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Danny Welbeck: the difference Darren’s hamstring made (updated)

Image:Addick-tedKevin   Even before his two-goal exploits against Everton last night – and how frustrating that he couldn’t quite make it three and secure the win – Danny Welbeck was transforming himself from underperforming, out-of-position passenger into exciting, goalhungry potential matchwinner. Scott the Red, our pal at the Republik of Mancunia site*, had asked a […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Everton (h)

This is the slot where Salut! Sunderland‘s inimitable chronicler and sage casts his instant judgement on every SAFC match – well nearly every one – from the moral high ground of having been there. Agree or disagree with his seven-word verdict as you will, but they come from the heart of a first-rate analyst of […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Tottenham Hotspur (a)

This is the slot where Salut! Sunderland‘s inimitable chronicler and sage casts his instant judgement on every SAFC match – well nearly every one – from the moral high ground of having been there. Agree or disagree with his seven-word verdict as you will, but they come from the heart of a first-rate analyst of […]

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Soapbox: sorry, Stoke – for once we carried the luck

Pete Sixsmith emerges from a rotten post-derby week to watch our uneasy passage back to winning ways. Before treating the upcoming two games – which would have involved unappealing trips to London – as reason enough for a half-term holiday from his Soapbox, Pete looks back on the good, the bad and the ugly of […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City (h)

For fuller reports on the Stoke City game – including strong words on the most controversial incident – start by clicking here This is the slot where Salut! Sunderland‘s inimitable chronicler and sage casts his instant judgement on every SAFC match – well nearly every one – from the moral high ground of having been […]

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Danny Welbeck: good player, unsuitable role

A Stoke City fan’s view here yesterday that Danny Welbeck would be a welcome recruit at the Britannia brought wry grins to the faces of one or two Mackems who responded along the lines of “take him, please”. Is that unfair? Has Welbeck actually been used in a way that would allow him to express […]

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The Newcastle Soapbox: demolition derby diminishes Bruce

Long years, decades even, of disappointment and underachievement have made most Sunderland fans realists. Painful as it may be to face up to this, we were outclassed on the day by a Newcastle United team that deserved its massive win as much as we deserved (again, we hope, on the day) to have our quality […]

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Newcastle United away – at Roker Park

One day to go. Pete Sixsmith cannot wait for it to be over if truth be told. Here, he climbs back on to his Soapbox to recall a bizarre derby day from the past … Probably the most surreal derby experience I had was in our final season at Roker Park in 1997. We had […]

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Soapbox: suffering in the rain at St James’ Park

Sunderland fans remember the 2-1 victory in torrential rain at Newcastle United in 1999. Pete Sixsmith’s memory goes back further to another wet occasion at St James’ Park, without the uplifting consolation of a win … Half term and a couple of days in Lincolnshire, watching the delights of Louth Town v Shirebrook Town (8-0) […]

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Soapbox: admiring FC United of Manchester, recalling our past glories

The latest chapter of Pete Sixsmith’s own version of Notes from a Small Island takes him to Gigg Lane, a ground where Sunderland have enjoyed happy times, but for an FA Cup tie featuring neither SAFC nor Bury … There are certain grounds in the pantheon of Sunderland’s success that you just look back at […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox. Bolton Wanderers 1, Sunderland 1. Why am I not surprised?

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John McCormick writes: Two seasons ago I was at Bolton to witness a torrid game, where we could not neither […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Bolton Wanderers and grand larceny of the highest order

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Malcolm Dawson writes: However you look at it, this was a poor day in Lancashire. Gary Bennett was not happy. […]

Benefactors or men with a motive as a takeover looms?

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….I am due to fly to Venice soon but my flights are booked with Ryanair, whose pilots have […]

Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland. Wanted: another winning trip across the Pennines

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Just for fun, we have taken to saying about our regular slot inviting readers to predict Sunderland scorelines, says Monsieur […]

Should’ve, Could’ve, Might’ve: Sunderland v Rotherham from sublime to ridiculous

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..others I know will not share my opinions, but as I’ve got older I believe I have developed […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rotherham earn a point as Sunderland miss a penalty.

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It was almost half-time when I realised Pete Sixsmith had not checked in from the Stadium of Light. That’s almost […]

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