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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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Soapbox on beating Aston Villa: Dunne and dusted

It was nerve-testing, but three points took us into hallowed Peter Reid territory (seventh top or, as one wag put it, two wins off second place, two defeats off second bottom). Pete Sixsmith reflects on our victory – and joins heaven knows how many other headline writers in coming up with the Dunne & dusted […]

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Soapbox in Blackburn: hoofing Big Sam and the timid Brucester

There was, of course, one thing much worse than staying in and watching Blackburn v Sunderland on the box: going to Ewood Park to see it. Pete Sixsmith presented apologies for absence from a meeting at work to make the transPennines journey on a wet, miserable night and is grateful he can at least look […]

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Soapbox: a changing Premier amid the Liverpool/Man Utd shambles

Change, says Pete Sixsmith with what he terms “apologies to the late, great Sam Cooke”, is gonna come. Dylan had similar thoughts (“Come gather round people …”). Pete’s belief is that the obscene spectacle of Liverpool FC’s disintegration, and the unsavoury air over Old Trafford, may be symptoms of a malaise that will lead to […]

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Sixer’s Wimbledon Soapbox: mama told me there’d be days like this

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….for the owners of a EFL football club hoping to persuade a consortium of hyper rich American businessmen […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland keep the momentum going against AFC Wimbledon

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John McCormick writes: yesterday Pete Sixsmith’s piece raised plenty of questions about ownership and investment. Underlying them was the question […]

The Great Sunderland Buy-in: Pete Sixsmith’s view

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Somewhere in the archives, under the “Who are You” byline, is a comment by a Man United fan. It’s to […]

Sunderland vs AFC Wimbledon. An invitation to Dons fans whether or not they remember the Crazy Gang

Jake: 'any win does the job but a thumping victory would do wonders for morale'

The early progress of the new-look Who are You? series, in which Salut! Sunderland simply posts the questions here and […]

Sunderland vs Wimbledon. Can we win this one in style?

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If you followed the game one way or the other, or saw Pete Sixsmith’s splendid match report here, you’ll know […]

Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: pints and points on the wet side of the Pennines

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..make no mistake. This was no walk in the park and Rochdale made us work hard for the […]

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