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The History Programme: (5) Fulham’s record breaking visit to the Stadium of Light

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In the fifth and final part of his look at programmes from a lifetime supporting Sunderland, Pete Sixsmith brings us into the 21st Century with his reminiscences of a season many of us would prefer to forget. When Fulham visited on the 4th May 2006 for the final home game that season it really looked […]

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The History Programme: (4) SAFC 4 West Ham 3. Kieron Brady special


After the last edition of Pete Sixsmith‘s series on matchday programmes, and his memories of the games in question, I half-expected a riposte from a stray reader calling himself ‘Watford Gap’ or some such, along the lines of ‘you remember thumping us 5-0 at Roker; will your series be covering the programme on sale on […]

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The History Programme: (3) Sunderland sting Watford Hornets, Blissett and all

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Pete Sixsmith‘s stroll through his programme collection pauses to reflect on a good win in a good season. It was also the  year in which the club celebrated its centenary, though the pages of the match day programme for Watford’s visit offers no hint that a telegram from the Queen has been received at Roker […]

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The History Programme: (2) Oxford United face Stokoe’s champions, including Gary Rowell


For the second of his reflections on matchday programmes, from half a century of watching the Lads, Pete Sixsmith chooses a good day and season to be a supporter: victory over modest opposition in a championship-winning season and the debut of one Gary Rowell … (more…)

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The History Programme: SAFC v Cardiff City and John Charles, Il Gigante Buono

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

It was a day when the Rolling Stones began their first tour – as mere support for Bo Diddley & Everly Bros – the Judy Garland Show made its BBC debut and Pope Paul VI opened the second sitting of the Vatican Council, or so it says on the website I just consulted. It is […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

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 […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]