Win on Sunday and, as we all know, at least one more Wembley date beckons.
Some pragmatic supporters feel that having had our day of pride, competing on equal terms with one of the best teams in the world so that they were time-wasting shamelessly before the undeserved third goal, we should settle for an FA Cup exit now and focus on survival.
Other people would agree except that it would mean a third defeat this season to Steve Bruce. And plenty have simply acquired the taste for Wembley.
Here’s a chance to guess the score. I am not offering a prize this time so enter just for fun, whether you support Sunderland or Hull or neither.
Thanks once again to Raich Carter junior for a smashing “Who are You?” interview, well received by both sets of supporters here and at the Hull pages of Not606.com. Thanks, too, to Gary Clark, twice an interviewee in the series, for the introduction to Raich.
This is how I wrote about it at ESPN in a piece I headlined “Ghost of shared hero haunts Sunderland and Hull’s Wembley bid”: http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/2924?cc=5739
Here’s an extract from our “Who are You?” questionnaire. No one should need reminding that Raich senior was Sunderland-born and captained the 1936 First Division and 1937 FA Cup winning SAFC sides before playing for and also managing Hull …
Salut! Sunderland: What are your own memories of your dad, as a player and father and man, and his own presumably divided allegiances?
My father was very self confident about all things to do with football, he used to hold the Hull City boardroom captivated with his insights and anecdotes after matches, holding fort with the sports writers who lapped up what he said. His stock phrase in those days, when asked about the match was always ‘bloody rubbish. No one on that pitch could kick my backside!’
Ha’way the Lads, SAFC lads that is. Monsieur Salut thinks the battle against relegation can be fought alongside morale-boosting further cup progress.
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