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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 First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Ipswich Town

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John McCormick writes: I’m quite sure I was at the Stoke match Pete mentions in this report; Ed, his brother and I certainly did go to the Victoria Ground at the start of one season in the late sixties, but yet again we have a home game which eludes my memory. Surely I was there. […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Birmingham City and St Andrews

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Pete Sixsmith’s legendary journey around the years continues with a trip to England’s second city and 1976. That was the year the queen went to Birmingham to open the National Exhibition Centre but she doesn’t post anything on this site (at least, not under her own name) so we won’t be getting her reminiscences. As […]

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The first time ever I saw your team: Hull City

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John McCormick writes: I’ve never been to the KC stadium but I have been to Boothferry Park, more than once. I’ve seen us play Hull City there, I’ve even seen Hull City play other clubs there. However, I have no memory of ever seeing us play Hull at home. Not so Pete Sixsmith. He’s been […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: (part 2) Cardiff City and the Eponymous Stadium

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John McCormick writes: after 1971-2 it was another 30 years before I returned to Cardiff. This time I drove there and stayed in decent hotels (you know, the kind with heating and showers). Cardiff had changed from the solemn, somnolent city I remembered. Now it was full of partygoers engaging in drunkenness and sin. But […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: (part 1) Cardiff City’s Ninian Park

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John McCormick writes: I made it down to Cardiff in 1971 or 2, via the Heads of the Valleys Road, one or more pubs in Aberdare and Tonypandy’s Pandy Inn, but in February 1972, where Pete resumes his travelogue, I was half-way through my undergraduate career and finding respite from academic life (mine involved the […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Barnsley

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  John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith takes me into new territory with this trip down memory lane. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Barnsley play, neither at home nor away. There’s no reason for that, apart from the fact that I was seven or eight the first time they came to Roker, and had been living […]

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‘Yes Newcastle are gloating but there but for the grace of Rafa go us’

Ye olde days, even before Jermain's super strike

Nick Donaldson is a smashing bloke in all respects save that he supports Newcastle United. A past winner of the […]

Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith

'Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith.' Click on the cartoon to read Monsieur Salut's tale of woe

Monsieur Salut, aka Colin Randall, writes: in my brief time in Abu Dhabi, I saw more of Sunderland live than […]

Sixer’s Burton Albion Soapbox: Brewers highlight our lack of Pedigree

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There is a dark cloud over Sixsmith Towers this morning – both literally and metaphorically. The English language can be […]

Sunderland statement: right words, nowhere near good enough

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It bears the hallmarks of a statement dictated by Martin Bain (CEO) and tidied up in the press office. It […]

Down and down again. A sorry day to be a Sunderland supporter

Promotion at first attempt!

Monsieur Salut writes: this is obviously the grimmest evening, in footballing terms, since Salut! Sunderland was created back at the […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Hell, Bent on relegation as Burton come back

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You could see it coming, couldn’t you. Darren Bent comes on with 15 minutes left and equalises with two minutes […]