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Sixer’s Scunthorpe Soapbox: no Lincolnshire classic on a flat night in Scunny

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Malcolm Dawson writes……at half time last night, I sent Pete Sixsmith a text. He was watching the boys in red and white going through the motions in industrial Lincolnshire and confirmed what the intermittent commentary on the SAFC website suggested, that this was not a pre-season classic. “Avoid the A1(M)” I said having returned from […]

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Sixer’s Bradford Soapbox: Jeremain Lens a consummate artist

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Pete Sixsmith took another one of his short breaks to visit a new non-league ground, sample a few pints of real ale and wax lyrical over a Sunderland player who most people expect not to be gracing the Championship in the upcoming season. Personally I hope that Simon Grayson can persuade all his squad […]

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Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players used by Simon Grayson as he assessed our chances of mounting a serious challenge for promotion. Sunderland won 2-1, but impressed few of those who have had their say already about what seems to have […]

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Sixer’s Gigg Lane Gleanings after Sunderland beat Bury

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Pete Sixsmith‘s pre-season training got under way with a visit to Bury, where (Monsieur Salut believes) he saw Sunderland clinch promotion with a 5-2 win under Peter Reid in 1999. The early tweets were hardly encouraging. Two down and lots of moaning from fans who don’t buy the mantra that ‘it’s all about fitness’. Then […]

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Sixer says: meet the new boss

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith reports that it’s cold, wet and miserable where he is – presumably Sixsmith Towers, deep in County Durham. It’s not much better here, down south in Liverpool. But news has come in that we have a manager.  Is that sufficient to warm the cockles of our too-chilled hearts? I think […]

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Sunderland’s 10 relegations: down with a Wembley twist

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Pete’s going to be busy for a while, so there’s a good chance we’ll have a new manager – maybe a new owner (not to mention the possibility of a new prime minister) – before he gets back to this series. In the meantime, here’s his take on relegation number 4. Like the first three, […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: when Porto’s footballing perfection sees off SAFC, it’s time to sit back and enjoy

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John McCormick writes: it’s good to see Pete Sixsmith keeping up to date with education matters; that GCSEs are now graded 1-9 had passed me by. I bet M Salut knew, too, he might even have a maths grade to be proud of. Pete also keeps up to date with football, of course, and although his Premier League season […]

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Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: abject and dismal? Much worse than that

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Malcolm Dawson writes: Just over twelve months ago we celebrated another great escape. But it wasn’t just avoiding relegation that thrilled us. As Fat Sam and the boys danced around the pitch we saw a team that appeared to have taken the club, the city and the fans to their collective heart, working for a […]

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Sixer’s Hull City Soapbox: something to shout about in the city of culture

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Malcolm Dawson writes……I half expected Pete Sixsmith to go up to Whitley Bay yesterday to watch the Northern League Cup Final (the last game of the Northern League season) in which South Shields hammered their rivals from ower the Tyne, North Shields by five goals to nil. But no! Peter is made of sterner stuff […]

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Sixer’s Bournemouth Soapbox: going down with barely a whimper

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Malcolm Dawson writes……the official attendance yesterday was 38,394 but judging by the number of empty seats all round the ground I would estimate that about 8,000 season ticket holders didn’t bother to turn up. Pete Sixsmith did and he wasn’t surprised by what he saw on the pitch, nor were the majority of supporters who […]

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Sixer’s standin’s Soapbox: Everton remain on the Carabao trail as Bernard wins the cup

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There were some plus points. Everton – club and fans – remembered Bradley Lowery with grace and class. I had […]

SAFC vs Cardiff City Guess the Score: who thought this would be a bottom-top clash?

Jake: 'allow Monsieur Salut to introduce another season of Guess the Score competitions'

Monsieur Salut writes: sincere apologies if you tried to come here last night and could see only a message saying […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 3-0 SAFC. A challenge way too far

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixmsith wrote – with his customary command of detail, style and humour – on the delights […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Goodison, ‘my favourite after Roker’

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Yesterday Bernard Walker expressed his love for Goodison Park.  Pete Sixsmith will understand why, for it is, as he says […]

Everton vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: a brief return to the big time

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Monsieur Salut introduces another prize edition of Guess rhe Score and promises belated movement on the backlog of winners … […]

Everton Who are You?: ‘Pickford looks a great signing; Kone never did impress me’

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John McCormick writes: I talk to Evertonians most weeks. They tend not to be short of opinions – like most […]