Villa fans swimming to these shores must forgive what they would see as the impertinence of the headline – both sets of fans know precisely which is the bigger club*, though the conclusions they reach may well differ – and look forward to the return of Jinksy.
Stuart Jinks, to give him a real name, is an old friend around here, an award-winning Who are You? interviewee and happy to come back with his forthright views whenever asked. We asked and he has delivered. His interview will appear tomorrow (update: see it now at https://safc.blog/2015/08/aston-villa-vs-sunderland-who-are-you-a-tenner-on-finishing-10th/). He has SAFC finishing 17th and feels his anti-MoN views, once a source of controversy, have been vindicated.
For now, Sunderland and Villa fans can settle for guessing the score in Saturday’s match.
As the continued presence of the ad for Personalised Football Gifts may suggest, the door is not yet closed on another season of sponsored Guess the Score prize mugs. We await a response but until we get one, the competition remains for fun only. Luckily, no one guessed 4-2 at Leicester, 1-3 vs Norwich or 6-3 vs Exeter and we had a private donor of a prize for the Swansea game.
If PFG confirms continued support, there’ll be a mug for the first reader who correctly posts the Villa-SAFC scoreline, before kickoff of course. A Villa supporter would receive a mug reflecting his or her allegiance. If we still have no sponsor, the winner must await reward in heaven.
Have a go. And Ha’way the Lads.
* The ‘my club’s bigger than yours’ debate crops up here now and then. This is an example: https://safc.blog/2011/06/what-does-the-chase-for-martinez-say-about-aston-villa/