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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes: I wondered how Pete Sixsmith would approach this one, given that it’s less than a year since we were at Burton. Not much could have changed in under a year, surely. Well, maybe, maybe not. We have new owners, a new manager and a host of new players while Burton just have […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: AFC Wimbledon and Kingsmeadow

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John McCormick writes: I have visited Kingston-upon-Thames. It was within a couple of years of our Wembley triumph (the second one) and I can’t remember much about it, though I’m sure it certainly never struck me as a place that would host a professional football club. But what do I know about football? Clearly it’s not […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Gillingham and the Priestfield Stadium

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Here’s something of a novelty. Pete Sixsmith has never seen us play in Kent. He has, of course, been there. He’s even been to the Priestfield Stadium and seen Gillingham play. We’ll let him tell you the details: (more…)

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Luton Town and Kenilworth Road

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The hot spell appears to be coming to its end in the North-West. It’s cloudy, the temperature has dropped and there’s rain forecast for the weekend.  Nevertheless, we’ll persist with Pete Sixsmith’s summer photo for now, especially as a lot of dark clouds moved away from the Stadium of light on Saturday. We’re not the […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Fulham and Craven Cottage

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John McCormick writes: I remember a pleasant afternoon at Fulham in the early seventies. In my case it was made pleasant by the few pints of proper beer we enjoyed in the pub on the other side of Putney Bridge and by an away win, which I enjoyed trouble free although esconced with locals.  Not […]

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TFTEISYG – Sixer goes to Reading

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….my one and only visit to the Madejski Stadium was on 31st of August 2004. I remember it well – it was a Tuesday and I was able to get away from work in the Midlands in time to drive down to the Royal County of Berkshire for a midweek game. I arrived […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Leeds United and Elland Road

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John McCormick writes: Some time in the early sixties, after my dad had taken me to St James Park for my very first proper game, he and I were listening to a match on the radio. It was Sunderland v Leeds or  more probably Leeds v Sunderland. I think I’d decided to support Sunderland by […]

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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 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

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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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Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: Oh oh oh it’s Maja…….and a dozen or so others!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..on the walk back to the car yesterday, I saw a yellow legged gull scrapping for a discarded […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale undone by a Majastic display

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Max Stryjek saved a penalty, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher both scored and John O’Shea was sent off. Does it […]

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 […]

The Rochdale Who are You? ‘Jesus saved us but we’re not gloryhunters’

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Monsieur Salut writes: we are honoured to have some lovely Who are You? interviews with opposing fans. This is up […]

Branch Lines: calling all SAFCSA branches. Don’t miss your connection

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For those Sunderland supporters who take the trouble to visit these pages regularly, it will come as no surprise that […]

Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]