• By Francis Todd Malone

MY FIRST TIME AND FAVOURITE GAME, GROUND & PLAYER. BY FRANCIS TODD MALONE


With very little going on right now, we thought it would be nice for folk to look back on their time supporting the lads and name their favourite game, ground and player as well as remembering their first time watching the lads…


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FIRST GAME

Ashton Gate was where it all kicked off in September 1976. We were unbeaten in our first three on our return to Division One, so an eight-year-old FTM counted down the hours bursting with anticipation. What followed was an abject 4-1 defeat which had a kid who didn't cry very often blubbing like a baby. But it made the love grow stronger...

FAVOURITE GAME

Newcastle 1 Sunderland 2. November 18, 2000 is a date which will be etched on my mind forever. On any other day I wouldn't have got out of bed, the flu was biting. But I had a ticket and wild horses wouldn't have kept me from that coach journey to Sid James. Don Hutchison and Quinny scored in the last quarter as we came from behind, then Tommy Sorensen saved Shearer's penalty in front of the Gallowgate. Football sex, basically. I got back on the bus feeling on top of the world - the power of football had seen the lurgy off.



FAVOURITE GROUND

The Stadium of Light. For all I loved Roker and have so many memories of the place, we got so much right when we moved. Nearly 24 years on and our home still feels fresh and proper and makes me proud. I still think the name's shite, mind

FAVOURITE PLAYER

Gary Rowell. In an era where you wondered where our goals would come from, time and again this bloke came up trumps and he was one of us. Phillips, Bally, Benno, Bobby Kerr, Pop Robson, Shaun Elliott, Marco and others have been good support acts, but no one can hold a candle to Rowell. Stay Safe, Haway the Lads


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