Tag Archives: Pete Sixsmith

Soapbox: a bumpy day in pieland

Pete Sixsmith reflects on yet another disappointing day on the road, yet another dismal comedown when encountering humbler opposition immediately after heroics against the Premier League’s finest … What does Arsene Wenger do when the Gunners have a Saturday blank? If he was listening to James Alexander Gordon at 5pm, he would have risked a […]

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Down to earth with a thud at Wigan

Somehow, when Steve Bruce said after the Arsenal game that he’d warned the team “play as like that at Wigan or else”, the longer serving pessimists among us knew what was about to happen. And happen it does. We fail to score even one against a team that concedes shedloads, and lose 1-0. Before what […]

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Soapbox: Dave Lish RIP – an affectionate farewell to a good man

Just before Saturday’s rousing win over Arsenal, I spotted Pete Sixsmith in his usual 20-minutes-before-kickoff spot in the East Stand concourse, chatting animatedly to another Sunderland fan. That other fan was about to see the last game of his life. Only in his early 50s, he died next day. Pete pays tribute to Dave Lish […]

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Soapbox: outshooting the Gunners

While most of the near 45,000 attendance at the Stadium of Light saw a match that Sunderland won, Radio 5 Live and MoTD  reported on a match that Arsenal lost.  Pete Sixsmith redresses the balance … The highlights and the stats on Match of the Day did this superb game a disservice. The editing made it […]

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Soapbox: another week, another drama. But let’s hand it to Thierry Henry

As Sunderland prepare to face Arsenal, the debate rages on. Should France v Republic of Ireland be replayed? If so, what about Reading 1 Sunderland 0 (goal given, not over line), Sunderland 1 Aston Villa 1 (legitimate, last second SAFC winner inexplicably denied by Steve Bentley), Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0 (beachball clinches the points). One […]

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Eduardo, Ngog and an everyday saga of Bent penalties

The issue of cheating in football won’t go away. Is it a price worth paying for the cut and thrust of post-match debate? Colin Randall gets stuck in traffic long enough to hear a range of views … If we are honest, most of us love the controversy that football provokes. (more…)

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Soapbox: no luck at the Lane (for Sunderland)

Fair’s fair. With the hindsight not available to most fans – or any referees – when controversial incidents actually occur, Salut! Sunderland accepts that Kevin Friend got the penalty about right. A slightly reckless challenge, but not one that merited a red card. Some SAFC fans go further and echo Spurs supporters (not all) by […]

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Soapbox: losing face

The Herita Ilunga soap opera continues. Pete Sixsmith could hardly let it go unremarked in his report of a grim start by Sunderland followed by stirring fightback and lingering controversy … Well, where to start after a fairly eventful afternoon at The Stadium of Thugs – according to weeping and wailing West Ham fans. Let’s […]

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Soapbox: damn Yankees

No apologies for banging on about the Carling Cup defeat. It was a big night for us and we blew it, our own self-destruct tendencies combining in critical fashion with the accomplished versatility of a keeper from overseas. Pete Sixsmith feels he has been there before and is so cross he even has second thoughts […]

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St Andrew’s Cross

After a geographical discussion about the location of certain places within the West Midlands conurbation, Pete Sixsmith actually visited the area on Saturday and came back deeply unimpressed … What is wrong with this team of ours? We can go to Manchester United and outclass and outplay them. We can take on Liverpool and run […]

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The first time ever I saw your ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes Burton is one of those places you’re not likely to visit by accident if you live in […]

Burton Albion Who are You?: Brewers’ ‘Pieman’ says we can both beat relegation

Jake: 'let's be having you'

    Dave Child* is a fan of the old school. Burton Albion through and through – ‘who are Derby County?’, […]

Burton Albion vs SAFC Guess the Score: what could possibly go wrong?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Just look at the home and away table. Two wins, a draw and six defeats at home, nine goals scored […]

Sixer’s Aston Villa Soapbox: neither a bang nor a whimper

Jake: 'here's the one report you should read, Chris'

Chris Coleman is unlikely to see this at all and, should he accidentally find himself at this page, still less […]

Hutch’s one-word ratings after Aston Villa defeat: who was drab, who was ‘crablike’?

Jake: 'is it to be Coleman delivers?'

Monsieur Salut writes: had I been able to make it – up for me, from London – for Chris Coleman’s […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 2-1 SAFC. Coleman sees measure of his task

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Pete Sixsmith saw Chris Coleman’s managership start in painfully familiar fashion, yet another bright start undone by yet another piece […]