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View from the North West Corner: Black Cats on a hiding to nothing in Checkatrade

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SUNDERLAND AFC v NEWCASTLE U21s This was the tie few people wanted. Certainly not Northumbria Police, who will have to divert considerable resources away from other areas, because of a game of football that will attract a far bigger crowd than any other fixture in the competition to date and has the potential for disorder. […]

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Sixer’s Blackpool Soapbox: travelling support makes Blackpool rock

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..you expect the roads to be quiet on a Bank Holiday and they were. I drive to Lytham ten or twelve times a year so this is a route I know well. Over the tops through Woodland, Egglestone and Brough I saw more buzzards and goosander than I did oncoming cars. Kirkby Stephen […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Shrewsbury share the spoils at the Stadium of Light

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..with games coming thick and fast at this time of year and with Pete Sixsmith having to come up with regular “First Time Ever” pieces we agreed on the way to the ground that I would relieve him of his Soapbox duties for this game. For me this was a day of contrasts. […]

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Sixer’s Bradford City Soapbox: Plenty of Christmas cheer on Boxing Day

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..it was like old times yesterday with a packed house to welcome our visitors from Bradford, which included more than 2,000 in the North Stand Upper, who had made the Boxing Day trip from West Yorkshire. Half time included a perfect rendition of “Shipyards” by Martin Longstaff, who performs as The Lake Poets. […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Bristol Rovers Soapbox: Black Cats do just enough to snuff out the Gas

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Pete Sixsmith’s festive commitments means he has only one more game to miss before he returns to these pages after the Boxing Day fixture against Bradford City so once again Malcolm Dawson takes to the soapbox to report on yesterday’s game against a Bristol Rovers side looking to turn their season around. This game had […]

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Sixer’s Sub’s Walsall Soapbox: Saddlers unseat Sunderland in FA Cup exit

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Malcolm Dawson writes……. Pete Sixsmith is usually very busy at this time of year, and although he was at the Stadium of Light last night is otherwise engaged this morning, so once again he has asked me to climb on the soapbox for the Salut! Sunderland take on our FA Cup defeat. Make no mistake. […]

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Sixer’s Substitute Soapbox: Cats finish off Notts County’s Magpies in FL Trophy

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  We expect changes for the Checkatrade Trophy and here at Salut! Sunderland, with Pete Sixsmith otherwise engaged at what for him is busy time of year, Malcolm Dawson once again steps off the bench and onto the soapbox with his perspective on a cold night at the Stadium of Light. Pete and I travelled […]

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: home and dry on a wet night on Wearside

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Malcolm Dawson writes……with the festive season almost upon us and Pete Sixsmith up to the eyes with all that he does on this site, to give the old boy a rest, it falls to me to bring you my take on what went on at a cold and wet Stadium of Light last night. BARNSLEY […]

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Sixer’s Wycombe Wanderers Soapbox: Maja rocks the Chairboys

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Malcolm Dawson writes……as I struggled to sleep in the early hours my thoughts turned to the afternoon’s events and looking for positives, I began to think that perhaps this result was in fact a good thing. Whilst we want to win every game it is unrealistic to expect no slip ups (though Celtic may point […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Home Park and Plymouth Argyle

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….whilst John McCormick is off to Sunny Spain Pete Sixsmith continues with his series recalling his visits to the grounds of upcoming opponents with his memories of Home Park, Plymouth which is quite apt as in a few weeks he will be doing a few “Ho Ho Hoes of his own”! Just less […]

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Another one from the archives: Ken Gambles and some childhood heroes

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John McCormick writes: With a traveller like Pete Sixsmith on our books we’re always going to be able to tell […]

Countdown to Portsmouth at Wembley: (1) ‘a pleasant change from cataclysmic collapse’

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Monsieur Salut writes: Wembley looms again. There is no meaningful football for us (except the games involving our League One […]

From the archives: Birmingham City memories and Sixer doffs his hat to Roy Hodgson

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John McCormick writes: Malcolm said over the weekend that “with no game between now and the Checkatrade Trophy final, the […]

View from the Avenue: how Sunderland benefit from the Checkatrade distraction

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A few days when size mattered, writes Monsieur Salut: first we had Salut! Sunderland passing a grand total of 4m […]

Sixer’s Sub’s Soapbox: Walsall can’t hold on as Sunderland close the gap

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Pete Sixsmith reported windy weather before trotting off to the SOL yesterday and Walsall duly put the wind up Sunderland, […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Grigg strike eases patchy Sunderland past Walsall for three mighty points

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Back home, after a long time on the road, with a depleted squad and a serious need to keep in […]

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