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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Sheffield United.

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John McCormick writes: on Saturday Ed posted on his facebook page that it had been 378 days since he’d seen us win and then headed off to the SOL. Now you know who to blame. But you can’t fault his loyalty. Stony broke, he and a mate once hitched down to Bramall Lane for an […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: the company of Wolves

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Malcolm Dawson writes……the last time I went to Wolves, if I remember rightly, Stephen Elliot equalised with about 10 minutes to go and it was the last time I was seriously worried for my personal safety at a football match. I had arranged to go with a female friend of mine who had been born […]

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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 end of an era. Salut! Sunderland’s journey will soon be over

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AS MANY READERS KNOW, WE CANNOT CURRENTLY PUBLISH COMMENTS. IF YOU WISH TO OFFER YOUR VIEWS ON WHAT APPEARS BELOW […]

Not quite viral but a social media world reacts to Salut! Sunderland’s doom

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    Another of Monsieur Salut’s messages: news of our imminent demise has touched a nerve. Plenty of people have […]

Sixer’s Gillingham Soapbox: ‘I worry about the state of the club’

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AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO PUBLISH COMMENTS. BUT THANKS TO JEFF BELL, WHO TRIED TO POST […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Gillingham 1 is not a good omen

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Pete Sixsmith has sent some interesting seven word texts in recent weeks, many of them on the pessimistic side. The […]

Remember, remember the 5th of November? SAFC v Leicester U21s one to forget

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Sixer’s Sevens v Leicester U21: no fireworks, just lots of damp squibs

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John McCormick writes: Readers still cannot post comments. We are continuing to work on it but everything I have tried […]

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