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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Shrewsbury Town

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With Christmas and hopefully Salut! Sunderland’s website issues behind us, we look forward to New Year and a trip to the seaside, where more than 7,000 Mackems, many of whom will be nursing massive hangovers, will converge on Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road. But before that we have a little matter of a home game against Shrewsbury […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Bradford City

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John McCormick writes: This is the second time I’ve set up this post. I spent hours working round the site problems and embedding files from a remote server so I could do Pete Sixsmith’s effort justice and then it disappeared, presumably never to return.  But as my  granny may have said, if a thing’s worth […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Bristol Rovers

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be in the North East for the home game but I have my eye on the away fixture at Bristol this season. It would be another club and ground on my list, not that I’m collecting. If I was, however, it would be some years before I could approach the […]

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The First Time Ever We Played Your Team: Walsall meet a legend

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith takes us back to the time when I was just getting into football. Some of the players below became very familiar to me as I saw them play at Roker many times. Others, Peter Wakeham and Jack Overfield, for example, are nowhere in my memory bank though Ambrose Fogarty is […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Barnsley, nostalgia and an everyday housewife (honest)

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John McCormick writes: one of the joys of this series (and of its companion for away matches) is elegant prose, another is the pictures and videos which accompany it and then there are the asides that might be, but aren’t always, football related. It’s just a little bit of a magic combination, not to be […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: The Chairboys of Wycombe

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Malcolm Dawson writes………our publication of Pete Sixsmith’s twin series, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (before our away fixtures) and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (for our visitors to the Stadium of Light) is normally the remit of our Associate Editor John McCormick but his ageing laptop has finally succumbed to […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Southend United

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John McCormick writes: Southend, nope, I don’t think so. I’ve not seen them. This week’s Who Are You guest, Rhys Ellingham, wrote about us playing them in 06/07 but the only time I  got to the SOL that season was on 11th November, when we drew with Southampton, so I missed them by a good three months, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Peterborough United

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John McCormick writes: The time’s right and I saw all of the players Pete mentions below, including George Kinnell, but I have only the most fleeting memories of this game.  So fleeting that the scoreline rings no bells with me, and surely it should. Could it be that I wasn’t there and I’m suffering from […]

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The First Time Ever I saw Your Team: Rochdale

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A couple of days ago I thought I’d got it wrong, writes John McCormick, and should be looking at trains to Manchester, or at least asking the boss if I could have the car, in order to get to Rochdale. I had got it wrong as Rochdale head north over the weekend and I have […]

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The First Time Ever I saw Your Team: Fleetwood Town

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John McCormick writes: I don’t know what Pete Sixsmith’s on about in his opening paragraph. I can’t disagree with his comment about the average Rugby League prop forward but saying Maths sums are hard is a bit much, and surely he knows that some metals are soft. Perhaps his phrase “ very hard” covers both wood […]

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Simon Grayson, Steve Bruce, Ahmed Elmohamady, David Meyler, Paul McShane: a Hull of a connection

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John McCormick writes Did we get rid of Simon Grayson too early? There are some stats that say we could […]

Sunderland’s retained list: Who’s yet to take a walk? Who’s yet to arrive at our doors?

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We know there’s a lot of rebuilding to do. We know we have some expensive players on our books who […]

Salut! Sunderland presents: The best goal I ever scored/never scored

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John McCormick writes: It was M Salut himself who got me going, but only after Malcolm had chipped in with […]

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