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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 Burton is one of those places you’re not likely to visit by accident if you live in Liverpool. It’s in between everywhere – to the east and north of the M6 and A5, to the south of the road between Stoke, Derby and Nottingham. It is, just about, on the way from […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Aston Villa and Villa Park

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John McCormick writes: I suspected this would be one of the grounds that Pete Sixsmith counts among his favourites. After all, not only  is it old and venerable, like the man himself,  with international matches and semi-finals galore on its cv, it has the Archibald Leitch connection that he relishes. And there’s a bonus for […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Middlesbrough, Ayresome Park and the Riverside

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John McCormick writes: a few of the old grounds I’ve visited are not around now – Oxford’s Manor, Maine Road, the Old Den, Boothferry Park and the Brittania spring to mind – but what is strange is that I haven’t been to any, not one, of the new grounds that replaced them. For some reason, though, […]

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The first time ever I saw your ground: Brentford and Griffin Park

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John McCormick writes: I’d hoped to make this fixture but circumstances dictate otherwise, which means I’ll have to wait another year (or more likely a decade, according to some comments I’ve read) before I can renew my acquaintance with what is probably my favourite ground in all of London. For now, I’ll have to make […]

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Sunderland opponents and their grounds: Sixer’s series as good as it gets

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    Put it this way. Pete Sixsmith gives a lot more to the football-supporting public than he gets back. He collects bits and bobs of beer money, the odd mug or print or match ticket paid for,  but nothing that remotely reflects all he does, mostly for Salut! Sunderland but also in unpaid appearances […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Preston North End’s Deepdale

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Now we’re getting into it, or at least Pete Sixsmith is. True, proper history. His journey through the football grounds of England brings us to memories of the era when Blackburn Rovers were admitted to the Football League instead of cup-winning-toff-defeating, working-class Blackburn Olympic, who subsequently folded, the first penalty kick was yet to be […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Ipswich Town’s Portman Road

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John McCormick writes: Sunderland to Ipswich is not one of the longest journeys in the League. The straight line distance of just over 220 miles puts it in the mid-range category. However, you need to add at least another 50 miles – not all of them easy driving – if you go by road. Alternatively, you could spend […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Goodison, ‘my favourite after Roker’

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Yesterday Bernard Walker expressed his love for Goodison Park.  Pete Sixsmith will understand why, for it is, as he says above and below: “…my favourite ground after Roker”. Read on for an enthralling reminiscence. (more…)

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Hull City

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..here in the latest instalment of his series in which, prior to an away game, he recalls the first visit he made to the home(s) of our upcoming opponents, strong Pete Sixsmith looks back on previous outings to the UK City of Culture that is Kingston upon Hull. TFTEISYG HULL CITY. One of […]

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Great series begins at Derby, Bury, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday, Carlisle, Leeds and Barnsley

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Monsieur Salut writes: when Pete Sixsmith suggested a series looking at his first encounters with Sunderland’s opposing teams or their grounds, I had minor doubts. That’s 46 articles plus the cup games – assuming he does each team for home games, each ground for away ties – on top of all else he contributes to […]

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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

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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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