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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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McCormick’s Craic: where was England’s flair?

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'

Spain stutters through to the final, France ponders the rights and wrongs of stripping surly players of their bonuses and, once again, the national side leaves a major competition, outplayed and outclassed. John McCormick, on furlough in Westmorland, reflects upon the words of his wife and asks “where’s the flair?”… (more…)

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Hutch’s one-word ratings after Aston Villa defeat: who was drab, who was ‘crablike’?

Jake: 'is it to be Coleman delivers?'

Monsieur Salut writes: had I been able to make it – up for me, from London – for Chris Coleman’s […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 2-1 SAFC. Coleman sees measure of his task

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Pete Sixsmith saw Chris Coleman’s managership start in painfully familiar fashion, yet another bright start undone by yet another piece […]

Coleman’s challenge: turning football’s laughing stock into reasons to be cheerful

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Beyond blind faith, a commodity in large if diminishing supply among Sunderland supporters, perhaps the main source of hope for […]

Aston Villa vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: will Coleman deliver?

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Will Sunderland return to the tradition of the post-match manager’s e-mail under Chris Coleman? If so, will his first be […]

Aston Villa vs Sunderland Who are You?: Bruce’s winning feeling – and baffling tactics

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  Josh Henwood* was an Aston Villa ‘Who are You?’ interviewee more than seven years ago. Our clubs have fallen […]

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 […]