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View from the West Stand: Willis and Maguire leave Portsmouth pointless

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..In a week in which a young bride excitedly looking forward to her honeymoon, wakes to find she is a widow and a family man is stabbed to death with a screwdriver in a busy shopping centre, apparently trying to stop an altercation, I find it difficult to put any real significance on […]

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View from the West Stand: deja vu from Sunderland and Oxford

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SAFC 1 – OXFORD UNITED 1 With Pete Sixsmith doing other things today, it’s me who has drawn the short straw to bring you my take on yesterday’s events. Thanks Pete! You’d think after all this time that I’d give up expecting a dynamic start to Sunderland’s season. OK – last season’s opener against Charlton […]

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View from the East Stand of Heritage Park: Bishop Auckland 0 SAFC U23s 4

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Sunderland U23s completed their pre-season with a convincing 4-0 win over Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park last night. I spotted Pete Sixsmith in the crowd, but not until after I had nodded a hello to his doppelganger sat in the row in front of me, then wondered why he had not acknowledged my greeting. Perhaps […]

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View from the East Stand: little to be gleaned from Heerenveen defeat

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SUNDERLAND 0 HEERENVEEN 1 I went along to this game not sure as to what I was expecting from the match. I don’t put too much store in pre-season friendlies but it’s an opportunity to look at our new signings and perhaps gain some insight into how the team will set up for the first […]

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View from the West Stand: Maja, McGeouch and a back three? Things to ponder

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In contrast to some other websites and social media platforms, contributors to Salut! Sunderland, whether in the main body of text or in the comments sections, tend to make reasoned arguments and are prepared to respect the opinions of others and discuss issues, rather than indulge in polemics. The season has come to a disappointing […]

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Sixer’s Sub’s Doncaster Rovers Soapbox: it’s a good Friday on Wearside

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The games are coming thick and fast as we get to the fag end and business end of the season. Pete Sixsmith and Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson are sharing match reporting duties and Pete will be back for his take on the Peterborough and Portsmouth clashes, but today it is Malcolm who brings us his […]

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View from the NW Corner: Why Checkatrade defeat was a victory for me!

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….this was a competition that hardly anyone cared about six months ago and on Sunday no more than 9,655 of the 85,021 in attendance could have witnessed Sunderland and Portsmouth’s first foray into the 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy. That figure includes the 69 Gillingham fans who made the trip along the south coast last […]

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SAFC v Portsmouth: Ticketing issues, issuing tickets.

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..in my introduction to Sixer’s Soapbox, where Pete Sixsmith reported on our victory over Carlisle United the morning after the first game of this season’s Checkatrade trophy, I wrote… ”I am otherwise engaged in the wilds of West Lancashire this week, or I would have made it last night to bulk up the […]

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Egrets, I’ve had a few as the Lads go marching on at Bristol

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View From the North West Corner (or in this case behind a very wet goalmouth at Bristol Rovers) It is 290 miles from my home to the Travelodge in Weston Super Mare where I’d based myself for the Checkatrade semi final against the blue and white Pirates of Bristol. The drive down on Monday was […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Sunderland return to winning ways against Gillingham

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There are a lot more games in the lower divisions than in the Premier League, and even more with our success so far in the Checkatrade Trophy, keeping Pete Sixsmith busy not only with his unique match reports, but also his reminiscences relating to previous encounters with our forthcoming opponents, so once again Malcolm Dawson […]

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Sunderland vs Rotherham United. A big game, make it a big result for SAFC

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A good result at Accrington Stanley propelled Sunderland back into the top six. Isn’t the mark of a successful side […]

Salut Sunderland Accrington Stanley Match Report

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News Now does not appear to be picking up many of our recent posts, including Peter Sixsmith’s latest report from […]

Sixer’s Accrington Stanley Soapbox:Wham! Bam! Thank you Stan!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……what a contrast between yesterday and my previous visit to The Wham Stadium. Less than twelve months ago […]

Sixer’s Accrington Sevens: when the result matters and the team delivers it’s a good day, despite…

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Pete Sixsmith gives us value for money on yet another trip across the Pennines. He sent a pre-match text telling […]

The Brexit Debate. Today: the not so good Europeans of Sunderland AFC

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..with the seemingly never ending issue of Brexit, the prorogation of Parliament and the confusing and contradictory outpourings […]

The Brexit issue: The good and not so good Europeans of Sunderland AFC

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I was 19 when I was first able to vote in a General Election. Sunderland were the holders […]

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