Your Football Echo is closing, going online after 106 years covering Sunderland

The most famous Football Echo of all, celebrating the 1973 FA Cup Final win

The most famous Football Echo of all, celebrating the 1973 FA Cup Final win

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THE Football Echo is to go online in the new year.

The Football Echo will be printed for the final time on December 29, 106 years after it began in 1907.

However, the “Pink” will then move online and will include many of the regular features.

It will be available on Saturday evenings following the full-time whistle.

Sunderland Echo editor John Szymanski said: “The Football Echo has been part of the fabric of sporting life in Sunderland for more than a century.

“It has followed the fortunes of Sunderland AFC through many highs and lows – from being league champions twice and FA Cup winners twice, to the club’s first relegation in 1958. That ended a 68-year stay in the top division – and the Football Echo went white with shock!

“It is still a great paper that we are very proud of. However, technology has moved on, match times have as well with around half of Sunderland’s games not being at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon – and so we have to move on too.

“We hope that moving online, giving it more immediacy after games, ability to update it at a moment’s notice, and making it free, will open the Football Echo up to a much wider audience.

“We are drawing up plans to make the final print version of the Football Echo a great keepsake for fans – aiming to go out with a bang, not a whimper, to mark its place in the city’s sporting history.

“We want fans to send us their favourite memories of the Football Echo, tell us how it played a part in their lives and help us to celebrate a great publication.”