I had hoped to bring news that a great favourite of mine, Steed Malbranque, had today been called up for a French friendly against Italy. Shame on Didier Deschamps, the national coach. He admitted that our former midfielder’s magnificent form for Lyon had made him think; clearly not quite enough. He cited his Steed’s – 33 in January – and said: “Today, he’s a very interesting proposition but what about six months or a year from now? … [but] there are no age limits and if he maintains this standard of play I will need to reflect more deeply on the matter”. Hope they lose for want of midfield creativity!
So on to the notorious but fun Salut! Sunderland Guess the Score competition. Everton fans are welcome to take part.
Notorious because the current state of finances permits only a buy-a-mug/get-one-free prize. Fun because, well, it is fun to see Sunderland fans predict scorelines in which a figure higher than nil appears after our team’s name.
Ever confident, we’ve been looking for precedent.
The search party has been out since daybreak.
But to find that missing phenomenon – a Sunderland victory against Everton – it is necessary to think back a long way, to be precise to December 2002 when Claudio Reyna scored the winner, one of those goals of his that effectively kept us up for one more season. In fact it was the last of three successive home wins against Everton in the Premier.
And since then? Rubbish.
0-1, 1-2, 0-3 (FA Cup), 2-2, 1-7, 0-1, 0-3, 0-2, 1-1, 0-2, 2-2, 0-2, 1-1, 1-1 (FA Cup), 0-2 (Cup replay), 0-4
It is a lamentable record, one to be thoroughly ashamed of and one to be given a more upbeat look only if the team does what it hasn’t managed all season: play well for a whole game or enough of it to count.
Click on https://safc.blog/2012/11/the-everton-who-are-you-how-we-look-forward-to-playing-you/ for yet another superb ‘Who are You?’
The rules are the same as usual. Be the first to get the scoreline right – before kickoff, I hasten to add – and you have the choice between licking your thumb and running it down your lapel and buying a Martin O’Neill mug in the knowledge you’ll get a second free. A modified design will be made to the mugs sent to an Everton winner who goes for the buy-on, win-one option.