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Sixer’s Chelsea Soapbox: Santa’s delivers his present, a tip-top match report

Jake: 'that'll dee'

Pete Sixsmith is on Father Christmas duty today, up in Weardale where Monsieur Salut once looked out of the window of a Save Our Railway Line special and saw him doing his stuff with the red-and-white-striped Shildon Sunderland Supporters’ FC team. But he delayed his drive up the dale to write this fittingly noble report […]

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Sixer’s Everton Soapbox: beer, goals and fine company from Bo’ness to Sunderland

Jake: 'so what's your theory, Charlie?'

Continuing the theme of comprehensive disagreement about Sunday’s game, Pete Sixmsith praises, then lambasts Lee Mason (see http://www.espnfc.com/club/sunderland/366/blog/post/2138077/opportunities-missedbut-sunderland-will-be-pleased-with-a-point for another view) and acclaims one or two players others have criticised. But first let him regale you with his tale of a nine-goal Scottish thriller … (more…)

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Sixer’s Sofa-bound Soapbox: gritty Sunderland’s luck rides Crystal Palace bluster

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

Pete Sixsmith declined the option of a bleak night out at a poky little ground with abysmal catering in the middle of South London nowhere, preceded by a country-length trek. He watched it at home. The Soapbox fitted neatly onto Pete Horan’s sofa … (more…)

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: ‘my ultimate humiliation’ following Sunderland

Jake: 'hh dear, oh dear oh dear oh dear....'

Colin Randall writes: What more is there to say? Vito Mannone suggests the players should club together and refund the travelling support. Hmmmm. I will just repeat what I have said elsewhere: ‘The day started well. Smooth train journey from Waterloo, pints with friends at a terrific pub opposite the Isle of Wight ferry terminal, […]

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Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: the elephant in the room

Jake: 'gimme a goal'

Of the Salut! Sunderland editing team, one started the day in Spain, one was heading for Kendal (though he had been to Saturday’s goalless draw with Swansea), one is in Spain, one was working out a route to the Presqu’île du Gaou and the other was probably beating his own jogging record in Richmond Park […]

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Sixer’s QPR Soapbox: Sunderland slip up as Cattermole made to tread egg shells

Jake: a diminished Lee means a diminished SAFC

Pete Sixsmith‘s wisest decision on Saturday was his choice of pub, the trick being to beat the ploddish Met Police anti-supporter radar, get a good pint and not still have miles to make up to reach the ground. Notting Hill Gate, the Commissioner will doubtless be surprised and relieved to hear, survived the visit from […]

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Sixer’s West Brom Soapbox: Larsson settles the nerves

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

In half a century of following Sunderland, Pete Sixsmith has seen it all:opening day excitement, hope, nerves, dismay, despair … the list could bump his match report off the site. And he got most of that in one day on his trip to West Brom. Read on … (more…)

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Sixer’s Substitute’s Soapbox: Udinese like a Sunday morning

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Malcolm Dawson writes……Following his most recent visits to the O3 Arena, Peter Sixsmith has developed a liking for watching a team in red and white stripes at St James’ Park, so when the Football League fixtures were announced he got Pardew, his faithful manservant, to organise a suite at the Exeter Travelodge and a ticket […]

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Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: the splendour of England, the torpor of friendly football

The long road. By Jake

Pete Sixsmith ought to have been a professional football writer, as his priceless accounts at Salut! Sunderland demonstrate season after season. He could have had travel writing as a sideline, as this description of a grand day out on the trains of northern England also shows. Mind, he isn’t a bad teacher by all accounts […]

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Sixer’s Swansea Soapbox: out of tune with a disappointing swansong

Pete Sixsmith, whose post-match reports have brightened these pages since time began, shares his thoughts on the match that didn’t really matter -except that we all wanted the Lads to finish on a high, finish 12th and send the fans home not just relieved but happy. Swansea had other ideas and we couldn’t do a […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Middlesbrough FC

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John McCormick writes: I’d really have to think hard about whether or not I’ve seen us play ‘Boro at Roker. […]

Sunderland’s decline under Short ‘more Accrington Stanley than Leeds’

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Monsieur Salut says: when I said Salut! Sunderland had perhaps been too kind to Ellis Short in the past, I […]

Beyond belief: the football club owner who has never spoken to his manager

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

Welcome to the strange world of Ellis Short, reluctant and reclusive football boss. In the past, Salut! Sunderland may have […]

A Daughter Speaks: how Wigan and Rochdale restored the FA Cup’s shine

Footy loving Nathalie is second from the left

Amid all Sunderland’s more pressing problems, it seems almost incidental to reflect on how old you now have to be […]

SAFC vs Middlesbrough Who are You?: ‘Coleman’s great but what a mountain to climb’

We were both in the Premier League when Jake came up with this banner for the game (we lost 2-1) that prompted David Moyes's infamous relegation scrap comments

Monsieur Salut writes: having used up virtually the entire Boro-supporting side of my family (my sister has lived there throughout […]

Post-Bolton thoughts: as Brian Clough said…

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By now you’ll have read Pete Sixsmith’s report from Bolton. I can’t find fault with it and there’s no point in […]