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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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That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing the takeover of Sunderland AFC from the hapless Ellis Short. The EFL seems ready to confirm the change of ownership. Here is the helfpul if limited club statement: Following a meeting with the EFL on […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Aston Villa and Villa Park

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John McCormick writes: I suspected this would be one of the grounds that Pete Sixsmith counts among his favourites. After all, not only  is it old and venerable, like the man himself,  with international matches and semi-finals galore on its cv, it has the Archibald Leitch connection that he relishes. And there’s a bonus for […]

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Nottingham Forest guess the score. Will it be the first win at the SOL this year?

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John McCormick writes: It’s the time of the week that all true Sunderland fans have come to fear. A chance to guess the score in a Sunderland AFC game. What will you do? Be honest and write us off? Or keep the faith and go for a win? What a choice to have to make. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Sheffield United 2. Blades cut us to pieces.

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For the second time in recent games we had more possession than our opponents, yet were  beaten. I said the first time that the defeat had to be a message, for our players, for our manager and, above all, for our owner. They don’t appear to have understood, so Sheffield United obligingly repeated it. If that’s […]

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Sixer’s Barnsley Soapbox. ‘There are interesting times ahead…’

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John McCormick writes: it’s getting near to the point where I’ll be getting to a game or two. My Preston ticket’s already sorted and now we have Everton in that carathingy cup, whatever it’s called. You know, the one where draws take place on another part of the planet, and over a timespan that a […]

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Sixer’s Sevens. Barnsley show us what the Championship’s all about.

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For the first time in ages – especially away – we had more possession than our opponents, yet we were hammered. There has to be a message in that, for our players, for our manager and, above all, for our owner. But it’s still early days yet and perhaps the next week will see changes. […]

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Sixer’s Norwich Soapbox: Players are showing commitment to the club and to the support

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith has finally made it home from seat U2 in the Carrow Road football stadium (hence the reference in the introduction to Saturday’s Sevens).  He probably has just enough time to grab some rest before he heads off to Sheffield. But before he gets his head down here he is with […]

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Sixers Sevens: Norwich have all the possession, we score all the goals

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Pete Sixsmith took his time in getting to Norwich, so we can look forward to an account of his ground-hopping as well as a match report from U2 at Carrow Road, where the seats have no name. (and perhaps Pete will include an explanation of what this means with his report**). For now, though, we’ll have […]

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Birmingham, Wolves, Brentford, Forest, Cardiff, Preston, QPR and Ipswich go missing from our poll

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I have to say I’m a bit surprised by the poll results to date. ‘Boro being top is reasonable. They have proved they are capable of handling the Championship, have money coming and have a decent manager. Sunderland in the top six is understandable. It’s a Sunderland site, and no matter how jaundiced the fans […]

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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 […]

Sixer’s U23s Soapbox: Sunderland Triumph in Washington DC (Durham Challenge Cup) tie

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Malcolm Dawson writes……I was trying to decide whether take the car and go to see our U23s in action in […]

Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland Who are You? .. any Stanley fans up for questions?

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Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland: just as we were enjoying a break from football …

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Yes, it’s back. Proper football, I mean, says Monsieur Salut. Along with plenty of others, if probably still a minority, […]

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