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Sixer’s Middlesbrough Soapbox: fighting spirit, last minute equaliser. Better than nowt?

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….well the Men and Women’s curling both proved to be a huge but not unexpected disappointment. I am becoming a bit fatalistic now in my sports watching and rarely expect those I want to do well to come up with the goods anymore. In my continuing refusal to actually spend any money following […]

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Sixer’s Bolton Soapbox: Sunderland lacking up front after going behind

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John McCormick writes: the only pleasure associated with last night was that I met up with Pete Sixsmith and Pete Horan prior to the game. Not over a pint, of course, given that the only pub nearby wouldn’t let me (and by extension us) in. We weren’t together at the ground so my view of […]

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Sixer’s Brentford Soapbox: warmth from sunshine, warmth for Liam Miller, otherwise chilly

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Pete Sixsmith will be on his way tomorrow to watch his beloved rugby league. It rarely fails to put a smile on his face. We have seen, on a handful of occasions this season, how a good Sunderland performance can have the same effect. At most games, however, he witnesses a shambles of a team […]

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Sixers’ Bristol City soapbox – and it’s worth waiting for

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John McCormick writes: There have been few “…and I was there…” games in the last couple of years, after a slew which included Wembley; four, five and six in a row; a win at Chelsea and coming back from 2-0 down at Anfield. But this match, where we played so badly for 45 minutes and returned home […]

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Sixer’s Ipswich Soapbox: a waste of time and money

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John McCormick writes: I started Pete Sixsmith‘s report on yesterday’s game at 11.01 on Sunday. It took me about 20 minutes. I can’t tell you how long Pete spent writing it but given its usual high standard you can be sure he put some effort into it. If you felt so inclined you could calculate […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Strange goings on as Hull City come to town

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John McCormick asks: Did you go to bed, or perhaps wake up, singing “The young ones”? Or maybe Bob and Marcia sprang to mind with “Young, gifted and black”. The old rockers among you might have thought of the Who and “The kids are alright” but not, I venture, “Happy Jack”. I don’t know if […]

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Sixer’s Middlesbrough Soapbox: ‘another depressing, dispiriting day’

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As Boro coasted to victory against SAFC in the FA Cup, Gary Bennett could be heard tellng listeners to the BBC Radio Newcastle commentary that it was the travelling supporters – no fewer than 4,476 – he felt sorry for. One of them was our own Pete Sixsmith, who emailed his report with a GLUM […]

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Sixer’s Barnsley Soapbox: a lack of New Year’s resolution at the Stadium of Light

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….I made a decision at the end of last season that going to watch Sunderland was becoming too painful. Physically painful because of the arthritis in my knees and the back pain I was experiencing on the walk from car to ground and back. Psychologically painful because of the poor football on show, […]

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Sixer’s Nottingham Soapbox: Forest hit the wood, Sunderland hit the target

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Sunderland finished a dismal 2017 with an away win. Pete Sixsmith was there to see it and he finishes the year with yet another fine report. Well, not quite, because later today there’ll be another of his “first time I ever..” series.  It should appear just about when you’re returning from the pub and you’ll […]

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Sixer’s Sub’s Soapbox: A Christmas gift for Birmingham City

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With Sixer still on duty it fell to Malcolm Dawson to make the trek to the Stadium of Light on our behalf, and then to report on the last home game of a very trying year. Did he see any harbingers of a better 2018? It would appear that he did: (more…)

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Fulham Guess the Score as Olivia, three, asks: ‘Will people laugh at my Sunderland top?’

Click the image and guess the score at Leeds. There is a prize. You judge whether it's a great one

Today, we hand over the penultimate prize Guess the Score* to a three-year-old girl who has embarked, even at such […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Fulham and Craven Cottage

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John McCormick writes: I remember a pleasant afternoon at Fulham in the early seventies. In my case it was made […]

Sixer’s Sunderland renown goes global – or as far as a USA Fulham fan site

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Got just under half an hour to spare? Click on the image of Sixer above and you then scroll down […]

Fulham vs SAFC Who are You?: ‘I named a cactus after Lee Clark’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

It’s that time of year. Salut! Sunderland is asking people to judge the best interviews of the season in our […]

The bane of our lives on ‘making Sunderland great again’

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It would be an exaggeration to suggest Martin Bain as a name to inspire great affection and confidence among the […]

George Forster: ‘if only football’s powers had a shred of Mr Sunderland’s loyalty and integrity’

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Pete Sixsmith pays tribute to an early mentor of his football writing, George Forster, a man who exemplifies all that […]