Sixer Says: a warm welcome to Adam Matthews, stepping up from Celtic

Pete Sixsmith: in welcoming mood
Pete Sixsmith: in welcoming mood

Rest assured, stray Celtic fans, the headline is meant tongue in cheek. In fact, you can come here and tell us what sort of player Adam Matthews really is. There is no doubt that Big Dick is more comfortable working alongside a Director of Football than his immediate predecessors and we can be sure that Lee Congerton is working his socks off looking to bring in new faces whilst offloading those deemed surplus to requirements. Probably best to ignore paper talk otherwise we would already have signed Sam Byram or Carl Jenkinson to fill the problematical full back slot. The signing of Adam Matthews has not only saved the club a load of dosh but also kept our loan options open. Pete Sixsmith extends hearty Salut! Sunderland greetings to the Welshman…


A warm welcome to our first “new” signing of the summer, Adam Matthews.

His Wiki details tell us that he;

* was born in Swansea, that “ugly, lovely town” of Dylan Thomas although Lonely Planet described it as “an ashtray of a place.” They won’t be selling many copies on the banks of the Tawe.

* was a rugby player at school (Union, alas, not the proper game) and almost signed for the Ospreys, the team that trample around the Liberty Stadium when the Swans are away. Do they have an avian fixation in Abertawe?

* is 1m 78cms in new money, which we oldies translate to 5’10”, the same height as Bobby Mitchell (1 game in 1973), Marco Gabbiadini (a few more between 1987 and 1991) and one of his predecessors at right back, Darius Kubicki, who made 124 consecutive appearances before Peter Reid mysteriously dropped him for Gareth Hall at Derby in September 1996.

* was born on 13th. January 1992, a few days after we walloped Millwall 6-2 (Hardyman, Byrne, Goodman (3) and Davenport) and a few days before Byrne and Goodman combined to give us a splendid 2-1 win at Derby in what was the best League performance we turned in under Malcolm Crosby.

* was originally at Swansea but left and was then picked up by Cardiff City. He made his debut for The Bluebirds at Blackpool on the 15th August 2009, so he would have heard the Roker Roar as we put Bolton Wanderers to the sword on that day, thanks to a goal from Darren B£nt and sterling performances from Lee Cattermole, Lorik Cana and Steve (“They can never forgive my Geordie roots”) Bruce.

* moved to Celtic when his contract ran out and made his green and white debut at Aberdeen on August 7th 2011, the day we played a turgid (familiar word on this site) 0-0 draw at Easter Road against the Hibees.

* scored his first goal for Celtic against Arbroath at Gayfield. Had he put it over the bar, no doubt the ball would still be floating down the North Sea to Roker and Seaburn. If you thought Roker Park and Blundell Park are close to the sea, pay a visit to the Red Lichties.

(See it here on youtube)

* has 12 caps for Wales and was on the bench for the epoch making victory over Belgium last month. He could be on his way to France next summer. He joins such famous names as L R Roose, Trevor Ford and, er, Carl Robinson as an SAFC Welsh internationals.

He has a reputation for getting forward and appears to be the type of full back that Dick Advocaat likes. Reveillere was a good defender, but, that superb cross against Burnley apart, not great in advanced positions.

We have paid £2m for a young player who has had extensive European experience with Celtic, is a member of a successful international side and who is obviously very keen to progress his career in England. He was probably equally keen to avoid being exposed to Partick Thistle’s new mascot when Celtic turned up at Firhill!!! (If you haven’t seen it follow this link – Ed)

Welcome to Sunderland, Adam, and we hope that your stay here is a long and successful one. We shall run a critical eye over him at Heritage Park on Thursday night.


Soapbox: forget Leicester – Annan’s the place for me


How can we put this, in a way that doesn’t offend Leicester and fans of Leicester City? Er, we can’t. This was one pre-season friendly to be avoided, at least by Pete Sixsmith. Pete saw it as an occasion to head in the opposite direction. But then, he’s never relied on a strong aversion to one place to encourage him to visit another, especially when there’s some Annan Athletic and Partick Thistle to savour …

See also: another dig at Leicester (FC, not the fans)

Didn’t bother with Leicester . It’s not a place I like. Joe Orton couldn’t get out of it quickly enough and I don’t blame him. Never liked Filbert Street, don’t like the Walkers Bowl or whatever it’s called, don’t like the fans and don’t like that bloody stupid Post Horn Gallop they play before each home game.

I once spent a thoroughly miserable week in Leicester c.1970 on a college field trip. The year before, the trip had gone to Scotland and there had been a number of “incidents” involving McEwans 80/- and a party of females from another educational institution.

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