Just before we get on to the business of inviting score predictions for the monumental game at Villa Park on Monday, there’s a spot of housekeeping to announce.
Salut! Sunderland can hardly claim to be acting on popular demand since so few people expressed a view either way. Of those that did, the old design for the home page of the site – subject to the change forced by Martin O’Neill’s departure – was favoured, if I remember correctly, by all except one.
So one day soon – ie when our web guru Sam gets round to it – the oval banner will go and the montage will return with the none-too-subtle substitution of one defender for another, Charlie Hurley for his boyhood admirer O’Neill. I liked both of Jake’s offerings but came to believe the oval was more appropriate as an occasional illustration, in thumbnails accompanying the home page tasters for example, than as the image that presents Salut! Sunderland to the world.
Which means it’s farewell to …
Since that bit of spring cleaning could occur without warning over the weekend, when my access to the site may be limited, it seemed best to alert readers now.
Now for the match. Lose at Villa Park and we are still in a good position to ensure salvation. Win and the job will be just about done. A draw would – or might – leave work to do.
Say below what you think will be the result. The first correct answer received before kickoff will win one of Salut! Sunderland’s famous, unmarketable mugs, the design suitably modified if the winner supports Villa.
Over to you … and look out for the Villa ‘Who are You?’ in the next day or so.
Salut! Sunderland: SAFC and Villa fans often squabble about which is the bigger club. Is it settled for you by Villa’s edge on league titles (7 vs 6), and being comfortably ahead on FA Cup wins and European competition, or does the long wait for renewed glory even it out?
Kevin Hughes, Villa-supporting ESPN contributor:
Villa all the way for me, obviously! I guess both clubs are living off past glories, somewhat, but I’m influenced by the last two decades, when Sunderland have been in and out of the Premier League a couple of times and Villa a permanent fixture. I might be wrong, but I always seem to think of Sunderland struggling at the wrong end of the table, traditionally, whereas Villa have had brighter more recent times. Obviously not currently…
Ha’way the Lads.