On a mid-December day in 2016, 40,267 souls were recorded as being present when, shortly after 4pm, Patrick van Aanholt, scored the goal that proved a winner against Watford at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland have not won a home game since.
Simon Grayson has had only two SoL games in charge so can hardly be blamed for this lamentable state of affairs. David Moyes can be blamed a lot, as can our want-away ower Ellis Short and his hired-to-be-stingy chief executive Martin Bain.
Can we break this wretched duck – no home wins in a year now in its ninth month – against Sheffield United?
Have a go at guessing the score. It is another prize edition but readers should be aware that there is a minor backlog of winners awaiting their prizes from games earlier this season. There are boring reasons for the delay but I hope these to be resolved once I get back from a week’s holiday (just after this coming weekend). Apologies, nevertheless, are due to those affected.
So this, eventually, is what a Sunderland-supporting winner would receive, the design customised to his or her preference in so far as the name on the shirt is concerned.
A Sheffield United fan – or neutral – winning the prize would receive a mug reflecting his or her footballing allegiance.
The rules are simple: be right, be first to be right and provided your winning answer is posted before kickoff and you have a UK postal address, the mug is yours (eventually). My decision, however, is final.
Ha’way the Lads, and I mean ours.