Casual visitors to this site might might not be aware that at the start of last season I made a prediction about who would suffer relegation from the Premiership and then tracked those clubs (and SAFC, of course) over the season. At the end of my final post of the series I set up a poll to see who readers thought would be relegated at the end of the coming season.
With almost four hundred votes cast you might think the results bear scrutiny. But think again. The average PL attendance is 36,000. MOTD can attract over 4 million. More than 26 million viewers watched FA Cup action on TV during last January. So a few hundred’s really small beer, especially as each reader can have three votes.
But it’s our beer. SAFC supporters’ beer, that is. Have a look at the results:
The number of votes cast for Bournemouth and Watford, and maybe also Norwich and Leicester, compared to the few cast for for Sunderland (and to a lesser extent Villa, Newcastle and even “other club(s)” [I don’t know which all of these are but do know someone chose West Ham]) leads me to think that it’s predominantly Sunderland fans who have completed the poll. Why shouldn’t it be? It’s a Sunderland website.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t want a more representative opinion.
So here’s your chance,
You, your friends, your granny, even the neighbour up the street (the one you really don’t like) can vote for their three favoured candidates for the drop. If it isn’t one of the seven listed you can choose an alternative. You can even – in fact, are encouraged to – leave a comment saying who you’ve chosen and/or why you’ve chosen a club. If it’s Sunderland don’t worry. We’ll report all votes and publish all comments unless they offend common-sense rules of decency, libel and so on. If you haven’t posted on this site before then your comments will be held for moderation but we’ll be working overtime to keep up to date.
And you, or your granny, or that annoying neighbour don’t even have to be a fan of Leicester, Watford, Norwich etc. to vote. Fans of other clubs are welcome, as are fans of SAFC who haven’t given their opinion yet.
Some time next week – probably towards the weekend – I’ll update the poll and give you the results as they stand. I might also tell you how I’m going to select and track this season’s clubs.