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Sixer’s sojourn: Newcastle lose and Edinburgh rocks as Hearts beat Dundee United

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

Malcolm Dawson writes….. Well a trip to Hampshire may not have been on Pete Sixsmith’s plans as a build up to Christmas but he’s not a man to let a deluge deter him from finding some football somewhere. The rain may have thwarted his plan for a Northern League double as both Spennymoor (KO 1.00pm) […]

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Sixer’s travels: Fun in the Fens – Histon v Sunderland

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Having felt like a fish out of water amongst the glitterati of Chichester a couple of weeks ago Pete Sixsmith continued his travels with a visit to the flatlands of East Anglia. The lure of course was the appearance of Bally’s Boys in another pre-season work out against Histon. As the North East at last […]

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Sixer’s sojourn finds no Seoul in Sussex

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

Malcolm Dawson writes: it seemed highly appropriate that Kate Rusby’s version of The Kinks’ Village Green Preservation Society came on the radio, just as I was beginning the edit of Pete Sixsmith‘s latest offering. Immediately before dropping off to sleep the night before, I had re-read a chapter of Harry Pearson’s excellent book on North […]

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Arsenal’s 12th man: Danson in the dark at Highbury

My first notion was to direct visiting Arsenal supporters immediately to Tom Watt’s great interview. On second thoughts, they should go there only after a quick look at Pete Sixsmith‘s amusing reminiscences on a past Arsenal v SAFC encounter enlivened – even if Pete’s detail may be open to question – by a man for […]

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Soapbox: Spurs at the San Siro, or Charlton at Hartlepool?

In some random jottings from the world of football, Pete Sixsmith confirms that, for him, that world extends beyond the Premier League and Europe. But he finds room to extol the virtues of Spurs and cautions Gattuso on the inadvisability of butting Joe Jordan (memo to sports hacks; headbutt is a tautology – what else […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Glasgow belongs to us

A dignified show by our fans at Celtic, paying Sir Bobby Robson – a real gent, and a great son of the North wherever his allegiances lay – the right sort of tribute (and some measure of atonement for some inexcusable chants, even if on the lips of a minority of idiots, from earlier in […]

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Sixer’s Travels: a Dutch treat

Kieran Richardson, two goal heroPicture: Peadar O'Sullivan Pete Sixsmith flies home from Amsterdam a little the worse for wear, but in good spirits after a convincing win over Atletico Madrid … A bit of a lie actually, because this is being written from the study at Sixsmith Towers, while the cat re-acquaints himself with the […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Haarlem globetrotting

Once bitten twice shy. Pete Sixsmith’s eccentricities with spelling know no bounds, as a reader gently observed after his report from the Benfica game. Pete’s poor editor had no idea where to start on this one, a detailed account – littered with proper names Salut! Sunderland wouldn’t recognise if they fell in its soup – […]

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Sixer’s Travels: Dutch delights, Benfica blues

So on the strength of one 2-0 defeat to Benfica in a pre-season game, a fan over at the normally sensible Blackcats list is already fretting about another relegation battle (“After 50 years of totally being convinced we are going to make good next season. I think the hope has gone!!!! When if ever, will […]

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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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