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We said the prize could go to a supporter of either league cup final side and Simon Curtis, our Man City guest in the “Who are You?” hot seat, was the winner.
Simon, a past prize-winner in the annual “Who are You?” awards, loyally but also, sad to relate, correctly predicted 3-1 to his team and wins the Campo Retro shirt.
His pre-match interview was his usual mixture of wit, wisdom and nostalgia and can be found at https://safc.blog/2014/02/manchester-city-who-are-you-1973-memories-make-hairs-stand-on-end/
This is “our bit” from Simon’s match report at ESPN:
So when Sunderland, backed by their magnificent supporters, play a half of immaculate anti-City football, closing space, unleashing energy, eating up turf, there is time and room to stop, think, ponder and realise: City are still just the same. Just the same agony and embarrassment. One-nil down at halftime to a team of limited talent playing on the absolute fringes of their potential. Spot on. Playing as if their lives depend on it, backed by a wall of noise with a strange accent. Good luck to them.
And here’s “their bit” from my own report at the same place:
It took two magnificent strikes to change the game so dramatically. The first, from Yaya Toure, was outstanding, but I have rarely seen a ball hit so well as Samir Nasri managed a minute later. The City fans — sedate, outclassed and out-sung by the red and white hordes who seemed to dominate neutral areas as well as their own section — found their voice at last. The face of a blue-scarfed girl, just in front of me, lit up; she had been a model of teenage sullenness throughout the first half.
Simon should receive his prize before too long.
Catch our full post-Wembley coverage, from Sixer’s inimitable matchday travelogue and report – https://safc.blog/2014/03/proud-to-be-a-sunderland-supporter-proud-to-present-sixers-wembley-report/ – to the tale of the Tory MP who offered a profuse apology via these pages to the Sunderland supporters he mightily offended with his comments on eve-of-final events in Covent Garden.