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Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland flatter to deceive as Chelsea stroll to 3-1 win

A three all draw is always more satisfying when your team has recovered from three nil down than when it has thrown away a three goal lead. So it has been with the defeats against West Brom, Norwich and now Chelsea. The team’s performances in the latter stages of those games can be seen as […]

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O’Neill One Year On: (5) remember, remember the 4th of December (walloping Chelsea)

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In the final part of Salut! Sunderland‘s mini series looking back at Martin O’Neill’s first year at the Stadium of Light (read the first four via the home page) Pete Sixsmith recalls Decembers of the past, one when the Lads put in a performance to remember, helped in no small part by an unsung Frenchman, […]

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O’Neill One Year On: (4) keep the faith – things will pick up

Jake: 'why not, with so many players with SAFC connections in Russia?'

For our penultimate look back at Martin O’Neill’s first year in charge (Pete Sixsmith‘s view will appear later today) we are pleased to welcome another contributor making his Salut! Sunderland debut. Richard Purdham is a 22 year old from Durham who after experiencing the thrills of the post Steve Bruce turnaround admits to a feeling […]

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O’Neill One Year On: (3) trivial pursuit or action man this Christmas?

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In the third of our series looking back at Martin O’Neill’s first term in office, (visit the home page to see the first two) we welcome a new contributor, Gareth Barker who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past and of Christmas yet to come. Pete Sixsmith will, in his own inimitable style, […]

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O’Neill One Year On: (2) will his first anniversary also be his last?

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In the second of Salut! Sunderland‘s look back at Martin O’Neill’s first year in charge – visit the home page to see the first – Jeremy Robson wonders whether our manager will still be at the helm 12 months from now. He has his doubts… (more…)

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O’Neill One Year On: (1) should he stay or should he go?

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Martin O’Neill has been in charge for twelve months now and Salut! Sunderland contributors have their own thoughts on the success or otherwise of the Ulsterman’s time at the helm. Malcolm Dawson looks at what is going wrong, argues that a rethink is necessary and weighs up the O’Neill In/Out arguments … (more…)

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland tilting at windmills in Norwich defeat

Peter Sixsmith stuck in the wilds of snowy Shildon, delves into his bumper book of footballing phrases to sum up Sunday’s game in the flatlands of East Anglia. Whilst this one didn’t have Delia ranting and raving like some inebriated old harpy on the pitch at the break, she was seen in close up on […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland are the new QPR – quite poor really!

Peter Sixsmith has been watching Sunderland since the days of Cec Irwin and Ambrose Fogarty. In that time he has witnessed some dross and he now adds Tuesday’s visit of the Premier League’s bottom side to that collection. Much of the pre match speculation was about the effect Harry Redknapp would have on the game […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: costly errors as West Brom boing boing back to the Black Country

Malcolm Dawson writes….: There are times when I question the logic of spending good money going to football. Yes there are times when the team puts in a performance that lifts the heart, when a close game or a dramatic fightback creates a tension that gets the pulse racing, when a back to the wall […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: more Merseyside blues as Fellaini fuels Everton fightback

There is nothing Pete Sixsmith likes more than a pub crawl, utilising what’s left of our rail network where possible, some craic with knowledgeable football fans and being present at a Sunderland victory. Well as Michael Lee Aday once said, ‘two out of three ain’t bad’ and Sixer sees the green shoots of optimism peeping […]

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The end of an era. Salut! Sunderland’s journey will soon be over

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View from the West Stand:did the tide turn as the Seasiders came to Wearside?

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Who’d have thought not long ago that we would be feeling happy with another one all draw? It may not […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Blackpool prove a rock too hard to crack for 10-man SAFC


Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith was doubtless relieved to be on Santa duty and not at the Stadium of Light […]

Salut Sunderland’s 13 years, 13 managers (4) Martin O’Neill and hopes unfulfilled

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John McCormick writes: Jer posted this comment in response to Colin’s piece on Charlie Methven’s resignation as a director: ‘Stopped […]

The Chapman Report from Gillingham: We just can’t carry on like this!

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John McCormick writes: when the fixtures came out this one was on my list, though as things turned out I […]

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