In the depths of our despair, it seems beyond belief that interest in one small corner of Sunderland AFC’s world should suddenly perk up.
But in the wake of Tuesday night’s surrender to Aston Villa, Salut! Sunderland’s Facebook group gained three new members. Not spammers, hookers or chancers – we get applictaions from them, too – but from self-evidently genuine Sunderland supporters. We’re now nudging 750 and none, as far as we know, are hookers.
Maybe Chris Coleman should print this out, fold it with something harder curled inside and rap it over the heads of our players and, if he happens to be passing in the corridor, Martin Bain.
It is difficult to know what to say about the QPR match. Could we finally play as if our team have met longer ago than in the dressing room before the game? Can Ashley Fletcher make us all eat our words? Will the defence learn the basics of resisting crosses? Will one of our goalies look a better bet than Sixer or Monsieur Salut between the sticks?
You tell me. Be first to be right with the scoreline and, even if you support QPR, a prize shall be yours even if it’s only a mug of suitable design.
Here’s a sneak preview of what our QPR Who are You? interviewee has to say. Come back tomorrow for the full interview:
Salut! Sunderland any thoughts on Sunderland – the club, the fans, the city and region, Chris Coleman?
Ian McCullough: I have always had a soft spot for Sunderland as I have known a good few Mackem lads down the years and they’ve all been top boys who know and love their football. They also don’t claim to be the only passionate fans in the country like Newcastle do. Sunderland is a proper football club with great support and deserve a lot better than you are seeing now. This season was my first time at the Stadium of Light, and it really is a fine venue.
Afterwards my mate took me to some smashing pubs around the city and we had a great evening. For that alone I hope you stay up.
Ha’way the Lads.