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

Pete Sixsmith, Hangin' Round

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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The first time ever I saw your ground – Barnsley

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John McCormick writes: I’m setting this up on Tuesday, as the Northwest News is carrying an article about the ‘Northern Powerhouse’.  ‘As if,’ I’m thinking. There’s a dearth of funding, in contrast to the money spent on crossrail, so travel between cities like Newcastle, Hull and Liverpool isn’t going to improve before I stop going to […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

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Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland play and the grounds they call or called home. Carlise United can claim a fascinating club history, the remoteness of its location making gloryseeking support for bigger clubs less of a problem than elsewhere. Sixer’s […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough

Com back tomorrow for the Coventry edition of Pete Sixsmith;s outstanding series on his visits to opponents' grounds

Mr Sixsmith – Pete or Sixer to most – has sternly corrected Monsieur Salut. The series is not to be passed off as The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team regardless of context; it’s Ground if we’re playing them away, Team if it’s at the Stadium of Light. So this latest edition is TFTEISYG […]

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Sunderland vs Manchester City. Checkatrade Guess the Score and Wembley memories

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GUESS THE SCORE: The Checktrade rules are simple – no extra time but penalties if scores are level at 90 […]

Sixer’s Scunthorpe Soapbox: Sunderland fail to flatter as Iron pressure pays

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Malcolm Dawson writes………tied up as I am in a hotel in Lytham St Anne’s (and before you get any ideas […]

Rate the ref: Scunthorpe v Sunderland

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In an attempt to minimise RSI I’m reducing the page to the poll and little more. I’ll set up a […]

Sixer’s Scunthorpe Sevens: A good point but we need to find that poacher

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What do you make of a draw at Scunny? A point gained or two thrown away? Luton open a gap, […]

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 […]

View from the Avenue: a Sunderland rallying cry to still half-term wobbles

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut says: Paul Summerside and I joust regularly at Facebook about Brexit, a subject I broadly feel wisest to […]

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