Tag Archives: Derby County

Sunderland opponents and their grounds: Sixer’s series as good as it gets

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    Put it this way. Pete Sixsmith gives a lot more to the football-supporting public than he gets back. He collects bits and bobs of beer money, the odd mug or print or match ticket paid for,  but nothing that remotely reflects all he does, mostly for Salut! Sunderland but also in unpaid appearances […]

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Sixer’s Derby Soapbox: first steps to glory?

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..there were several compelling reasons which made me decide not to renew my season card for the upcoming campaign, but no such dilemma for Pete Sixsmith, who might not have been in his normal seat, but was there nevertheless to witness a reasonable display, which although didn’t break any records was a least […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1-1 Derby County. No Neymar but lots of effort

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Monsieur Salut writes: the season is underway – with a 1-1 draw at home to Derby County – and so is the 2017-2018 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith captures the essence of each game in just seven words. An asterisk before the verdict indicates that Sixer was absent and the words have […]

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The first time ever I saw your team: Derby County

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The newly slimline version of Pete Sixsmith has obviously been reading Salut! Live‘s interesting series Cover Story, comparing different versions of the same songs – health warning: mainly folk or folk-rock). He should actually be contributing to it. Since it was written by a folkie, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, has been […]

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The Sunderland vs Derby County ‘Who are You?’: a man in the know

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Monsieur Salut writes: Nick Britten* has written a column for the Derby County matchday programme for 16 years. I think we both wrote for our respective club programmes about the time he rescued me from the A38 (update: oops – Nick corrects me and says it was the A50, and he should know) after the […]

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Beauty or beast: prize Guess the Score as Grayson’s ‘different animal’ faces Derby County

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A new season beckons and we’re raring to go, full of optimism and excitement, our confidence nourished by the knowledge that Sunderland AFC are in the safest of hands. No pre-season calamities, no breaking of ranks or signs of dressing room dissent, no one facing disciplinary action before the league programme even starts. And everything […]

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The Championship cometh: we start with Derby, end with Wolverhampton

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Monsieur Salut writes: so now we know the who and the when of our Championship opponents for the coming season. We haven’t the faintest idea who will be managing Sunderland, owning Sunderland or playing for Sunderland except that – news update – it won’t apparently be Fulwell73, but the fixtures list doesn’t wait for such […]

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After Derby debacle, thank heavens Mika’s only on bench at West Ham

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

Keeping goal is sometimes a thanked task but, as often, a thankless task. Humans err and this applies to goalkeepers at all levels, as Monsieur Salut and Pete Sixsmith can confirm from personal experience, albeit long ago. Sixer now describes how what happened to us down the rec (Shildon’s splendid recreation ground) or on the […]

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Nil Desperandum: Why relegation will not lead me to despair

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Malcolm Dawson is of pre-Premiership pre-Sky vintage. He remembers a time when teams like Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Derby County could actually win the league. When teams like Northampton Town and Carlisle United could reach the top tier of English football and for a time actually threaten to go top of the league. Of […]

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The Robson Report: Sir Alex Ferguson had millions, Clough charisma and brilliance

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NB: COMMENT ON: A technical blip prevented them until now Jeremy Robson pays a grand tribute to Brian Clough to mark the imminent 10th anniversary of his death (aged 69, on September 20 2004). Sunderland fan and top writer Jonathan Wilson’s book, Nobody Ever Says Thank You, is available at very decent prices at Salut! […]

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Chroniclers of doom. Where, Ellis Short, will SAFC be a year hence?

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Gloomy times, gloomy thoughts from Monsieur Salut … No football club, whatever its history, has a divine right to play […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 SAFC. Rock bottom again

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The latest defeat in a sorry season does not, of course, send us down again just yet. It does put […]

Bolton Wanderers vs SAFC: their turn to ask the questions

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Scroll down for a Bolton Q+A session – Gabe John from the Burnden Aces fan site seeking answers from Monsieur […]

Bolton Wanderers Who are You?: ‘overpaid players who won’t fight for club’

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Michael Gething is the chairman of London Whites, the London branch of the Bolton Wanderers supporters’ club. He knows people […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bolton Wanderers, Burnden Park and the Macron

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John McCormick writes: every footballer and fan should be honoured to visit a club like Bolton Wanderers but I’ve never […]

A View from the Avenue: have the miracles run out?

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Paul Summerside doesn’t mince his words. He calls himself a ‘lapsed SAFC fan’ but is one of 20,000+ longing to […]