South Shields Daily Photo

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Mulhall’s Bar

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Mulhall's Bar, Sunderland Stadium of Light

The half time dash

Most of us in the CDP community have our own favourite sports teams and Curly in South Shields is no different to the rest of us. I have followed Sunderland AFC since 1964 when my father started taking me to games at the old Roker Park (it’s only 7 miles from South Shields). We now play in the very modern Sunderland Stadium of Light, and those of you familiar with the Premier League in the UK will know that Sunderland have faced an uphill struggle to establish themselves in the league this season. As is common with the fans at most football games (soccer to you lot in the USA) there is nearly always a dash to the bar at half time, and on Saturday it felt like all 45,690 fans were trying to squeeze into Mulhall’s Bar in the North West upper corner of the ground.

There are many catering outlets in the stadium offering the usual fare, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, burgers, hot dogs, tea, coffee, bovril, coke, beer etc., as well as better quality restaurants with a wider and higher quality choice.

They are named after famous players who played for the club in years gone by; George Mulhall, for example, played in the team that won promotion to the old First Division in 1964. He was a Scottish international outside left and played for Aberdeen before being transferred to Sunderland in 1962 for £25,000. He won three caps for Scotland and played more than 250 times for Sunderland, including a record 125 consecutive games, he scored 66 goals for the club.

Oh yes, incidentally we beat West Ham United 2 – 1 on Saturday.

Camera details: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 35mm lens, 1/13 second, f2.8, iso 200 (Hand held so it’s a little shaky, and I’ve used a familiar tint and tone action in Photoshop).



Written by curly

March 31, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. Although I live 750 miles south of the stadium, I am a big fan of the Green Bay Packers.

    I have never had any trouble using my camera in and around town. Once a federal officer asked me why I was taking photos of the Federal Justice Building but he was satisfied by my answer and left me to continue.


    March 31, 2008 at 3:31 am

  2. There was a time when taking photographs at the football was a dangerous sport. I guess it pales into insignificance now compared to fun parks!

    Sunshine Coast Daily


    March 31, 2008 at 3:42 am

  3. “incidentally we beat West Ham United 2 – 1 on Saturday” – And I suppose you’re proud of that, too 😉 Still, I’m pleased that the bar is in claret for this picture.


    March 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm

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