Tag Archives: Sunderland A.F.C.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: (2) Bury

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

For his first contribution to a series he devised in a quiet moment between delivering papers, visiting obscure football grounds and losing weight, Pete Sixsmith very nearly won the Freedom of Derby, so contented were the Rams fans who strayed here long enough to see it. Second instalment: back where we won 5-2 to clinch […]

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Beauty or beast: prize Guess the Score as Grayson’s ‘different animal’ faces Derby County

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

A new season beckons and we’re raring to go, full of optimism and excitement, our confidence nourished by the knowledge that Sunderland AFC are in the safest of hands. No pre-season calamities, no breaking of ranks or signs of dressing room dissent, no one facing disciplinary action before the league programme even starts. And everything […]

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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 then (as in not so long ago)

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

Wear Down South for the 2014 Leage Cup final. Image: Rob Hutchison

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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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 […]

Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?

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Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland […]

Carlisle Who are You? ‘when Shankly said ours was football’s greatest achievement’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Colin Randall writes: our Carlisle United interviewee Mike Booth, a moderator at the Carlisle fans’ forum thecumbrians.net, says most people […]

Carlisle United vs SAFC Guess the Score: a winning bounceback after Leeds?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut confesses: thank heavens no one went for Sunderland 0-2 Leeds. There are quite enough people who could tell […]

Sixer’s Leeds United Soapbox: ‘finish above this lot and SAFC go up’

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Pete Sixsmith had almost forgotten what it was like to have to churn out, week after week, doom-laden masterpieces combining […]