Pete Sixsmith briefly describes the high point of a radio show that resembles, for those old enough to remember, the Brains Trust. I may offer a prize mug (as well as being one), but only if the replies include a team Pete thinks would beat his. And since summer is a-coming, even UTD111 is invited to participate (the mug would be modified for a Newcastle winner provided he or she didn’t dream aloud that repeating a snippet from the wireless amounted to evidence of obsession; it’s just a spot of end-of-season fun for non-neanderthals) …
Salut Sunderland was represented on BBC Newcastle’s TotalSport on Wednesday night. Yours truly was in the studio alongside the presenter Matthew Raisbeck, the former Newcastle player John Anderson, a token Mag, Darren, and our own splendid Marco (he of the ball under Fat Burridge) down the line, as we broadcasters say, from his home in York,
They call Wednesday the Fans Forum night and there is always one of us and one of them sat round the table. We are invited to chip in whenever and we are asked specific questions about our individual clubs.
It works reasonably well, but the time allocated to the fans was squeezed between taped interviews (Cattermole and Pardew), cricket reports from a freezing Chester-le-Street, a piece on Dunston UTS and something on basketball. Add to that the news, weather and traffic there wasn’t a lot of time for me and Darren.
The programme set a task for us and for callers to pick aside from us and them to include at least three players from the other club. Of course, some Mags texted in a team made up of 11 of theirs, showing that the old arrogance is returning. Darren managed to squeeze in three between such stars as Williamson and Santon.
This was my XI
Bardsley, O’ Shea, Coloccini, Colback
Cabaye; Tiote; McClean
Mignolet; Turner; Larsson; Ben Arfa; Richardson; Taylor(S);Bendtner
But what do others think?
… please spare a thought and, if you are the match tomorrow, a chant of One Old Timer, There’s Only One Old Timer
for a very special but – we fear- terminally ill – spectator …https://safc.blog/2012/05/sing-your-hearts-out-for-old-time-safc-v-manchester-united/
And since the question is raised, here is Ben Arfa (terrific player) …
… and here is Sessegnon (terrific player) …