Salut! Sunderland is running a special competition to reflect the state of bliss in which it finds itself as it approaches two million hits – and now has an excellent prize to announce, courtesy of Hays Travel. Read on for details. As I prepared to post this item, we were 20,045 short of the milestone so expect it to be reached this month or next. Sunderland supporters have already posted excellent entries; try to outsmart them whether you support SAFC, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Scarborough (included after a tweeting mishap) or indeed anyone else …
ADD IT INSTEAD TO THE ENTRIES ALREADY POSTED BY WRITING YOUR COMMENT AT THE ARTICLE YOU SEE IF YOU CLICK ANYWHERE ON THIS SENTENCE
This was the little slice of news I was hoping for. The great Salut! Sunderland smart-alec competition has a prize sponsor.
Getting one at all was hugely welcome. Getting this one feels special.
Hays Travel, proudly the UK’s biggest independent travel agent and just as proudly Sunderland-based, has kindly agreed to put up a £200 voucher to be used against a holiday booked with the firm.
I have taken a few holidays with Hays – including the trip to India I described at Salut! North – and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. A few readers will know that John Hays and I are friends but friendship would never cause me to recommend a company’s services if I did not rate them highly.
So how do you win £200 off your next holiday? By coming up with a funny or incisive verdict on the season just ended.
Go to the original posting – https://safc.blog/2013/06/salut-sunderlands-two-million-hit-party-even-newcastle-are-invited/ – announcing the competition. You’ll see several people have already had a go; that is why I am directing new entrants to that posting so that they all appear together.
Understandably, no Mag or Smoggie has yet accepted my invitation to enter. They remain very welcome to do so and are probably aware already of Hays Travel’s presence in the North East.
Just reflect on the season recently ended and, whether you support Sunderland or Newcastle United or Boro or none of those, come up with the sentence, phrase or paragraph that seems to sum it up for you.
It might be a thought on your club, a player, the manager, the fans. It could be someone else’s one-liner that says it all for you. Use any format you choose and by all means make it a question, but limit yourselves to one thought apiece.
Be witty, be clever or get straight and bluntly to the point. I will make arbitrary selections as to the best three posted here. Do not worry if your comment does not appear immediately; there can be short delays for moderation.
I will come up with more prizes for entries placed second and third. Watch this space or somewhere quite near here …
And in the meantime, here is a repeat of some random suggestions of my own:
* SAFC’s handling of the Di Canio appointment: a model of public relations flair/the mother and father of communications cock-ups (delete as inapplicable).
* Newcastle in Europe: is it worth it if the strain of it all very nearly has you relegated?
* Wake up everyone. It’s high time we accepted horse-punching as part of the modern game.
* The simple reason Boro threw away a season that promised so much is …
* Paolo Di Canio echoes, without race of modesty, many fans’ thoughts: “I have to be honest, yes I think we would have gone down [had he not been appointed] In my opinion this team was down.”
* PDC’s man-management style is inspirational/sucks (delete or modify according to taste)
Get composing …
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