Paul Summerside doesn’t mince his words. He calls himself a ‘lapsed SAFC fan’ but is one of 20,000+ longing to resume active support. Ellis Short and Martin Bain may throw up their arms in proclaimed innocence, but what can either of them actually offer those who can take no more? As ever, the pages of Salut Sunderland are open to the owner and/or chief executive. As ever, don’t hold your breath …
At church this morning, the crew of Fulwell 73 (oh the irony) were filming for a forthcoming documentary on this season at SAFC, called Keep the Faith.
This particluar section dealt with the links between SAFC, and its chaplain, Father Marc.
It got me thinking about the similarities and parallels there are in “keeping both faiths”.
Every week, a group of dedicated believers assemble to worship. We enter with hope, we are given a programme, we sing songs, we pray and we sit and stand at appropriate times. Some leave early but we ALL believe in miracles.
A prayer was said by Father Marc Lyden-Smith today for SAFC. Yes, it really is that bad!
However, having witnessed the events of the last three years, I fear our beloved club has finally used up its quota of miracles.
Today is the first day of Lent, the time when Jesus walked into the wilderness (and how I wish Ellis Short would!).
Barring a further miracle, footballing wilderness is what lies ahead for us.
But Keep the Faith….for faith and hope are truly all we have left.