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McCormick’s Craic: SAFC, Man City, Southport, Liverpool et al alienating the grass roots?

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The decision by our club to send a threatening letter to The Fort has drawn widespread criticism from a huge majority of supporters, writes Malcolm Dawson. It seems ludicrous to us that employees of the club can’t distinguish between fans displaying their loyalty for the team they love and commercial enterprises trying to rip off […]

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McCormick’s Craic: forward with football’s past

Jake brightens up the site again

John McCormick takes another entertaining look at football history, relatively recent on this occasion as he compares the evidence of reruns of games from the early 1980s with what we see these days. The headline seemed right but is adapted from an old Battlefield Band album title and slogan (Forward to Scotland’s Past), also dating […]

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Hillsborough and a Sunderland view from Liverpool: no ‘sense of jubilation’

Jake brightens up the site again

John McCormick, the third Sunderland supporter to collect his thoughts and write on these pages about the agonisingly late recognition of Hillsborough truths, has a special reason to care enough to say what he thinks. Liverpool his adopted city, his children’s birthplace and the place from which friends and colleagues set off that day in […]

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McCormick’s Craic: football – the early days and answers to the questions

Last month John McCormick delved into the history of Sunderland Albion and the early days of professional football. He left us with a host of questions to which he now provides his in depth answers, as well as expanding upon the theme. Read the original article here: http://salutsunderland.com/2012/08/mccormicks-craic-albion-blackburn-newton-heath-and-preston-working-class-roots-of-football/ (more…)

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McCormick’s Craic: Martin O’Neill, transfers and the wacky world of Soccernomics

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John McCormick has been giving a lot of thought to Martin O’Neill’s dealings in the transfer market and the part a study of football economics, with a title and at least one turn of phrase to make you wince, may have played in guiding his hand … (more…)

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McCormick’s Craic: Albion, Blackburn, Newton Heath and Preston – working class roots of football

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Debate around why certain people choose to support certain clubs, why some have no choice and the class divide centring on the early days of the beautiful game got John McCormick delving into the history of Sunderland’s other club … (more…)

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McCormick’s Craic: where old footballers – and their boots – go

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No, that isn’t the goal of John McCormick‘s career you see in the above clip, though the one he does remember from his playing days was a cracker, too. Or so he says. But what does life hold once those days come to an end? John explores the business of coming to terms with age’s […]

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McCormick’s Craic: more on lies and statistics – and Everton’s wisely spent £40,000

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John McCormick again raises Salut! Sunderland to levels of erudition George Dixon and Monsier Salut’s other hapless teachers would have thought impossible. But it all boils down to Everton romping past us in the FA cup replay thanks not to one of those Leon Osman ‘fall over own feet and wait for Howard Webb to […]

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McCormick’s Craic: Lies, damn lies and statistics! What can we really learn from crunching numbers?

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Who was it said “There are three kinds of lies. Lies, damn lies and statistics”? We asked one hundred people. 37% said “Benjamin Disraeli,” 55% said “Mark Twain” and 42% said “I don’t give a toss!” Half Man Half Biscuit said “If 8 out of 10 cats do prefer Whiskers do the other two prefer […]

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Real Madrid, Spain’s Civil War and a homage to an improbable hero

McCormick’s Craic has one of its more scholarly moments. Here, inspired by recent musings on football and fascism, John McCormick traces the history of one of the men most closely associated with Real Madrid and finds him commemorated in places you’d expect people with handed-down memories of Franco atrocities to bristle at any mention … […]

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Barnsley vs Sunderland Guess the Score: the need to show we’re a Championship force

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

As Paul Summerside put it here earlier this week, Saturday’s game at Oakwell is a much more important test of […]

Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: At least our name’s in the douli for the next round

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….Pete Sixsmith made the trip across the Pennines to Brunton Park last night and saw us win our […]

A View from the Avenue: Barnsley result crucial after a decent start

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

So after tonight’s win at Carlisle in the Carabao Cup, is Paul Summerside chuffed to bits, mildly encouraged or part […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Carlisle 1-2 Sunderland. Bill Green honoured, our job done

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Beating Carlisle in the league cup, or what is now correctly called the Caraboa Cup (what, you may ask but […]

Grayson’s uphill struggle to mould a viable Sunderland squad

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William Sundin, a media production graduate from Sunderland University (though strongly suspected of being an Ipswich supporter) takes another clinical […]

Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?

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Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role […]