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Sixer’s pre-season soapbox: normal service resumes at Darlington

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I was in the environs of Darlington yesterday afternoon and pondered whether to hang about and take advantage of the cash turnstiles to get my first look at the revamped (work in progress) Sunderland AFC but decided that whilst my mobility is a lot better than it was this time last year, my […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: QPR cup glory, Rodney Marsh’s Darlington night out

Jake wants a swift return to form ...

Pete Sixsmith‘s first encounter with QPR was not against Sunderland but Darlington shortly after Rodney Marsh had scored one of the three goals that won a side then in the Third Division the league cup final against top flight opponents, WBA, despite having been two down at half time. The game at Feethams is largely […]

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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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Sixer Says: SAFC off to a winning pre-season start vs Darlington

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It seems a little too early for football but it’s back all the same and Pete Sixsmith was at Bishop Auckland to catch a 4-2 win for the Lads … A pleasant evening in DL4 as the season opened at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park ground, where Darlington are tenants – and, if rumours are to […]

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Sixer’s Darlington Soapbox: Sunderland home if not dry in five-goal romp

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

Pete Sixsmith, in the company of Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcom Dawson, had an enjoyable afternoon despite the rain, watching the first goals of SAFC’s pre-season programme in a 5-1 dismantling of Darlington, or rather the form Darlo now take after all the woes of recent seasons. That meant, for example, a trip to Bishop, […]

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Sunderland’s is best. Name the worst from Crystal Palace, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers, Chelsea, Doncaster, Swansea, Darlington, Wimbledon and Southampton

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Pete Sixsmith‘s bulky but now gym-honed frame has graced just about every ground known to football. Here’s his response to a highly personal survey naming the Stadium of Light as the best you’ll find … (more…)

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Darlington/Hartlepool Soapbox: upbeat vibes, glowing Steed tribute

Pete Sixsmith was indeed at both Hartlepool and Darlington – I can barely bring myself to write The Northern Echo Darlington Arena, even if I did work for that august journal in what I fondly imagine to have been its heyday – but was defeated by technology at Darlo (he’d left his phone at home). […]

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Darlington 0 Sunderland 3: a silent (for us) romp

Monsieur Salut was not there, the French Mediterranean seeming to have the edge on Darlo. But Pete Sixsmith, we think, was. And Big Pete was clearly so ecstatic with the Sunderland performance that he forgot to send a single text. (more…)

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Soapbox: Darlington 0 SAFC 1 – the season starts here

A short trip to Darlington, a modest win to maintain our pre-season run (that’s two wins in a row, rare enough for Sunderland in recent times) and Pete Sixsmith is purring contentedly into his ale … Another visit to the Darlington Arena (aka as Reynolds Folly) and another win, although by no means as comfortable […]

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Soapbox: season to start minus Craig Gordon

Pete Sixsmith is in pre-season training, too, after marking enough exam papers to pay for trips to Darlington (eight miles on the No 1 bus) and Hoffenheim (change at Darlo) … After the “delights” of Spain v The Netherlands, we are back to normal – ie thinking and writing about the football that really MEANS […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Maja and Gooch lead the charge as St Mirren hit for six

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Pete Sixsmith would have enjoyed this, but was nowhere near Scotland as Jack Ross went back to his last club, […]

Farewell Billy Jones and Callum McManaman and welcome Glenn Loovens

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Salut! Sunderland extends a hearty welcome to Glenn Loovens, who arrives as a free agent having been released by Sheffield […]

Should Sunderland be giving away a lot less about transfer targets?

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Monsieur Salut discusses the need for a sensible balance between openness and discretion in the pre-season transfer market… Who knows? […]

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

Sunderland the Play in real life: wowing Parisian theatregoers**

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 […]