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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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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Port Vale and Vale Park

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Malcolm Dawson writes……….it’s years since I’ve been to Vale Park, the last time being in 1998 when we won 2-0 thanks to an own goal and one from St Niall of the Disco Pants but for those of you going this coming weekend, see if you can find the Staffordshire Oatcake take away shop, which […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Home Park and Plymouth Argyle

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….whilst John McCormick is off to Sunny Spain Pete Sixsmith continues with his series recalling his visits to the grounds of upcoming opponents with his memories of Home Park, Plymouth which is quite apt as in a few weeks he will be doing a few “Ho Ho Hoes of his own”! Just less […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Doncaster Rovers and the Keepmoat Stadium

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John McCormick writes: Yorkshire seems to be cropping up a lot, even though we  left a few of their clubs behind when we dropped out of the Championship.  The truth is there are only three Yorkshire clubs in the third division and we’re playing two of them them close together. I’ve passed through Doncaster on […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Shrewsbury Town, Gay Meadow and the New One

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John McCormick writes: I’ve walked past the Gay Meadow ground once or twice and I’ve driven past the New Meadow, though probably before there was a football ground there, but I’ve never been inside either ground and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Shrewsbury play at all. That’s something I’m hoping to rectify this weekend, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bradford City and Valley Parade

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 John McCormick writes: some 15 years ago, perhaps a few more, I almost went to see Bradford play. It was a Valentine’s weekend and the family had decamped to a hotel in the region, 10 of us altogether, mostly from my wife’s side, for a reunion of some sort. We arrived on the Friday and […]

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Promotion poll: Sunderland vie with Portsmouth but can Burton, Lincoln or Doncaster make top six?

Plenty of this from the Roker End last night.

John McCormick, associate editor, writes: things have quietened down with our ‘who to follow’ poll, as we might expect. Portsmouth, […]

McGeady: Aiden and abetting a new Sunderland promotion push

Jake: 'let's have a revolution - like winning some games'

Monsieur Salut writes: we all love a marquee signing, the arrival at the Stadium of Light of Light of a […]

A Salut! Sunderland welcome to Jordan WiIlis, Jack Ross’s third pre-season signing

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Signing number three is another free, Jordan Willis, 24, a defender who played for Coventry City until the end of […]

Sunderland, Bolton and Bury. Our League One financial ramble has to end somewhere.

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I didn’t know when I’d get back to this series but it seems appropriate to visit these three now, though […]

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