Should I offer a prize for the SAFC vs Southend United Guess the Score? Monsieur Salut asks himself the question and cannot decide. The prizeless Donny edition still attracted a healthy enough batch of entries and I am not yet recovered from my bout of skintness, a feeling many readers will know.
I think I shall keep you guessing, not only on the score in Saturday’s game against the Shrimpers but on whether the winner will get a mug.
If the game goes well for us, I may well relent; if we lose or only draw, only a mug should expect a gift in the post. That should serve as a tip for any Southend fan minded to enter: you’re most welcome but go for a home win scoreline if you actually want even a chance of winning a prize. Life can be unfair.
This will be M Salut’s debut at a Sunderland game this season. It’s just as well we have Pete Sixsmith and Malcolm Dawson, respectively star writer and deputy editor, at so many games, with associate editor John McCormick getting to as many as he can.
My first visit to the SoL last season brought a home win, against Fulham, so I don’t always bring bad luck. Thanks to Martin Emmerson, I also met Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett at half time and that was an added pleasure.
I envy Pete Sixsmith’s experience of the 2018-19 season so far. After all he’s put up with in recent years, an experience mitigated only by those exciting late dashes for survival, he deserves the treat of seeing the team win regularly.
As a regular absentee, following the Lads’ fortunes from afar, I probably deserve nothing. But I’d love to see a win all the same…
H’way the Lads.
* NB: if – and only if – Monsieur Salut decided he can stump up enough for a prize, be first to post the correct scoreline, have a UK delivery address and be prepared to wait until he gets around to ordering it.