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 http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/1394?cc=5739 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:
Monsieur Salut’s decision, as ever, is final.
Check out the Newcastle United v Sunderland “Who are You?”. It’s a good read … https://safc.blog/2013/04/newcastle-united-v-safc-who-are-you-the-mag-whos-cheered-sunderland/