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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Burton Albion

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Salut! Sunderland didn’t get round to entering this year’s football blogging awards. This was not a case of sour grapes after our also-ran status in previous years; the deadline simply came and went. Perhaps we should just have sent the organisers links to Pete Sixsmith‘s matchday reports and the twin series, The First Time Ever […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Norwich City

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John McCormick writes: the cup tie at Carrow Road mentioned below has a certain resonance but I don’t remember the replay. 1968 is very much a time when I’d have been there but there’s nothing, absolutely nothing, that I remember about it. Pete Sixsmith, once again, comes to the rescue. He was there. He remembers it. […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Sheffield Wednesday

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John McCormick writes:  I visited the Statcat to check if we played Sheffield Wednesday in 1968 as I had memories of their supporters in the back room of the Cambridge when I was still an underage drinker. I found I could have been out a year in either direction as we were in the same […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce it. “Did I see Preston in our promotion year?” I thought to myself. So I got out my trusty promotion year souvenir brochure that my dad bought me (2/6) and had a look. Preston were there, as […]

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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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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Ipswich Town

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John McCormick writes: I’m quite sure I was at the Stoke match Pete mentions in this report; Ed, his brother and I certainly did go to the Victoria Ground at the start of one season in the late sixties, but yet again we have a home game which eludes my memory. Surely I was there. […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Barnsley

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

  John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith takes me into new territory with this trip down memory lane. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Barnsley play, neither at home nor away. There’s no reason for that, apart from the fact that I was seven or eight the first time they came to Roker, and had been living […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Birmingham City

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John McCormick writes: I’ve just had my card declined when trying to make a donation to the Whitechapel Centre, which helps homeless/rough sleepers in Liverpool. There were no problems when giving to MIND, where I donated in order to support my niece, Ski, who’s running for them every day in January. (Just letting you know, […]

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The first time ever I saw your team: Fulham

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John McCormick writes: I can only remember one game against Fulham, and that was at Craven Cottage, where, like Pete Sixsmith, I enjoyed a walk through the park and a stand that overlooked the river. Other than that, my mind is its usual blank. Was I at this match (indeed, any home games v Fulham between 1964 […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Reading

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John McCormick writes: I hitched the 120 miles home on the Friday, saw an average game, then hitched back down to Uni on the Monday (or it could have been the Sunday) as usual. It was as uneventful a weekend as I remember and I picked up no air of anticipation from the crowd, nor […]

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Sunderland’s headlong fall and the unconditional love that makes us keep faith

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Monsieur Salut, aka Colin Randall, writes: in my brief time in Abu Dhabi, I saw more of Sunderland live than […]

Sixer’s Burton Albion Soapbox: Brewers highlight our lack of Pedigree

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There is a dark cloud over Sixsmith Towers this morning – both literally and metaphorically. The English language can be […]

Sunderland statement: right words, nowhere near good enough

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It bears the hallmarks of a statement dictated by Martin Bain (CEO) and tidied up in the press office. It […]

Down and down again. A sorry day to be a Sunderland supporter

Promotion at first attempt!

Monsieur Salut writes: this is obviously the grimmest evening, in footballing terms, since Salut! Sunderland was created back at the […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Hell, Bent on relegation as Burton come back

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You could see it coming, couldn’t you. Darren Bent comes on with 15 minutes left and equalises with two minutes […]

Arsenal’s chief whinger Piers Morgan applauds Wenger? Pass the sick bag

Jake: 'you don't talk to the likes of us, Ellis, so how can we be blamed if we get somethign wrong?

It has often been said that putting a top manager in charge of Sunderland, or recruiting such players as Messi […]