How to cope with a worry-free weekend

Eighty yards out? A hundred. Back somewhere on the banks of the Wear? You be the judge.

And while reflecting on the differing talents of Carlos Edwards and Simon Crabtree, consider also what a rare thing it is for us Sunderland fans, a nothing to lose last weekend of the season

Of course the championship is still to play for. It’s not in our hands so we must just go out and do the required job against Luton, a side already relegated.

If we do that and Birmingham falter, then we go up with the title, and that would be great.

Just forgive me for not thinking that to be promoted as champions has always been a such a fantastic thing for us. Provided we play well tomorrow, and give the travelling fans the party they deserve, I’ll be perfectly relaxed about finishing second.

Crab1_2Picture: A Love Supreme

Gaining automatic promotion has been a mighty achievement, all the mightier after our abysmal start to the season. The next hard bit is much more about how we prepare for the Premiership than which of the top two places we occupy.

Well done to all members of the squad, management and backroom staff who have played a part in the most exhilarating of all our nine promotions.

To them, and to fellow supporters wherever in the world they may be, I say this: “Enjoy Crabtree’s must-have, high octane but geographically challenged description of that Carlos goal – I’ll certainly never tire of watching it – and then work together to make sure the relegations stop at eight.”

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