The Newcastle-Sunderland Soapbox: high times, low life

Jake finds the word. And a smile for SIxer
Jake finds the word. And a smile for Sixer

The scoreline bears repeating over and again: Newcastle United 0 Sunderland 3. It was a wonderful team performance and it seems beyond belief that Alan Pardew should place such store by the wrongly disallowed Newcastle goal when Howard Webb had spared his side two, perhaps three first-half penalties, the likelihood of an early Sess goal and a sending off. It also seems beyond belief that in 2013, humanity can still find enough zero-intelligence specimens to beat up a city centre, their own city centre at that though it wouldn’t actually make it seem more civilised had their spite been vented somewhere else, because a football game has been emphatically lost. Pete Sixsmith offers the right mixture of high praise and schoolmasterly scorn …

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West Ham Soapbox: Vaughan excels against feeble opposition – Nolan, chickens and all

Jake glimpses a Sixer smile
Jake glimpses a Sixer smile

Pete Sixsmith has not been the world’s most cheerful chappie this season. He was in decidedly happier fettle after yesterday’s sweet demolition job, finding warm words of praise for the entire Sunderland team, spirited and dominant as they were, and for the fans’ equally spirited mockery of the ineffectual pantomime villain, Kevin Nolan. He even offers sporting applause to the sizeable away support who must have been appalled by what they saw but kept up decent encouragement of their players throughout …

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Salut!’s Week: Newcastle build-up, SAFC’s international parade and Jake’s genius

Jake (hoping for no red kryptonite tomorrow)

On Facebook yesterday, I wrote: “Forget the hysteria of Leveson and the Scotland Yard ‘burglars/muggers/killers’ delight’ investigation of reporters having pints or lunch with coppers. The Tyne-Wear derby, Newcastle v Sunderland, is on Sunday at noon. Elegant, witty, informative and impeccably fair tribalism is to be found at https://safc.blog/

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Fraizer, England and fatherhood; Larsson, Sweden and goals; McClean, Ireland and romance

Jake captures the capped dad

SO it was quite a proud night all round for Sunderland players on international duty, and 79 was a magic number.

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All looking good as Blackpool’s David Vaughan officially signed

“I’m over the moon,” says our own Jeremy Robson, greeting news at the Blackcats list that David Vaughan’s transfer to Sunderland is official. “(Charlie) Adam got most of the attention for Blackpool last year but DV was outstanding.”

And now he’s one of ours. Ellis Short cannot even complain that Steve Bruce is spending too much of his money since this one is free, Vaughan being out of contract at Blackpool.

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