Tag Archives: Sunderland A.F.C.

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players used by Simon Grayson as he assessed our chances of mounting a serious challenge for promotion. Sunderland won 2-1, but impressed few of those who have had their say already about what seems to have […]

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All good things come to an end: Sunderland’s relegation is mine too

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

Just before the start of the 2012-2013 season, Dom Raynor, then editor of ESPN FC, invited me to contribute regular articles on Sunderland to the club-by-club section of the site. These days, I am so used to being asked to work for nothing that I was surprised to discover they proposed to pay for these […]

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‘With Rob Mason’s diligence, SAFC would be preparing for Barca not Burton’

Pete Sixsmith: reflects on the comic opera that is SAFC

Monsieur Salut writes: I have offered the view of Sunderland AFC as I understand it at this link. Here is Pete Sixmsith with a wonderful tribute to Rob Mason, reluctantly departing editor of the award-winning SAFC matchday programme … One of the consequences of relegation is that there are changes behind the scenes. Players move […]

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A daughter asks: what is Jordan Pickford worth, should Liverpool buy him?

Nathalie, left, and team-mates in women's football. They get exasperated watching us play

We all know Monsieur Salut’s football-playing younger daughter Nathalie is not a Sunderland fan. OK, she quite likes us, maybe we’re her second team. She’s been dragged to see us a few times in her life. But her allegiance is Liverpool mainly because as a kid, she fancied John Barnes. So, what now for Jordan […]

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Sixer’s West Ham Soapbox: too late for positives

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Malcolm Dawson writes………..if you believe the official figures, there were over 40,000 world weary souls at the Stadium of Light yesterday but that statistic includes all season card holders and by the number of pink seats visible, a good number of those had opted for another way of spending their Saturday. Pete Sixsmith wasn’t one […]

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‘All my fault’: the man behind a golden milestone for Sunderland supporters

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Monsieur Salut writes: the London and SEbranch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association has just reached 50 years of age. In common with many who leave Sunderland-supporting parts of the North East to ply their trades in and around the Smoke, I eventually got round to joining the branch after seeing numerous mentions in the matchday […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0-0 Burnley. Unimaginative and wasteful

Monsieur Salut writes: another wasted chance to keep in touch with anything remotely resembling safety. First half was abysmal, Burnley poor but often threatening whereas Sunderland were just poor. Very poor. Second half? Four or five excellent chances to score so it was undoubtedly better, but still so far short of being good enough. On […]

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Hail Jermain Defoe, Sunderland and – once more – England

Jermain: to be remembered fondly

Among the things it seemed impossible to believe, Jermain Defoe’s England recall was up there with “of course the pound will recover from Brexit” and “Sunderland won’t go down”. Monsieur Salut can live, just, with the former being a somewhat improbable development – while allowing himself a mischievous chuckle at what’s it’s done to Magaluf […]

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SAFC vs Burnley ‘Who are You?’: Dyche, Barton, Bob Lord and us

Jake: 'check out this season's previous Who are You? interviews at <a href="http://salutsunderland.com/category/who-are-you/">http://salutsunderland.com/category/who-are-you/</a>

Colin Randall wites: What a fabulous set of answers, from a proper supporter of a proper football club, brought to us by Pete Sixsmith, who met him on holiday in Italy and tried to lead him astray (ie by persuading him along to some some Under 23s reserve game Sixer had spotted in the local […]

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SAFC v Manchester City prize Guess the Score: winning helps Bradley Lowery’s fight

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The only thought that came to mind after the defeat at Everton was “that sinking feeling”. And so the phrase appeared in my headline for Sixer’s Sevens, Pete Sixsmith’s traditional seven-word verdict. Despite – maybe because of – having supported Sunderland since the days of Charlie Hurley and Brian Clough, I cannot now approach any […]

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Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]

On Sunderland beating Hartlepool 2-1 and Mannone ‘heading for Reading’

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This is not really Sixer’s Sevens, much as it relies on Pete Sixsmith’s reflections from Victoria Park, where Sunderland’s pre-season […]

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

... through the Championship, we're on our way?

At Salut! Sunderland, we do not necessarily long to hear the thoughts of Leeds United supporters. Their lot aren’t especially […]

Birmingham, Wolves, Brentford, Forest, Cardiff, Preston, QPR and Ipswich go missing from our poll

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I have to say I’m a bit surprised by the poll results to date. ‘Boro being top is reasonable. They […]