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Publications: Sunderland ’73: The People’s Visual History Publication Preview

Posted on: 13 December 2023

Sunderland ‘73: The People’s Visual History is now available- the perfect Christmas present for SAFC fans and local history enthusiasts!

The book cost £20 and is available to buy from the University of Sunderland HERE, A Love Supreme or in store at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and National Glass Centre.

Sales of the book help support our commitment to gift copies to schools, care homes, community centres and libraries in Sunderland.

Sunderland’s extraordinary FA Cup run and their ‘giant killing’ triumph in the final – as a Second Division team against the then mighty Leeds United – was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition and a real-life football fairytale, reaching far beyond the usual football boundaries and affecting the whole community in an outpouring of civic pride and pure joy.

This book showcases a spectacular collection of original material associated with that 1973 Cup run that was either created or collected by the fans and local people who were there. It features snapshot photos, home-made banners, scarves, rosettes, scrapbooks, memorabilia and all kinds of mementos. Such items rarely get attention but they are ‘the people’s visual history’ and they offer a valuable and distinctive viewpoint that truly captures the emotions and experiences of the time. Julian Germain is a photographic artist well known for his projects about football culture and for his appreciation of what he calls ‘popular creativity’. Julian is visiting professor of the Northern Centre of Photography.

Video by Stuart Ramm.

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