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Sixer’s Sheffield United Soapbox: death by a thousand cuts as the Blades take the spoils

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….there were several reasons why I decided not to renew my season card over the summer. 1) The number of home games I wouldn’t get to because of other commitments. 2) The painful walk to the ground and back to the car owing to my arthritic knees. 3) The fact that after my […]

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Grayson’s uphill struggle to mould a viable Sunderland squad

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William Sundin, a media production graduate from Sunderland University (though strongly suspected of being an Ipswich supporter) takes another clinical look at SAFC’s fascinatingly complex fortunes and echoes the thoughts of a certain Sunderland hero that the defeat to Leeds exposed our limitations … Sunderland have enjoyed a reasonably solid start to the Championship campaign […]

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Sixer’s Norwich Soapbox: Players are showing commitment to the club and to the support

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith has finally made it home from seat U2 in the Carrow Road football stadium (hence the reference in the introduction to Saturday’s Sevens).  He probably has just enough time to grab some rest before he heads off to Sheffield. But before he gets his head down here he is with […]

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View from the Avenue: a sunnier Summerside outlook

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Paul Summerside was Mr Doom and Gloom last season – as, in our different ways, were most of the rest of us – and eventually went on strike, boycotting the Stadium of Light in protest at David Moyes still being in charge. After one home draw against broadly similar underachievers, he/we will hardly be proclaiming […]

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After Celtic drubbing, should we bet on promotion or avoidance of relegation?

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Monsieur Salut writes: what were our honest expectations for the coming season on, say, Friday night? And 24 hours later, after SAFC 0-5 Celtic? Did they dip still lower after hearing Darron Gibson’s unwisely expressed assessment of the true level of commitment among the players at Simon Grayson’s disposal? Too many questions. Let’s see how […]

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Sixer’s Bradford Soapbox: Jeremain Lens a consummate artist

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….Pete Sixsmith took another one of his short breaks to visit a new non-league ground, sample a few pints of real ale and wax lyrical over a Sunderland player who most people expect not to be gracing the Championship in the upcoming season. Personally I hope that Simon Grayson can persuade all his squad […]

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Can Simon Grayson’s ruthless streak help Sunderland back to the Premier League?

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At Salut! Sunderland, we do not necessarily long to hear the thoughts of Leeds United supporters. Their lot aren’t especially keen on ours either. But one Leeds fan with more than a little to do with this article about Simon Grayson’s prospects at Sunderland strikes a happy note: ‘most of us consider him a quality […]

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Sixer’s Gigg Lane Gleanings after Sunderland beat Bury

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Pete Sixsmith‘s pre-season training got under way with a visit to Bury, where (Monsieur Salut believes) he saw Sunderland clinch promotion with a 5-2 win under Peter Reid in 1999. The early tweets were hardly encouraging. Two down and lots of moaning from fans who don’t buy the mantra that ‘it’s all about fitness’. Then […]

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Gambles’ Rambles: Hi Ho Silver Lining, the one breaking through the clouds

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A calamitous season was followed by the calculated torpor of close-season inactivity at SAFC. Suddenly, we moved forward a little, the would-be German takeover collapsing and Simon Grayson arriving as manager. Ken Gambles  isn’t getting carried away but sees reason for cautious optimism and offers a proud comparison with the (presumaby pre-Chinese, pre-Russian sponsorship) Bundesliga […]

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Enter Simon Grayson from Preston – plus exclusive transcript of the job interview

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Credit: MattytheWhite at Wikipedia First a club statement on Simon Grayson’s appointment as manager. Read it here or see a summary in the footnote*. And secondly, apologies to Martin Bain, chief executive, and Simon for hacking their phone conversation. In fact, it’s so exclusive that it isn’t true. All imaginary, just a spot of fun […]

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Sixer’s Sevens. Sunderland 1 Cardiff City 2. The worst team ever?

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Pete Sixmsith is back on duty after a midweek break, during which time he put together his thoughts about his visits […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Cardiff City

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The first post-war season saw Cardiff become champions of the Third Division (South) and they continued to climb as we […]

Cardiff City Who are You?: SAFC ‘always seem in Newcastle’s shadow’

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Colin Randall writes: The last time Mike Morris* shared his thoughts with Salut! Sunderland, it was mid-season (2013-14) and he […]

Sixer’s standin’s Soapbox: Everton remain on the Carabao trail as Bernard wins the cup

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There were some plus points. Everton – club and fans – remembered Bradley Lowery with grace and class. I had […]

SAFC vs Cardiff City Guess the Score: who thought this would be a bottom-top clash?

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Monsieur Salut writes: sincere apologies if you tried to come here last night and could see only a message saying […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 3-0 SAFC. A challenge way too far

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixmsith wrote – with his customary command of detail, style and humour – on the delights […]