How many times have I lain awake in far-off parts, mobile phone by the pillow set to silent to avoid annoying Mme Salut but ready to be consulted when Pete Sixsmith’s texts arrive with news of a stream of Sunderland goals?
For some reason, I especially remember such an exercise when teams we should or must beat – Stoke City among them – are at the Stadium of Light. And I am aware of having waited in vain for any text at all.
The absence of messages is worrying in itself – has he forgotten, are they messages lost in the ether? – but it has all too often been explained by Sixer being present at a goalless draw. There may have been a desultory confirmation at final whistle but at least one if us will by then be asleep.
But I like receiving the texts whether or not I have found a way of watching or listening, not least because the view from the East Stand or some away ground is usually more instructive and tells me what I need to know about the perception among our fans. Tomorrow, it’ll be a mix of Benno and Barnes, whatever internet stream I can locate … and Sixer.
Here’s your chance to save us all the bother. Just get the scoreline right, post it below and … and you win a round of applause.
It’s another prize-free, just-for-fun Guess the Score. Have a go. And Ha’way the Lads … no need for me to spell out how big a game this is for us.