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Sixer’s Middlesbrough Soapbox: time for a reality check Moyesey old son

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Malcolm Dawson writes….criticised for his negative comments after his side’s defeat in what was considered this season’s first local derby, David Moyes is full of optimism and praise for his team after the second. Well there are people who believe in the Yeti and Bigfoot and that the moon landings were all an elaborate hoax, […]

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Sixer’s West Ham Soapbox: too late for positives

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Malcolm Dawson writes………..if you believe the official figures, there were over 40,000 world weary souls at the Stadium of Light yesterday but that statistic includes all season card holders and by the number of pink seats visible, a good number of those had opted for another way of spending their Saturday. Pete Sixsmith wasn’t one […]

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Sixer’s Manchester United Soapbox: tumbling from the Premier League without a whimper

Poor old Pete Sixsmith can barely remember what it is like to write about an encouraging losing performance by Sunderland, let alone any kind of winning one. With a little help from Craig Pawson, Manchester United strolled to victory. And Sixer saw nothing, beyond Jordan Pickford’s accomplished goalkeeping and some sparks of effort and drive […]

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Sixer’s Burnley Soapbox: no plan, no guile but at least a Chuck Berry payoff

Monsieur Salut writes: normally, our deputy editor Malcolm Dawson introduces Pete Sixsmith‘s unfailingly compelling reflections on Sunderland matches. I have become quite proficient at following each match by internet streams and Barnes and Benno but Malcolm and Sixer both attend most home games and the lame 0-0 draw to Burnley was no exception (the interviewee […]

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Sixer’s Manchester City Soapbox: our time looks up, but never say die

Jake:

The exchanges between Pete Sixsmith, up in the East Stand, and Monsieur Salut, watching and listening in his French bunker (thanks Nick Barnes for the kind mention), were not encouraging. At half time, Sixer bemoaned being both the better side and behind. Long before the final whistle, after the killer second goal, he’d given up […]

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Sixer’s stand-in’s Soapbox: Everton do enough to guarantee the points

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John McCormick writes: Pete has asked me if I can do a match report for him as he’s taking in Bradford v Toulouse and won’t get in until late. I can, but you mustn’t expect his level of wit, nor his keen observation and erudition. This was only my third live game of the season and I […]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: “for 25 minutes we looked good”

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Jake sent a message with the graphic on the left: “Another false dawn is snuffed out.” Is there any hope? David Moyes suggests there is, other results suggest there may be. But, for the real truth, there’s only one place to go. Pete Sixsmith – he’s seen it all, he knows what’s what. Over to […]

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Sixer’s sub’s Soapboax: Crystal Palace – plenty of possession but not much of a threat

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John McCormick writes: When Alfie N’Diaye pops up with a goal for your relegation competitors you know the Gods of football can’t be happy with you. What, then, must they feel towards Sam Allardyce? Not that anyone’s complaining, of course, apart from perhaps a few of the fans who left Selhurst Park early after our own midfield did […]

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Sixer’s Tottenham Soapbox: Plenty to like in a hard fought game

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John McCormick writes: I didn’t see much of last night’s game. I did see Jack Rodwell’s foul and would have had him off at half time to prevent a potential second yellow. But David Moyes apparently didn’t think there was any need to worry; Rodwell stayed on and had a “quietly effective game”, according to Pete Sixsmith. […]

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Sixer’s Burnley Soapbox: thank heavens he can write about travel, too

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..Shildon play Whitley Bay in the Northern League Cup this evening. Peter Sixsmith will be there hoping to see a team in red and white progress in a knock-out competition. He travelled to the North Lancashire hotbed of football that is Burnley last night, more in hope than expectation of seeing a team […]

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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 […]

Lens absent as Sunderland manage only a draw at Scunthorpe

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Pete Sixsmith was at Glanford Park for Scunthorpe United 0-0 Sunderland. “As inspiring as an Ed Sheeran album” was his […]

Thanks for the memories, Tommy Sorensen. Stoke, Aston Villa fans may agree

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Pete Sixsmith bids a fond farewell to Thomas Sorensen, a great Sunderland goalkeeper of recent times, as he puts away […]

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 […]

Sixer’s Bradford Seven: Lens and Khazri excellent in friendly win

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Malcolm Dawson writes…… following his trip to Nottingham where Pete Sixsmith saw Shildon AFC come away with a two all […]

Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]