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A Long and Winding Road leads to Luton Town and a hard fought draw

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John McCormick writes: I woke up this morning feeling fine and decided that, as Pete Sixsmith had introduced a musical theme with Roy Harper, I should continue it.  I hope the title and  my opening make him and our other Pete (the Wrinkly one) happy together, not to mention our readers. Which begs two questions*,  “Is […]

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Sixer’s Charlton Soapbox: breaking the mould of the first day hoodoo

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Malcolm Dawson writes….this season sees a new chapter in my Sunderland supporting life. This time last year I was in despair at the way the club was being run. I felt marginalised and no longer part of a club whose teams I had followed since I was six and who I first saw play at […]

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Sixer’s Charlton Soapbox: the first win is the sweetest

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UPDATE: simply click on this paragraph and you will see the full Sixer article Oops. This is a mere sample of the piece that will be published in full tomorrow (Sunday). Some hardly untypical incompetence on the part of Monsieur Salut led the posting to be published prematurely. (more…)

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Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players at Jack Ross’s disposal. Catts and Honeyman, despite Ross saying the right things about how they were working for him, were distinctly uncool. What we all think of their agent, the club’s former CEO Margaret […]

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Sixer’s pre-season soapbox: normal service resumes at Darlington

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I was in the environs of Darlington yesterday afternoon and pondered whether to hang about and take advantage of the cash turnstiles to get my first look at the revamped (work in progress) Sunderland AFC but decided that whilst my mobility is a lot better than it was this time last year, my […]

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Sixer’s Wolverhampton Wanderers Soapbox: Cats poop on the Wolves party

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John McCormick writes……the team that finished the season was vastly different from that which started it. I suppose that shouldn’t surprise anyone, given that the manager who finished the season was not only different from the one who started it but also different from the one that started the previous game. And it would appear […]

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Sixer’s Burton Albion Soapbox: Brewers highlight our lack of Pedigree

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There is a dark cloud over Sixsmith Towers this morning – both literally and metaphorically. The English language can be ambiguous and the e-mail which accompanied Pete Sixsmith‘s match report simply said “Well that wasn’t unexpected. Thank goodness it’s all over – possibly for good.” Now whether that last bit means things are set to […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Marshalling his thoughts from the Reading draw

With both Pete Sixsmith and his normal stand in Bob Chapman both electing to give this game a miss we welcome a new contributor to the ranks of Salut! Sunderland and a fine job he does too. John Marshall is from North of the Tyne and like many children of the North East, moved away […]

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Sixer’s Norwich City Soapbox: the NHS crisis – no hope Sunderland

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Sunderland spurned two good opportunities to improve their ever decreasing chances of survival last night. The first when Aiden McGeady failed to convert a penalty in the first half and the second with yet another example of defensive frailty in the dying minutes. OK in theory they are still grasping a lifeline that […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox. Leeds do enough to draw, SAFC don’t do enough to draw clear

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith caps another decent display with a more than decent report. I detect in it a touch of optimism for the future, something I share. We have been dire for a while but hopefully we will soon be rebuilding, and on firmer foundations than have propped up the last few years. […]

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Didier Ngone – Bye bye Didi, Didi bye bye

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..this afternoon’s announcement that the club has served notice on Didier Ndong, has surely come as no surprise. […]

Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: Oh oh oh it’s Maja…….and a dozen or so others!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..on the walk back to the car yesterday, I saw a yellow legged gull scrapping for a discarded […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it […]

The First Time Ever I saw Your Team: Rochdale

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A couple of days ago I thought I’d got it wrong, writes John McCormick, and should be looking at trains […]

The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

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Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up […]

Branch Lines: calling all SAFCSA branches. Don’t miss your connection

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For those Sunderland supporters who take the trouble to visit these pages regularly, it will come as no surprise that […]