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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Blackpool and Bloomfield Road

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John McCormick writes: I thought it was when I was old enough to go into pubs but not old enough to do so legally that I first went to went to Bloomfield Road, which would put the date around 1968. I’m pretty sure, however, that it wasn’t Sunderland I saw playing there but Bolton Wanderers, […]

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Charlton Athletic

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League One fans probably don’t know that Pete Sixsmith is a member of the 92 club, or whatever it’s called. In fact, given his proclivity for non-league and his propensity for travel he’s probably a member of the 192 club, and for many seasons he has regaled us with tales from around the country and […]

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We all agree: name the North Stand after Monty (or do we?)

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John McCormick writes: It was Malcolm who sent the e-mail about a poll to decide on names for the stands at the SOL but it was Eric who made the original request, via the comments section, in Colin’s guess the score for the opening game of the season. My contribution was the headline you see […]

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Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?

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Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role of Irish players in England’s elite clubs. Since his research covered plenty of Sunderland-related content, we invited him to introduce his project …. With this book, I recall better times for the Irish in England’s […]

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Clough, Monty, trouncing Chelsea … Salut! Sunderland shares memories with Football Friends

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Monsieur Salut writes: Why does Salut! Sunderland exist? What prompted its creation? What was my first game? What have been my highs and lows of supporting Sunderland? All the kind of questions we regularly ask Who are You? candidates. This time the boot was on the other foot. The newish Football Friends site wanted answers […]

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Sunderland and relegation: been there, done that, collected too many T-shirts

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Pete Sixsmith doesn’t intend to spend the summer moping about our most recent relegation. He intends to spend the summer moping about all of our relegations. As he puts it: ‘Relegation Number 10 so lots of memories to ramble on about as our season rambles to an end. So depressing……’ (more…)

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Sixer’s Tottenham Soapbox: Plenty to like in a hard fought game

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John McCormick writes: I didn’t see much of last night’s game. I did see Jack Rodwell’s foul and would have had him off at half time to prevent a potential second yellow. But David Moyes apparently didn’t think there was any need to worry; Rodwell stayed on and had a “quietly effective game”, according to Pete Sixsmith. […]

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Steve Cram opens his heart: Charlie’s his darling and he means Hurley

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Years ago, when Sixer, Malcolm Dawson, John McCormick and Monsieur Salut were still young, or at least a long way from qualifying for bus passes, Salut! Sunderland reproduced a nice little interview that formed part of a Celebrity Supporters series for the newsletter of the London and SE branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association. The […]

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Sixer’s Man Utd Soapbox: new boys show their class

Malcolm Dawson writes……….before the game they were showing highlights of the 6-0 win over West Ham in 1977 on the big screen. The two lads who sit next to me, both under 20, commented that they weren’t even born when that game was played. Cue a history lesson as I told them how after a […]

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Cheer up Jan Kirchhoff: even Charlie Hurley had a debut to forget

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The Hoff needn’t get The Huff. We’ve all had rotten days at work and sometimes, for some of us, on the first day of a new job. Before he knows it, the fans will be singing, ‘Who’s the greatest centre half the world has even seen … Jan Kirchhoff is his name’. Anyone with the […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox. Bolton Wanderers 1, Sunderland 1. Why am I not surprised?

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John McCormick writes: Two seasons ago I was at Bolton to witness a torrid game, where we could not neither […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Bolton Wanderers and grand larceny of the highest order

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Malcolm Dawson writes: However you look at it, this was a poor day in Lancashire. Gary Bennett was not happy. […]

Benefactors or men with a motive as a takeover looms?

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….I am due to fly to Venice soon but my flights are booked with Ryanair, whose pilots have […]

Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland. Wanted: another winning trip across the Pennines

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Just for fun, we have taken to saying about our regular slot inviting readers to predict Sunderland scorelines, says Monsieur […]

Should’ve, Could’ve, Might’ve: Sunderland v Rotherham from sublime to ridiculous

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..others I know will not share my opinions, but as I’ve got older I believe I have developed […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rotherham earn a point as Sunderland miss a penalty.

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It was almost half-time when I realised Pete Sixsmith had not checked in from the Stadium of Light. That’s almost […]

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