith, who has managed to fit in home, away, friendly, non-league, rugby league, cricket league and probably  Sunday league into a season that’s hardly started. That’s  not [...]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: second best Manchester United escape with a point

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Fifty years ago, Peter Sixsmith, M Salut and myself were all at the opening fixture of the 1964/5 season. I wasn’t to meet either of them until many years later, but here the three of us are half a century on, still hoping that the first home game of a new season will [...]

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Sixer’s West Brom Soapbox: Larsson settles the nerves

In half a century of following Sunderland, Pete Sixsmith has seen it all:opening day excitement, hope, nerves, dismay, despair … the list could bump his match report off the site. And he got most of that in one day on his trip to West Brom. Read on …

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Udinese like a Sunday morning

Malcolm Dawson writes……Following his most recent visits to the O3 Arena, Peter Sixsmith has developed a liking for watching a team in red and white stripes at St James’ Park, so when the Football League fixtures were announced he got Pardew, his faithful manservant, to organise a suite at the Exeter Travelodge and a ticket [...]

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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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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 is [...]

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 [...]

Pure Poyetry on SAFC’s draw with Tottenham: ‘excitement, effort, achievement’

Gus Poyet saw it as an incredible game of football. Some of us felt it was an incredible escape! But [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 2 Tottenham Hotpsur 2. Now be thankful

Monsieur Salut guessed at ESPN that Gus Poyet would settle for a point. Pete Sixsmith said at haf time he’d [...]

Clare’s quest: does this lost treasure ring a Sunderland or Norwich bell?

After the great Scottish referendum debate inspired by Birflatt Boy and drawing in a couple of thousand new readers, the [...]

Message to Rangers, Celtic and Scotland: keep your Wee Bit Hill and Glen British

Birflatt Boy emerges from his customary shadows to rue the possible departure of the Scots from the UK. Has Fletch [...]

SAFC vs Tottenham: Queen Victoria and King Edward VIII knew we were better

Football’s coming back. The internationals break is over, Sixer doubtless had a grand weekend watching non-league football and Rugby League [...]