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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Sheffield Wednesday

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John McCormick writes:  I visited the Statcat to check if we played Sheffield Wednesday in 1968 as I had memories of their supporters in the back room of the Cambridge when I was still an underage drinker. I found I could have been out a year in either direction as we were in the same […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Derby County, the Baseball Ground and Pride Park

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John McCormick writes: as I’ve edited and posted the trips Pete has written about for this series I have often wondered if I was there. More rarely, I’ve known I was. But not this time. I don’t think  am certain I’ve (n)ever been to Derby, never mind watched a game of football there. Pete Sixsmith, of […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce it. “Did I see Preston in our promotion year?” I thought to myself. So I got out my trusty promotion year souvenir brochure that my dad bought me (2/6) and had a look. Preston were there, as […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: QPR and Loftus Road

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John McCormick writes: I had to check with the Statcat when this one came up – why did I not see us play at QPR when I lived in London? It transpires they were promoted in 1973. I was busy that year and didn’t notice them going up, just before I moved to London, and […]

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A champion Championship series: the first time Sixer saw your ground or your team

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

Most weeks, readers of Salut! Sunderland drop by on Friday morning to catch the latest instalment in Pete Sixsmith’s twin series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (if the game in question is away), Team (if it’s at the Stadium of Light). This week, the Millwall edition was posted earlier than usual – […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground – Sixer goes to Millwall

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Pete Sixsmith is a member of the 92 Club and if you take in all the non league, lower league, overseas grounds and empty stadiums he’s visited, is probably a member of the 7,092 club.  Today he takes us back to a time when loon pants, platform shoes, tank tops and kipper ties were the […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Middlesbrough FC

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John McCormick writes: I’d really have to think hard about whether or not I’ve seen us play ‘Boro at Roker. Away, yes – I’ve been to Ayresome Park – but I have no recollection of any game against them at home. I wouldn’t have been at the 1961 game Pete describes below, being only 10 […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bolton Wanderers, Burnden Park and the Macron

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John McCormick writes: every footballer and fan should be honoured to visit a club like Bolton Wanderers but I’ve never been there. I’ll be remedying that on Tuesday, however, so if my former OU colleague Brian (a diehard Wanderer who will surely relish the magic and nostalgia of Pete Sixmith‘s prose) fancies a pre match pint […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Brentford

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John McCormick writes: Brentford – my favouritest club in all of London Town. I’ve seen them play at Griffin Park a few times, but have I seen them play at Roker? Definitely not in 1992, I never returned to the North East that season. 1967? It’s possible, indeed probable. However, I have no memory of […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bristol City and Ashton Gate

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John McCormick writes: I hitched to quite a few games – including some at Roker Park – and I do remember going down the M5 in a Reliant Robin when it (the M5, not the car) was a two-lane motorway. I still believe its  front wheel (the car’s, not the M5’s) left the ground when we went […]

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The Paddy McNair question and the ins and outs of squad rebuilding at Sunderland

One that was made earlier. Nic, left, with Claire, from outside the Fulwell

This tweet, from a Twitter contact (we follow each other), caught the attention. Well Mr Paddy McNair I do not […]

World Cup Diaries: (3) our Middlesbrough-supporting chronicler enjoys his first game

Andy Falconer: 'I love Sunderland really'

This is the third instalment of the World Cup musings of Monsieur Salut’s Boro-supporting nephew, Andy Falconer, who saves hard-earned […]

World Cup Diaries: (2) pickpockets, a river spectacular and becoming an honorary Dane

Andy with - it seems - a Hibs fan

England’s turn at last and even Sunderland supporters with only modest interest in international football will be hoping one or […]

The Beautiful Game? Wrinkly Pete’s thoughts on the power of football

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John McCormick writes: We’re not the only old and famous club to be facing turbulent times and I’m sure our […]

Strangely Unmoved. What World Cup?

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When Colin put up his competition about prediciting the World Cup finalists I had a go.  I chose England because […]

Salut! Sunderland’s World Cup diaries: (1) glorious St Petersburg

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  Monsieur Salut writes: 0ur summer faithful will have noticed that I invited contributions from any reader who happened to […]