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Can lightning strike twice?

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Can lightning strike twice?

Post  Lever Malone on 2018-05-28, 8:44 am

An interesting comparison on the SAFC website. Let's hope the answer to my above question is Yes.

Jack Ross isn’t the first manager to swap the black and white of St Mirren for the red and white of Sunderland.
And last time someone did, it proved to be a match made in heaven.
Flashback 90 years to 1928, and the Lads were searching for a new manager for the first time since 1905 following the end of Bob Kyle’s reign.
Kyle would be a tough act to following after spending 23 years at the helm, during which he took charge of 817 games and led the Lads to the Division One title in 1912-13.
Enter, Johnny Cochrane – and the glove fit.
The Paisley-born manager spent 12 years at St Mirren – between 1916 until 1928 – guiding the Buddies to Victory Cup success in 1919 and the Barcelona Cup in 1922.
His crowning achievement at Love Street came in the 1926 Scottish Cup final, though, as St Mirren conquered the might of Celtic to win the famous cup for the first time in their history.
Winning was in Cochrane’s blood but his biggest task was still to come, as he looked to restore the five-time champions of England back to the top of the game.
The Scot wasted no time and immediately recruited north of the border, with Adam McLean and Tommy McInally joining compatriot David Halliday at the club, and there was an immediate improvement as the Lads finished fourth with Halliday scoring a club record 41 goals.
Cochrane gradually built a team capable of challenging for major honours, combining the local lads, including Bobby Gurney and Raich Carter, with fine Scottish imports such as Alex Hastings, Jimmy Connor and Patsy Gallacher.
But despite being a shrewd operator in the transfer market, his biggest talent, without a doubt, was the way he developed the next generation of Wearside talent, who were all acquired for the basic signing on fee of just £10.
Second place was achieved in 1934-35, but the Black Cats wouldn’t have to wait much longer until they were back on top.
And 25 league wins the following campaign saw them top the pile, as Sunderland were champions of England for the sixth time in their history.
The Lads finished eight points clear of second – Derby County – having won five more games than any other side in the division, and they scored an incredible, and unfathomable, 109 league goals.
But the FA Cup remained elusive.
Cochrane’s Lads fell at the penultimate hurdle in 1931 and at the quarter-final stage in 1933, but in 1937 they would get a shot at redemption.
And they took it.
Frank O'Donnell handed Preston North End a slender lead at the interval, but second-half goals from Bobby Gurney, Raich Carter and Eddie Burbanks won the cup, as Cochrane and his players became legends.
Only one other man has ever emulated Cochrane and lifted the Scottish Cup and FA Cup, and that didn’t work out too bad either.
Sir Alex Ferguson, you might have heard of him, and although you might not be too a familiar with Jack Ross, just remember people were saying the same thing last time a manager swapped St Mirren for Sunderland.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-05-28, 11:06 am

I have a very good feeling about the future, just seems a perfect fit

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