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Sixer’s Travels: dreaming of those twin towers (whoops the arch) again

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….not one to suffer the plight of the England Men’s Footballing XI in meaningless friendlies our regular correspondent Peter Sixsmith takes the opportunity to take in some non league football. This weekend he indulged his love of footy and that of rail travel by making the short trip to the Yorkshire coast to […]

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Sixer Says: solve my dilemma – SAFC v QPR or Shildon at Guiseley

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A DILEMMA AFTER SHILDON WIN AT BANBURY….. What a pleasure to read John McCormick’s eloquent account of his day out at Deepdale and a refreshing change to have some positivity about Sunderland. With any luck, that can continue after the international break, always assuming that Queens Park Rangers are willing sacrificial victims at the Stadium […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Scarborough fair as they squeeze past Workington

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John McCormick writes – was England v Malta worth watching? I sat through it but I wasn’t impressed. I just can’t get enthused about the national team. I don’t think Pete Sixsmith thinks a lot of the England team either, but he does enjoy international weekends for the opportunity they provide to visit different clubs […]

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From Bradford to south Manchester, Sixer’s Easter groundhopping odyssey

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Pete Sixsmith had his say with Gary Bennett on the radio as he left the Sunderland-West Ham game, had his say at Salut! Sunderland and then started to enjoy his Easter football programme. Read on for a groundhopper’s fascinating description of journeys to Yorkshire and across the Pennines to add another batch of grounds to […]

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Sixer’s Travels: as a postponed trip to Middlesbrough mercifully spares one fate …

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But it was still a weekend of pleasure rather than the usual Sunderland-induced pain, according to Pete Sixsmith. He saw some decent non-league football, albeit watching Shildon lose, and some rugby league. He’s already worried about Saturday but put aside such cares to compose another piece of classy writing combining sport, social observation, politics and […]

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Sixer’s Travels: the silver linings that F.A. Cup defeats bring

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Malcolm Dawson writes……the hiatus that defeat in the F.A. Cup brings may see many a Sunderland supporter washing the car, trooping around IKEA or spending the afternoon down the boozer watching a succession of matches with Serbian commentary, via the pub’s dodgy box. But not the intrepid Peter Sixsmith whose need for live sport takes […]

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Sixer says: Welcome back Lynden Gooch, au revoir John Hurt

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John McCormick writes: Patrick’s impending departure leaves me quite unmoved. It’s just on a year since I saw him score the opener at Spurs, after which he disappeared as they swept past us. And that seems to epitomise his play since. What does move me is not only how will we replace him but how will David […]

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Things We Do For Love: following Sunderland to Le Budapesti Vasas

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

All the lads and lasses of Budapest out on the town to celebrate a Sunderland win Pete Sixsmith is not a man without romance. However, his idea of how to make perfect a romantic wedding anniversary weekend in Budapest – a choice of football games – is not necessarily one Madame Salut would share and […]

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Sixer’s Travels – Scotland’s result a shock – Shildon’s not so much

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Malcolm Dawson writes……Rafael – the latest gentleman’s gentleman in situ at Sixsmith Towers must have expected a busy weekend warming up the Taylor’s pork pies and chilling the Timothy Taylor’s Landlord while Pete Sixsmith settled himself in front of the telly for the World Cup Qualifiers and alongside the radio for Test Match Special. But […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Shildon and Kidderminster, Oswestry and Airbus, thanks to international break

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Monsieur Salut writes: I almost disallowed the first line of Pete Sixsmith‘s latest piece. Turgid? Drivel? Snap out of it Sixer, a man I introduce to others as Salut! Sunderland‘s star writer: self-deprecation will get you nowhere though international breaks seem to get you to a lot of places (not necessarily including all the places […]

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For Sunderland, the only way is up – starting with Charlton Athletic

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Monsieur Salut writes: in just over two weeks, only Sunderland’s second season as far down as the third tier kicks […]

Wahbi Khazri: forget Saint-Etienne – you could have played at Grimsby tonight

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As Sunderland rceord a first pre-season win, 1-0 at Grimsby, we also say farewell – or another one since he’s […]

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 […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

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The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]