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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Barnsley’s Oakwell

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Pete Sixsmith was adamant. There simply wasn’t time for a new First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground on Barnsley, not least because we were also in the same division last season and he wrote a perfectly good instalment of the series then. At the time John McCormick introduced Sixer’s piece with a historical note, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Wycombe Wanderers and Adams Park

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  John McCormick writes: Before Pete Sixsmith sent his material I spent some time perusing Youtube for clips of Wycombe Wanderers. None I found were really suitable for inclusion. After it arrived I looked for the 2005 game against West Ham. Again, no luck. Eventually I found a clip to enhance another fine piece of […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bristol Rovers and the Memorial Stadium

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John McCormick writes: this one was pencilled in when the fixtures came out but by Christmas I knew it would be a non-starter. A pity, as a weekend in Somerset with a quick trip across the border would have made for a brilliant weekend at this time of year.  I reckon I’ll just have to […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Oxford United, Kassam and Manor

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Monsieur Salut writes: one of the joys of editing Salut! Sunderland is the chance it offers to read the gems of Pete Sixsmith even before they appear before the public gaze. Book publishers should be now be forming an orderly or disorderly queue to snap up rights to his magnificent twin series, The First Time […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Scunthorpe United and Glanford Park

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It’s over 100 years since E M Forster wrote “The Machine Stops”. If you haven’t read it I suggest you give it a go. After you have you won’t worry too much about the slight delay to the publication of this post in Pete Sixsmith’s “First Time ” series. You might, however, worry about the […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground – Charlton Athletic and The Valley

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John McCormick writes. Like Blackpool, this one was on the itinerary I compiled early in the summer. Like Blackpool, it didn’t survive my first scrutiny of the fixture list, which is a pity as I’ve never been to the Valley and I was looking forward to it. Pete Sixsmith has, of course, so here he is […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Blackpool and Bloomfield Road

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John McCormick writes: I thought it was when I was old enough to go into pubs but not old enough to do so legally that I first went to went to Bloomfield Road, which would put the date around 1968. I’m pretty sure, however, that it wasn’t Sunderland I saw playing there but Bolton Wanderers, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Accrington Stanley and the Crown Ground

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John McCormick writes: all being well I’ll be there. Given the chance, what self respecting football supporter wouldn’t go to see his team play Accrington Stanley. This is history. Proper history. Forget your Etihads and your Emirates, your millionaires and billionaires, this is what it’s all about. As Pete Sixsmith makes so eloquently clear (more…)

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Walsall, the Bescot Stadium and Fellows Park

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Pete Sixsmith once again dips into his magic memory to bring you a trip to the land of contrasts: bashed metal and heavy metal: old canals and new motorways: Aston Villa with their football league glory and a historic stadium and erm, Walsall who, literally, are in a different league. Nowt wrong with that, though, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Morecambe and The Globe Arena

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John McCormick writes……..the last time I wrote about Morecambe was about 18 months ago when I ventured the suggestion that their off-field troubles may have been ending. I think I was right as the intervening months have seen wholesale changes at the club, which are continuing (their chairman has just stepped down). The one exception […]

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Do they mean us? A Wall Street look at Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: it is a pleasure to come across a New York take on Sunderland that doesn’t just gasp […]

A Wembley a Day: the one where the Wearsiders vanquished the mighty Leeds

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A WEMBLEY A DAY If you were born on May 6 1973 or on any day since then, you will […]

A Wembley a Day: long before Portsmouth came Huddersfield and Wakefield Trinity

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A WEMBLEY A  DAY Regular visitors to Salut! Sunderland will know that our star contributor, the tireless Pete Sixsmith, has […]

Countdown to Wembley: Sunderland cup finals started with Aston Villa

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Monsieur Salut writes: tomorrow, one week before Sunderland meet Portsmouth in the EFL Checkatrade Trophy final, Pete Sixsmith opens a […]

Coventry hanging on to Doncaster and Charlton as Portsmouth chase Barnsley, Sunderland and Luton.

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Another international break brings an opportunity to revisit the six clubs our readers* and the Coventry ninjas**  chose way back […]

Another one from the archives: Ken Gambles and some childhood heroes

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John McCormick writes: With a traveller like Pete Sixsmith on our books we’re always going to be able to tell […]

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