Another in the occasional series, and it is open to supporters of both sides – and of neither – to enter.
Guess the correct score in Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby – posting your prediction before kickoff time – and if you are the first to get it right, Salut! Sunderland will send you a Martin O’Neill mug, the design suitably amended if a Newcastle supporter wins.
Do not worry if your comment is held for moderation as Monsieur Salut begins a long journey through France. He will know when you attempted to post it. His decision will be final.
Meanwhile, go to the home page and navigate with ease to catch up on the derby build-up so far.
And go to our pages at the ESPN site – to read the latest posting, which begins like this:
To a certain kind of football supporter, notably one whose team has not won a major trophy in decades, living in the past is not an option but a necessity. For followers of Sunderland, the need is acute. As derby day approaches, most could probably tell you the joint biggest away win in the English top flight was their team’s 9-1 victory at St James’ Park. But that was in 1908 and the year tells its own story, just as my little boast that Sunderland have been English champions six times overlooks the inconvenience that half the titles came in the century before last.
… and ends by wondering whether one sure cure for stress might be to make all Wear-Tyne derby games end in draws. Though I’d prefer this eqch time …
And if you don’t want to wait to win Guess the Score ….