This is not a competition as such but an auction. I thought we had a Sunderland top signed by the players then assembled under the command of Roy Keane but it turns out that it dates from the Mick McCarthy era (see the fascinating story of how it originated in the fifth comment below). Whether or not my use of “unique” is strictly correct, please bid generously …
Faithful readers of Salut! Sunderland may have guessed by now that if the site could pay enough to live on, and keep the workers (ie The National Union of Peter Sixsmith, or NUPS) from becoming restless, Monsieur Salut would give up other work like a shot and do nothing else but keep it buzzing.
Sixer, having retired from teaching, is back in the classroom, a phenomenon known to anyone familiar with the lives of retired teachers. So he might be hard to bring on board. Which would, in turn, make it tough to fill the pages.
But then nothing of the sort is likely to happen. As I was saying in a plaintive missive to all Salut! Sunderland contributors yesterday, the site might as well have closed down for the summer had it not been for Stephen Goldsmith and John McCormick and, yes, Sixer.
M Salut has been as lax as anyone; leave aside the proper reason I had for going quiet recently and I have to admit that nothing has happened with regard to SAFC to inspire me to write a word. So why should I expect others to break sweat for the site?
But here’s a classic close-season sort of jape.
Stephen Rowley, a Northern Ireland supporter encountered through the recent James McClean debate, has offered us a Sunderland top dating, he thought, from the Roy Keane era and signed by his squad. When I asked him to provide more information, he found he was mistaken; it’s from even earlier, when Mick McCarthy was the boss. Stephen tells a great story about the top’s origins in his comment below.
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I will announce a closing date later – in fact “later” has arrived and the deadline is July 31; see second comment below – and have assured Stephen that I will personally pay £25 for the top if no one bids higher. It is for a good cause which I will allow Stephen to explain:
You sound like a dyed in the wool Mackem and I was wondering if you could help me. I run a yearly charity for the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast where my mother was looked after prior to her death and I always get great support from friends but one of them brought me an article which unfortunately no one wanted as there is a dearth of Mackems in Newtownards!
He brought me a Sunderland shirt which is signed by all the players – it’s brand new so was obviously never worn by any of the players (it’s when Vardy’s were the sponsors). It’s gathering dust in my house and I was wondering if you could put the word out amongst your mates to see if anyone would be interested in it – I’m not looking for anything ridiculous for it, just a token donation to the charity.
If Mme Salut does not object, I will admit that mention of Newtownards brought back memories of a brief romance with one of its prettier products. But that’s long ago … get bidding.