Sixer’s Sevens v Leicester U21: no fireworks, just lots of damp squibs

John McCormick writes:

Readers still cannot post comments. We are continuing to work on it but everything I have tried and suggested to date has failed.

Some might say that’s pretty much the story at the Stadium of Light, although we did manage a clean sheet in the League last weekend. Malcolm and Pete bore witness to it and Pete provided the match report which graced our pages on Sunday. Does this mean Malcolm will be doing the honours tomorrow? I suspect it does but for now we continue with Mr Sixsmith and his seven word texts, the one in the title sent at half time, when we were winning, and two more sent immediately on the final whistle.

(If you wish to make a post match – or any – comment of your own you can always have your say at Salut! Sunderland’s Facebook group. Click on any of the preceding four words. If you are told that you need to join the group, you can do so easily. Approval is very quick.)

Read moreSixer’s Sevens v Leicester U21: no fireworks, just lots of damp squibs

Sixer’s Grimsby Town Soapbox: never too early to start up the buses for Wembley


Malcolm Dawson writes….I was busy last night with what laughingly passes for the only work I do since retirement. Laughingly, because for 12 or so weeks of the year I get paid for what I might well be doing for nothing during the other 40. However, because I am getting paid and on a kind of contract, that has to take priority, so not only was I unable to attend last night’s fixture, I found it difficult to even follow the game on the interweb. When first I looked it was 0-0 with 42 minutes on the clock. Next glimpse showed us to be losing 1-0, then it was 2-2 and by the time I knew that we hadn’t needed to look for a bonus point via a penalty shoot out, Sixer’s Sevens was already posted and I expect that Pete himself had got past Houghton Cut.

I should make the next home tie, but Pete Sixsmith was there last night on another day of upheaval at the Stadium and Academy of Light. Let’s find out what he made of yesterday’s events.

Read moreSixer’s Grimsby Town Soapbox: never too early to start up the buses for Wembley

Sixer’s Sevens Stoke City U21s: Cats get the bonus in penalty shoot out

Malcolm Dawson writes…..this was a game that rarely got the pulses racing but was decent enough entertainment I thought. I suppose you’d have to say there was a reasonable crowd there but not that many that there was any need to queue for the loos or park miles away from the ground. But there were still a few who felt it necessary to get up and go five minutes before the half time and full time whistles. Perhaps they didn’t know about the extra point penalty shoot out but there were still some who stayed for the first three or four then left before the result was decided!

This is still a competition with a chance of getting to Wembley. I’ll be interested to see how the crowds develop if we were to progress and the chance of a trip to the capital were to become a distinct possibility.

Jack Ross made it clear how he sees this competition and used the game as an opportunity to give some of our summer signings, Flannagan, McGeuch, Wyke and surprisingly and encouragingly Sinclair some match fitness whilst also taking a look at a few of the academy graduates in a match situation. I was there. Pete Sixsmith was there and a match report will follow in due course. For now you have my seven word summary.

Read moreSixer’s Sevens Stoke City U21s: Cats get the bonus in penalty shoot out