The vote, technically, is mine. But I am giving it to you, the readers of Salut! Sunderland.
I have been a member of the London and South East branch of the Sunderland AFC Supporters’ Association – click here for its home page – since quite early into my second spell of living in London; why I didn’t join the first time around remains a mystery to me but I’m still up beyond 25 years (Ian Todd, co-founder of the branch, would know for sure). These days, I spend half the year 1,000km from London but suspect it is still my nearest branch, unless one has opened up in Marseille or Paris.
And at the worst possible time – while we’re all licking our wounds after the mauling at Goodison, bringing back as it did dark memories of Bruce, Sbragia and beyond – my branch has launched its poll for Player and Young Player of the Season awards.
Over to Ian:
Although we will in due course announce the Branch result, our votes will be aggregated to those of other Branches to determine who will receive the awards at a function in Quinn’s Bar at the end of the season.
For clarification, those qualified by age as Young Player are: Jack Colback, Ji Dong- Won, James McClean, David Meyler, Ryan Noble and Connor Wickham. The deadline for submitting our results is 10.00 on Sunday 22nd April so please consider the matter and vote soon.
I will accordingly hold this posting at the top of the home page until midnight on Friday April 20 and then register my vote as a collective Salut! Sunderland one, with the branch. And I will set the ball rolling with my own nominations, posting as Kingshirker.
Give a reason for your own choices and, provided the response warrants it, I will come up with a prize for those I judge to be the best in each category.