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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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50p a minute? No thanks!!!

Picture: Free-ers Week after week, good news or bad, Pete Sixsmith faithfully texts scores, results and verdicts to Salut! Sunderland. Saturday was Chelsea avoidance day, and he got his updates from Abu Dhabi Saturday found me absent from Stamford Bridge, so my observations are for once based on Match of the Day and what I […]

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Glam nights out (1): Hetton

Guided by a refined sartorial sense, Pete Sixsmith has been writing his socks off on Salut! Sunderland in recent weeks. But would a trip to Hetton to see the reserves in action punch a hole in those socks? Decision is yours….. In between visiting my tailor and popping in and out of work, I have […]

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Hailing Glass Spider’s finest

Last gasp hero Picture: Peadar O’Sullivan At least Anthony Stokes has a sense of humour, with wise cracks about celebrating his long overdue Premiership scoring debut with “a quiet night in”. More of the same – goals, not jokes – and Pete Sixsmith will forgive him all his Glass Spider excesses Fair play to you, […]

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The Not So Magnificent Seven

Pete Sixsmith goes on the road in search of goals. Unfortunately he finds them in the wrong end. Colin is wrong. I could think of seven words to describe this shambles but none of them would get past the service provider. The best way to approach this is to look at the positives of the […]

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Jammy Mags

Wanted: performances like this Picture: db1874 How many of us uttered the words of the headline at the weekend. And how many blamed Craig Gordon? Pete Sixsmith springs to his defence Let’s deal with the Milner equaliser first. One of the students at the school where I teach at summed it up perfectly. “We could […]

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Man to man marking after another wasted opportunity (2)

Last night seemed a watershed of sorts, and it was difficult to pass it and remain in upbeat mood. Pete Sixsmith adds his own thoughts to Andy Nichol’s excellent analysis Thank you, Setanta. At the end of this feast of football, I breathed a sigh of relief. Not at the result, because that left me […]

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Mag owner’s commonsense breakdown

A Mike Ashley model? Picture: dgolfrabbit Doesn’t the dress code in football directors’ boxes err on the side of restraint? Pete Sixmsith offers evenly balanced thoughts on a threatened breach of etiquette at this weekend’s Wear-Tyne derby On the grapevine, I heard that Niall Quinn had written to the Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley asking […]

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From MK Dons to Rochdale via Oxford, Peterborough and Portsmouth: it’s a short financial ramble

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It was on 18th June that I put up the first in this series, covering the League One clubs beginning […]

Rotherham: where better to celebrate Sunderland’s promotion?

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This time last year, we were wondering whether a May weekend in Southend would be our promotion party. We know […]

Lasses cannot play football. Will the Women’s World Cup finally bury this falsehood?

Beth Mead, the Kevin Phillips of Sunderland women's football*

Who, like me, looked on in admiration at Janine Beckie’s corners for Canada against New Zealand and thought, “let’s hope […]

An evening with Nyron and helping hands for a Sunderland school and the fans’ museum

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Roy Keane famously said the less time Nyron Nosworthy spent on the ball, the better for all concerned. He was […]

Rambling through Accrington, Coventry and Ipswich to Lincoln. How do Sunderland’s rivals shape up financially?

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League One comprises 24 clubs. Three of them, Bury, Bolton and Blackpool, are entering, exiting or plodging in the clarts […]

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