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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Sixer recalls when Walsall rode into Roker

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Malcolm Dawson writes….this Saturday will be the fourth time I will have seen our visitors this season and I still haven’t seen us win. I can’t think that Luton and more importantly Barnsley will win all their remaining games so it is vital that we don’t drop any more points this weekend. Can Donny do […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Barnsley’s Oakwell

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Pete Sixsmith was adamant. There simply wasn’t time for a new First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground on Barnsley, not least because we were also in the same division last season and he wrote a perfectly good instalment of the series then. At the time John McCormick introduced Sixer’s piece with a historical note, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Wycombe Wanderers and Adams Park

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  John McCormick writes: Before Pete Sixsmith sent his material I spent some time perusing Youtube for clips of Wycombe Wanderers. None I found were really suitable for inclusion. After it arrived I looked for the 2005 game against West Ham. Again, no luck. Eventually I found a clip to enhance another fine piece of […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Plymouth Argyle

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There are some famous names on display today as Pete Sixsmith takes us on another of his legendary rambles. If I had to choose one of these players it would be Micky Horswill. I loved the way he lurked outside the box  to pick up and ping in loose balls, not to mention his no-nonsense, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bristol Rovers and the Memorial Stadium

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John McCormick writes: this one was pencilled in when the fixtures came out but by Christmas I knew it would be a non-starter. A pity, as a weekend in Somerset with a quick trip across the border would have made for a brilliant weekend at this time of year.  I reckon I’ll just have to […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Sixer on Gillingham.

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I reckon I have seen Sunderland play Gillingham on four occasions. I must have seen them at home in 2004 and 2005 as I had a season ticket, but I don’t recall much of those games. The first time I went to the Priestfield was in September 2004, when we coasted to a […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team – Accrington Stanley

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….the games are coming thick and fast and thanks to the TV we have three home floodlit games in eight days. This is keeping Pete Sixsmith busy as he trawls his memory banks recalling his first ever sighting of the next visitors to the Stadium of Light. Friday will be the third time […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1-1 Blackpool. Drawing conclusions

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Pete Sixsmith was there to witness the first of three successive home games that could – like it or not – define our season. The first proved a disappointment, yet another draw. And this time we had to come from behind even for that. Monsieur Salut’s headline suggests the obvious question pending our fuller analysis […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Blackpool at Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: in this edition of his marvellous twin series describing first encounters with Sunderland opponents and – if an away game – their grounds, Pete Sixsmith offers illuminating thoughts and memories on Tuesday night’s visitors from Blackpool. Interestingly, he remembers the same occasion in the 1970s described by our Seasiders’ Who are You? […]

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Sixer’s Oxford United Soapbox: déjà vu as a Sunderland speciality

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The Observer, Britain’s finest newspaper (remember those handy objects?) is awash with Sunderland today. There’s an excellent sports section piece on the Netflix series Sunderland ‘Til I Die, focusing perceptively on Jonny Williams and Jack Rodwell. And there’s an interesting but incomplete feature by the author Anthony Clavane on the threat Brexit poses to Wearside, […]

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Do they mean us? A Wall Street look at Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: it is a pleasure to come across a New York take on Sunderland that doesn’t just gasp […]

A Wembley a Day: the one where the Wearsiders vanquished the mighty Leeds

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A WEMBLEY A DAY If you were born on May 6 1973 or on any day since then, you will […]

A Wembley a Day: long before Portsmouth came Huddersfield and Wakefield Trinity

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A WEMBLEY A  DAY Regular visitors to Salut! Sunderland will know that our star contributor, the tireless Pete Sixsmith, has […]

Countdown to Wembley: Sunderland cup finals started with Aston Villa

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Monsieur Salut writes: tomorrow, one week before Sunderland meet Portsmouth in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy final, Pete Sixsmith opens a […]

Coventry hanging on to Doncaster and Charlton as Portsmouth chase Barnsley, Sunderland and Luton.

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Another international break brings an opportunity to revisit the six clubs our readers* and the Coventry ninjas**  chose way back […]

Another one from the archives: Ken Gambles and some childhood heroes

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John McCormick writes: With a traveller like Pete Sixsmith on our books we’re always going to be able to tell […]

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