No one correctly guessed the score at Chelsea.
That does not mean no Salut! Sunderland reader could bring himself or herself to predict an away win: the thin entry offered 1-1, 2-2 twice, 2-0 along with 2-1 and 3-1 to Chelsea but also, heroically, “William C” with 1-0 to the Lads. I also give credit to Terry, whose forecast of 3-1 was presented as an example of reverse psychology and turned out to be one that worked.
So here it comes. The quote in the headline comes from the Cardiff “Who are You?” interviewee; his responses are already in but best held back until tomorrow (Thursday) with the game being on Sunday. It may sound like the ultimate cliche but it is both massive and something of a crunch.
I am a bag of nerves about this one. That’s the nature of being a Sunderland supporter. We know that even with Bale, Messi, Iniesta, Suarez, Gerrard, Kompany and Ronaldo on emergency loan, we could as easily blow it as snatch the ugly, fretful victory that would do perfectly nicely.
Gus Poyet is doubtless doing all in his power to prepare the Lads well for the game. Confidence should be high enough to counter anxiety after those sterling performances at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge.
The season could depend on it, as we all know, though the battle will not immediately be over whatever the outcome. More twists could come before and on May 11.
There’s a prize, as promised, even if it’s only a mug (unless someone out there wishes to sponsor a better one, maybe conditional on it being won by someone guessing a Sunderland win).
He’s saying 3-1 to Sunderland but, as sponsor of the competition, that scoreline remains open to another taker.
A few mugs are owed just now, from recent Guess the Score wins and Friends of Salut subscriptions (see below) but I am hoping to have reason to add a good-news slogan to them before placing the orders. If anyone recognises himself as a creditor and would rather have the classic mug with the Salut! Sunderland home page banner, just let me know.
The usual rules apply. First to post the correct score, before kickoff, wins. Cardiff fans and neutrals are welcome to join in – for a City winner, I’d grudgingly modify the design. Monsieur Salut’s decision shall be final.
And as the buildup continues, listen out for Pete Sixsmith, representing Salut! Sunderland on BBC Radio Newcastle this evening (Wednesday) between 6pm and 7pm in conversation with Marco Gabbiadini.
Ha’way the Lads.
And a quick reminder of another competition:
Forget Nike and its made-for-the-affluent England tops – the ‘suggested retail’ prices are defended in this US media item – and look at the ones you see featured here … you can win or buy one
Just as relics of football’s neanderthal age cause mayhem on the streets of Paris (PSG lowlife as guilty as the Chelsea variants), the equally ugly face of corporate football shows itself again with Nike asking £90 for a replica England World Cup top.
Think of what else you can get for £90 …
* four and a half lifetime subscriptions to the Friends of Salut! Sunderland
Each new subscriber receives a Salut! Sunderland mug
* at least three pints of yellow fizz, or two of decent real ale, in London
* £40 change – on the £90 you would have spent on Nike’s top – having bought both classic England tops offered by Campo Retro that you see pictured in this article.
* £90 change if you win the Campo Retro top of your choice by answering the following stinker of a question:
Which winner of the European Golden Boot was deemed not good enough to play a single minute of the Euro 2000 tournament in Belgium and the Netherlands? Don’t tell me – I was there so know – but tell Campo Retro at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will pcik the winner from millions of correct answers.
The competition deadline is midnight on April 30.
The rest of us can make a really Nike saving and buy one of the retrospective tops for £25. This is how Campo Retro, recent friends of Salut! Sunderland, puts it:
England shirt now available for £90??? Or pick up one of these classic official England retro shirts for just £25? Think I’ll be shopping at The rest of us can make a really Nike saving and buy one of the tops for £25 from www.camporetro.com.
But enter the competition as well. You may end up with one won one bought.