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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Oxford United

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John McCormick writes: I definitely haven’t seen Oxford at the Stadium of Light and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them at Roker, I certainly have no memory of them playing us there. It wasn’t until 1973 that I got to see them and that was at the Manor Ground.  Our cup-winning team played, Dennis Tueart […]

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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 certain level of antiquity. Anglo-Saxon/Old Scandinavian in origin, it typically indicates an area of Danish settlement. Scunthorpe United doesn’t have have quite the same level of antiquity. It was founded in 1899 but it wasn’t […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (in the League Cup): Sheffield Wednesday

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John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote about Sheffield Wednesday last season, as you no doubt remember. Today he makes a brief return to that fine old club and the only time we’ve played them in the League Cup. There’s not much more for me to say, given the circumstances of that meeting, as I’m sure you’ll […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Charlton Athletic

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League One fans probably don’t know that Pete Sixsmith is a member of the 92 club, or whatever it’s called. In fact, given his proclivity for non-league and his propensity for travel he’s probably a member of the 192 club, and for many seasons he has regaled us with tales from around the country and […]

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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 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 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 Team: Cardiff City

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The first post-war season saw Cardiff become champions of the Third Division (South) and they continued to climb as we began to struggle. They achieved Division One as the 195os began and they played us during most seasons of that decade, with a gap year when they were relegated 12 months before us. Then came […]

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Sixer recalls: The first time he ever saw Sheffield United

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I’m amazed that Pete Sixsmith has such good recollections of individual football matches that he goes to as he sees so many. I think he had a day off on Sunday but he’s seen two more since he went to the Flamingo Land Stadium, where unfortunately the home side didn’t play in pink […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Leeds United

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Monsieur Salut writes: in his latest addition to this hugely entertaining series recalling his first encounters with opposing teams or – for away games – their grounds, Pete Sixsmith begins with a confession. But do not be fooled by his Leeds origins. Sixer moved to County Durham – just up the street from me – […]

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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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