Pete Lynn, aka Wrinkly Pete, writes: Phil Clarke*, is my nephew and, sad to tell, a lifelong Bristol City fan even though his origins, like mine, are in Sunderland. I did my best to persuade Phil to abandon the Robins for the Black Cats last season when he and his youngest son Red made their first ever trip to the Stadium Of Light. Before the match, the family visited the shop where my parents – Phil’s grandparents – met, without which meeting none of them would exist! Best not to dwell on the game itself, as the Lads were Gabbiadinied by Southampton … what follows is a good read made all the better by a wonderful Martin Scott anecdote …
Since the Ipswich debacle, Sunderland have been unbeaten. That is the good news, the bad being that we still cannot win and the worse being that we seldom look like doing so.
Another international break, another chance to catch up on our favourites for the promotion and playoff places.
You might remember they were, in no particular order, Fulham, Leeds, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland. How have they done?