Crikey. You pushed away the turkey and Christmas pud, took off your funny paper hat and interrupted the Queen’s Speech, Frozen or Paul O’Grady (what, no Morecambe and Wise?) to step inside the pages of Salut! Sunderland.
Well, you know what to do if you’d like to check out our buildup to the Boxing Day match at Old Trafford. Just go to the home page and navigate with ease towards Guess the Score, the Manchester United “Who are You?”, a reminder of Sixer’s superb report from our 1-0 victory in May 2014 and more …
But what if you just wondered whether we’d bother to say Happy Christmas?
There are, in fact, nearly 3.3 million reasons to do so. That is the the number of visits to this modest site since it launched at the beginning of 2007.
Salut! Sunderland is a proud offshoot of Salut! (“Colin Randall on France, current affairs, travel, the media – and more besides”) and cousin of Salut! Live (folk music and that sort of thing) and Salut! North (North East nostalgia).
It exists because people like Sixer, Malcolm Dawson, John McCormick, Jake, Wrinkly Pete, Ken Gambles, Bob Chapman, Rob Hutchison and Hayley Penman (keep it coming, Hayley, and delighted the club recognised your recent 12th birthday) write, draw or edit for it. Not to mention all those I have probably overlooked.
It also exists because there are just enough advertisers to keep costs down and sponsors to keep competitions interesting.
But most of all it is here because of you, the readers. Your support is magnificent and deeply appreciated.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL