Archive | Sixer’s Soapbox RSS feed for this section

Soapbox: what a relief

No one is getting carried away. We remain eminently relegatable. But those three points were magical, especially after Howard Webb had done his best to vindicate Roy Keane’s remarks about a refereeing conspiracy against us/him. Pete Sixsmith is certainly happier than he has been of late…… As we came away from Kenilworth Road on a […]

Read More 0 Comments

Soapbox: they don’t make Easter like they used to

Hot cross buns, church on Sunday, chocolate eggs to hunt in the garden? Not exactly. Pete Sixsmith, while sharing the hope that this weekend should bring our first away goals of 2008 (and more than Villa can score), reflects on other Easter traditions, sadly no more than a memory It’s a disappointing Easter holiday this […]

Read More 0 Comments

Soapbox: fine words butter no parsnips

Pete Sixsmith welcomes the praise heaped on the Lads for their spirited peformance against Chelsea, but sternly reminds us that we still lost and are now deep in trouble Not a phrase that is used very much nowadays. In fact, the only people I have heard it from are Captain Mainwaring in Dad’s Army and […]

Read More 5 Comments

Soapbox: why I don’t like Chelsea

Anyone who followed my link to the Chelsea FC Blog will know Blues fans were already feeling demonised enough without Pete Sixsmith seeing the need to share cruel memories of encounters with nastier fringes of football support. Meanwhile in Abu Dhabi, Salut! Sunderland perhaps allowed itself to become so confident about the game that colleagues […]

Read More 2 Comments

Soapbox: none out of four

Salut! Sunderland desperately hopes he is proved wrong, but the punch-free drabness of our performance against Everton confirmed Pete Sixsmith‘s worst fears. Down we go again………… Weekends are very important for me. After a hard week at the white board face running tombolas, writing articles and spending money on Amazon, the two day break allows […]

Read More 0 Comments

Soapbox: a mountain to climb

Pete Sixsmith prepares for tombola duties at Ferryhill market today with a look back to last night’s disappointing youth team game – and forward to what Everton’s European setback may mean for our prospects on Sunday A good turnout by fans at the Stadium of Light last night for the FA Youth Cup semi final […]

Read More 0 Comments

Soapbox: storm clouds gather

Time for gloom to descend. Nothing Sunderland fans are not used to; happens at some stage of almost every year and sometimes lasts all season. But if you think the man on the soapbox is looking glummer than usual, it is not your imagination running wild. Pete Sixsmith is a worried man The beautiful game? […]

Read More 1 Comment

Soapbox: Monday night fever

What is the secret of our 1973 FA Cup triumph? What would Bob Stokoe give the Lads just before they ran out for games? Why doesn’t Paul Bracewell get the beer in? Pete Sixsmith has answers to two of those questions Monday nights in the Sixsmith household are usually fairly routine and predictable. Return from […]

Read More 0 Comments

Soapbox: yet another bad day at the office

Another away defeat, but this time Pete Sixsmith knew the script so well that even a new roof over the visitors’ end couldn’t lure him to Fratton Park to suffer in person These away games pieces are getting easier and easier to write. Plenty of effort, lots of huffing and puffing, no penetration and a […]

Read More 0 Comments

Soapbox: another Saturday away from the Stadium of Light

Pete Sixsmith profits from a SAFC-free weekend to take in games at Ashington and Ryton, plot his book on the fate of proper old football grounds, hail Big Cec Irwin and question moves to stamp out of swearing on the pitch Being out of the cup gives people like me a chance to get to […]

Read More 0 Comments

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Middlesbrough FC

Pete Sixsmith

John McCormick writes: I’d really have to think hard about whether or not I’ve seen us play ‘Boro at Roker. […]

Sunderland’s decline under Short ‘more Accrington Stanley than Leeds’

cropped-sol-gates.jpg

Monsieur Salut says: when I said Salut! Sunderland had perhaps been too kind to Ellis Short in the past, I […]

Beyond belief: the football club owner who has never spoken to his manager

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

Welcome to the strange world of Ellis Short, reluctant and reclusive football boss. In the past, Salut! Sunderland may have […]

A Daughter Speaks: how Wigan and Rochdale restored the FA Cup’s shine

Footy loving Nathalie is second from the left

Amid all Sunderland’s more pressing problems, it seems almost incidental to reflect on how old you now have to be […]

SAFC vs Middlesbrough Who are You?: ‘Coleman’s great but what a mountain to climb’

We were both in the Premier League when Jake came up with this banner for the game (we lost 2-1) that prompted David Moyes's infamous relegation scrap comments

Monsieur Salut writes: having used up virtually the entire Boro-supporting side of my family (my sister has lived there throughout […]

Post-Bolton thoughts: as Brian Clough said…

McCormick's Craic(featured image) full size 640 x 138

By now you’ll have read Pete Sixsmith’s report from Bolton. I can’t find fault with it and there’s no point in […]