Sixer’s Travels: seeing Newport County wallop Accrington Stanley before Sunderland kick off

Sixer photographed by M Salut, framed by Jake
Sixer photographed by M Salut, framed by Jake

Opening a new football ground is tantamount to presenting a challenge to Pete Sixsmith. Let no ground, his philosophy runs, remain unvisited. Others consider Malaga, Bali or Florida for their summer hols. Pete found Rodney Parade and a night in Llanelli more to his liking …

Football’s coming home. It’s nearly another two weeks before it returns to the Stadium of Light. We gaze upon the “new, improved” Sunderland, but for the 72 clubs that make up the oldest football league in the world, the action started on Saturday.

The Football League owes its existence to one William McGregor, a Perthshire man domiciled in Birmingham and owner of a drapery business. An Aston Villa man, he suggested to a number of clubs that they might join together for the purpose of playing a regular set of fixtures. Thus, the Football League was born.

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