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Soapbox: gulfs of difference

Thousands of miles from home, SAFC expats can gawp at every step of the Lads’ up-down-down Premiership progress while ticketless fans at home make do with radio commentary and TV highlights. Pete Sixsmith fears the differences do not end with football viewing rights Ah, the advantages of working in a country which has no restrictive […]

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Soapbox: loony toons

One dictionary definition of magpie is “idle chatterer”. That probably sums up Kevin Keegan quite well. But Pete Sixsmith, writing before news broke that the circus was coming back to toon, found plenty for scope for fun at the expense of KK’s long line of predecessors There’s a classic Fawlty Towers moment when Basil is […]

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Soapbox: happy days are here again

Sing when you’re winning? Win when you’re singing more like. It was a good enough philosophy for FDR and Pete Sixsmith reckons it’s good enough for us The greatest of all US presidents, Franklin D Roosevelt, was also the first to have a campaign song. Because of the Great Depression he wanted it to be […]

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Soapbox: our cup runneth under

Think 3-0 at home to Wigan was bad? Pete Sixsmith has seen worse. But it was enough to dampen his hopes of nine points from the next three Premiership homes games against Portsmouth, Birmingham and – er – Wigan. And if his shopping list (a seven point haul) proves beyond us, we’ll just have to […]

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Soapbox: no nay never

These Rovers have no cause to be mildly cross, let alone Wild. Their seasonal good fortune, the last dollop of it our expense, leaves us with a mountain to climb: somehow clawing three wins out of the next three home games. So says Pete Sixsmith Blackburn Rovers must have had a deal with Old Saint […]

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Soapbox: the good, the bad and the (very) ugly

Another interesting facet of Christmas is looking through the TV film listings to see which ones apply to SAFC. Of course, The Great Escape made its customary appearance and here’s hoping we can celebrate our very own in May. With regard to Anthony Stokes (rumoured to be interesting Derby and Wolves) I looked for John […]

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A blue Christmas

Salut! Sunderland‘s lines of communication were about as effective yesterday as a back four reading Whitehead-McShane-Higginbotham-Collins, about as a sharp as a Sunderland front two. Where, we were reduced to wondering until the real Sixer’s Seven could finally be posted, do we go from this mauling? Pete Sixsmith answers the bleak Christmas question Over my […]

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Another bad day at the office

At least we’ve an easy one next Picture:IkaShaZReeN Pete Sixsmith sees no reason to offer Christmas cheer to Steve Rubery, the linesman whose seasonal gift to Reading was a winning goal. But he doesn’t blame crazy decisions by match officals for our deeper woes. So this time it’s a linesman who deals us a killer […]

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Referee from hell? Yes, but SAFC woes go deeper

Steve Bennett, it is fair to assume, is not a name to be found on Roy Keane’s late Christmas card list. But, says Pete Sixsmith, do not run away with the idea that we actually deserved to win Can anyone else pass? Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan The referee, in the end, cost us two points. But […]

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Ball boys turn on the style at SoL

It’s dipped to the lower 30s in the Emirates but some of us still find the heat ferocious. Pete Sixsmith, made of sterner stuff, braved a cold night on Wearside to watch the young ‘uns If it’s Tuesday, there’s got to be football on somewhere. All the better if it’s watching potential stars making a […]

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Barnsley vs Sunderland Guess the Score: the need to show we’re a Championship force

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

As Paul Summerside put it here earlier this week, Saturday’s game at Oakwell is a much more important test of […]

Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: At least our name’s in the douli for the next round

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….Pete Sixsmith made the trip across the Pennines to Brunton Park last night and saw us win our […]

A View from the Avenue: Barnsley result crucial after a decent start

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

So after tonight’s win at Carlisle in the Carabao Cup, is Paul Summerside chuffed to bits, mildly encouraged or part […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Carlisle 1-2 Sunderland. Bill Green honoured, our job done

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Beating Carlisle in the league cup, or what is now correctly called the Caraboa Cup (what, you may ask but […]

Grayson’s uphill struggle to mould a viable Sunderland squad

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William Sundin, a media production graduate from Sunderland University (though strongly suspected of being an Ipswich supporter) takes another clinical […]

Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?

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Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role […]