Newcastle United v Sunderland: 9-1 to SAFC unlikely but Guess the Score

'But the book's cheaper than a mug,' protests Jake
‘But the book’s cheaper than a mug,’ protests Jake

Thanks to the combined forces of Twitter and ESPN, Salut! Sunderland has an Evertonian lined up for the game after the Tyne-Wear derby, plus two willing hands for next season and also a spare Mag for next season IF ….

And at ESPN I have given another outing to the story of Big Jim and the second of the 2-1 St James’ Park victories back in the dayts of Reid, Phillips and Quinn. Jim’s an American pal intrduced by me to the special nature of Sunderland beating Newcastle.

His description to his girlfriend of Tommy Sorensen’s save of Alan Shearer’s penalty remains priceles:

“Gee it was fun,” said Big Jim. “England’s hot shot had a free hit on goal from 10 feet and the stopper blocked it.”

The piece – “The Day an American Shared Sunderland Joy in Newcastle” – can be seen at but this is an extract relevant to this week’s Guess the Score competition:

There’ll be plenty of predictions when I write more about the derby at Salut! Sunderland and invite readers to guess the score. Most Sunderland fans will act on loyalty and go for an away win or a draw. Lurking Magpies will suggest a home romp.

Just to show I am not afraid to offer some sort of forecast myself, you may take it from me the match will not finish Newcastle United 1, Sunderland 9. It is a prediction I make often, and I have yet to be proved wrong. But in the event of any away win at all, I expect Jim to raise a glass.

Now over the the Salut! Sunderland jury. And any stray Newcastle fans who want to have a go. Be the first to post the correct scoreline before kickoff and you’ll win a prize. No messing around with mugs this time or promises to amend the design if a Mag wins.

The winning entry, if there is one, will earner someone a prize appropriate to both sets of fans … this book, Ian Black’s Geordies Vs Mackems: v. 2: Why Tyneside is Better Than Wearside & Why Wearside is Better Than Tyneside:

geordies v mackemsAnd if you cannot wait to win, you can buy it at a knockdown price at Salut! Sunderland‘s Amazon link:

Monsieur Salut’s decision, as ever, is final.

'Pressure, what pressure?', asks Jake.
‘Pressure, what pressure?’, asks Jake.
Check out the Newcastle United v Sunderland “Who are You?”. It’s a good read …

Monsieur Salut, by Matt
Monsieur Salut, by Matt

23 thoughts on “Newcastle United v Sunderland: 9-1 to SAFC unlikely but Guess the Score”

  1. CSB April 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Spot on Phil, you get two dozen MON mugs!

    Eric012 April 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Phil you should buy a lottery ticket asap. Enjoy your book, you deserve it.

    The plaudits (although welcome) are, totally, undeserved.

    I thought Graham would score two!

  2. Hey, I was right!

    The men, in the white coats, need to wait a little longer!

    Changing the subject (or not as the case may be) I must say that I’m impressed with PDC’s style of football.

    Press high and deny the other side the ball.

    Surely, that is the way we should have been playing all season?

    Why have we not been doing that -with the same players?

  3. Newcastle 1 Sunderland 2

    I think the PDC affect will boost the players a bit, and just enough to do the job and nick 3 pts.
    Man for man , Newcastle are a better team, but a midweek game v Benfica might bring them some tiredness, plus the PDC affect and a more positive approach from the lads where we actually make runs and get into their box.

  4. I’ve, always, worried about “derby” games (since 1962) because of the loss of face/bragging rights that hang on the results.

    Some supporters are full of bluster and bravado only for their words to come back and haunt them, but I’ve never gone down that road by forecasting results.

    So, I’m not about to change tack (or wasn’t) until, for no apparent reason, the result flashed into my head – Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3.

    I will await the arrival of the men in white coats – cocoa is a wonderful drink!

  5. 1-9, Whickham 3, Sessegnon s, Bardsley, Vaughan, Johnson, Mignolet (pen).
    Failing that, 1-1, with Ameobi Senior equalising with his traemark backside brush in the 97th minute.

  6. It’s a shame that this game couldn’t be for a Champions League spot or even the PL itself instead of a relegation battle. Still a win to the Toon and finishing higher will do for now. I really hope you SMBs don’t go down if you do will miss the banter.

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