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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

Com back tomorrow for the Coventry edition of Pete Sixsmith;s outstanding series on his visits to opponents' grounds

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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Sixer welcomes Big Sam and shows his love of Leeds

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Malcolm Dawson writes……with a weekend of back to back football and World Cup Rugby on the telly there are doubtless thousands of sports enthusiasts who are content to lay back in their reclining armchairs with their cans, bottles and fast food of choice. But not Pete Sixsmith. Saturday was officially nominated as Non League Day […]

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Sixer’s Travels: FC United of Manchester found, Corby Town downed, Corbyn crowned

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Pete Sixsmith is not dewy-eyed about Jeremy Corbyn, whose victory in the Labour leadership poll was announced as he (Sixer) was gawping at Michael Foot memorabilia at the National People’s Museum. He just cannot get that song by a Sunderland-supporting folk singer, Bob Fox, out of his head. Labour’s post-war victory, so it went, would […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Mandron hits two more in Boston, Lens prepares Doncaster debut

Jake: 'There's more than one team that play in red and white in Sixer's life ...'

Pete Sixsmith isn’t envious of those who followed Sunderland’s pre-season tour, Ha’way Out West. After all, he’s had his share of exotic travel, too, rounding it all off with the Doncaster first-team friendly tonight … The first team went to California and Ontario; the Development Squad had to make do with Consett and Boston – […]

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Sixer’s travels: cross border incursion – Mackems in Kirkudbright

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith and I returned to the wind tunnel that is Tow Law on Friday night where Shildon were the visitors and stuck 5 or maybe it was 6 (I lost count as well as my woolly hat) past our two favourite keepers. One does a passable impression of Eddie Large whilst the […]

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Sunderland pre-season: Sixer remembers a sad trip to Spain

Jake: 'so we didn't get Messi after all?'

Peter Sixsmith’s pre-season is well under way. He has already seen the Lads play at Darlington and the Development Squad at Tow Law and Consett. He has seen Bishop Auckland and Queens Park. That’s the well established Glasgow side and not the upstart Rangers from West London – surely the only team to be named […]

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Sixer’s non-league Soapbox: Shildon’s celebrations cancelled by dogged Terriers

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Malcolm Dawson writes….the day started off OK for Pete Sixsmith. He sat and shivered at the Riverside whilst the rain stayed away long enough for Durham to win their second County Championship match against a Sussex side who probably hold out title hopes of their own. He then made his tortuous way up the A1 […]

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Hearts in right place; no dancing in street for Raith or Rangers

Com back tomorrow for the Coventry edition of Pete Sixsmith;s outstanding series on his visits to opponents' grounds

No Sunderland to endure and Pete Sixsmith was spoilt for choice. SAFC Ladies’ third game in the Women’s Super League – a spirited comeback from a goal down to beat Bristol City 2-1 – and Shildon’s Northern League title bid (a win ) beckoned. But Sixer looked north of the border for his Saturday football […]

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As Advocaat ponders his great escape, Sixer’s thoughts turn to title hopes

Com back tomorrow for the Coventry edition of Pete Sixsmith;s outstanding series on his visits to opponents' grounds

Pete Sixmsith‘s love of football goes beyond the unrequited loyalty he bestows upon Sunderland AFC. He holds a wide-ranging view and, like the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, he always gets his man match. From Bishop to Blyth, Sherburn to Shildon, Crook to Coxhoe, he’s there when it matters. And this week, as Sunderland aren’t playing […]

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‘4,000 Sunderland fans, midweek game says it all’. Doncaster Rovers Who are You?

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith has, as ever, written a wonderful article on Doncaster Rovers for his twin series on […]

Doncaster Rovers vs SAFC Guess the Score

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For this midweek visit to Doncaster Rovers, Salut! Sunderland reverts to a “just for fun” format for the Guess the […]

Shrewsbury v Sunderland: The view from the middle ground

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I’m busy today, with stuff to do, so I only have time for some quick thoughts. Don’t forget these are […]

Sixer’s Shrewsbury Soapbox: Success in Salop

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  John McCormick writes: It’s only 70-80 miles from home to the New Meadow but three trains meant for a time-consuming journey.  […]

Sixer’s Shrewsbury Sevens: 2-0 to SAFC, a comfortable win and that elusive clean sheet

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Monsieur Salut writes: this is where Pete Sixsmith offers his customary seven-word verdict on each Sunderland game he attends. He […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Shrewsbury Town, Gay Meadow and the New One

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John McCormick writes: I’ve walked past the Gay Meadow ground once or twice and I’ve driven past the New Meadow, […]

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