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Ten games in: Man City, Arsenal visited but Man Utd and Chelsea to come

Now this is not John McCormick at his most upbeat – not, at any rate, at the start of his review of the season so far. He’s been comparing and contrasting statistics again and what he comes up with would scare the living daylights out of most Sunderland supporters – if he hadn’t also identified […]

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Barred from losing a SAFC-Newcastle derby? Ask the Bard

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Image: tonynetone (who had to doorstep William – or is it John McCormick? – for days to get this shot) Out of the Henrys who have ruled England, Henry II would have been of more interest to Stéphane Sessegnon, assuming our Sess shares Lorik Cana’s hunger for cultural and historical knowledge – Henry was born […]

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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

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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’

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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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Gillingham vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: can the Lads keep it going?

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Time once again to guess the score. Fourth top and unbeaten in League One, albeit after just three games, Sunderland […]

Gillingham Who are You?: the Nyron Nosworthy Appreciation Society

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Monsieur Salut writes: games come thick and fast in League One. We’ve hardly had time to celebrate the emphatic home […]

The North Eastern Programme Club: (2) class acts for George Honeyman to follow

Monsieur Salut writes: long ago, Pete Sixsmith and I were the owners of a would-be business empire we called the North […]

Sixer’s Scunthorpe Soapbox: Iron can’t cope with the hard press

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..two weeks ago we celebrated the first win of the Donald/Methvyn/Jack Ross era in a way that was […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Scunthorpe United ironed out in the first 45

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I can’t remember the last time I put in a (3)-(0) to signify the half time scoreline when setting up […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Scunthorpe United

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John McCormick writes: Scunthorpe itself probably predates the Norman Conquest as the suffix “Thorpe” in a place name indicates a […]