Ten years ago this Christmas, Salut! Sunderland welcomed into the world little Abigail Emmerson, the daughter of Monsieur Salut’s confrère and consoeur, the BBC’s Martin Emmerson and his wife, Julia from Tyne Tees.
All was going well, two lovely sisters coming along to join the family, until Abigail, bless her soul, started going to see the team supported by successive Emmerson generations. For some weeks, the pain of Sunderland’s decline has been eased a little for some of us by a series of entertaining little Facebook clips showing Abigail and her dad chatting on matchdays. It’s been enough to make Barnes and Benno sharpen up their act.
Memo to Chris Coleman and the team: Abigail is 10 on Christmas Eve. We bet she’ll have a great birthday party anyway but think how much more fun it might if Sunderland had won a couple of games, three even, by then (quick, handy definition of ‘win’ in football terms: score at least one more goal than the other lot).
NB: do not report Martin to the social services department. Abigail’s ordeal is of her own making. Let her take up the story …
Martin Emmerson, of BBC Radio Newcastle, brought me the sad news about Ian Laws, the much-admired Sunderland Echo man who died last night (Thursday). This is his own tribute, to add to the ones already published at Salut! Sunderland and elsewhere …
It is not often that something that needs an airing here appears first at the Salut! Sunderland Facebook page (you can join the group by following this link).
This is an exception and one that deserves a wider audience. Posted from Cancun, Mexico as M Salut’s holiday nears its end, here is the mini-tribute by Martin Emmerson, from BBC Radio Newcastle and one of Salut! Sunderland’s great friends to George Summerside:
The world, for the purposes of this initiative, is restricted to the listenership of BBC Radio Newcastle, that station with a funny name but a heart, occasionally, in the right place. One of the station’s presenters,
Martin Emmerson, launches an appeal for Sunderland fans willing to express their views on air …
With the business end of the football season here once again, we’re offering Sunderland fans the chance to have their say about the team.
Why not join us for Total Sport each week night from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and have your say with Marco Gabbiadini?
We are always looking for supporters to add to our Fans’ Forum list – which we have had up and running for 10 years now – so if you’d like the chance to be a radio regular then e-mail me with your details and we’ll add you to the list.
Pete Sixsmith’s had his say. Another pal, Martin Emmerson, Sunderland through and through but working for BBC Radio N*wc****e, alerts me to his tuppence worth. Martin will be at Wigan, but fears it may be another case of a great result against top opposition followed by deep disappointment against lesser mortals. Up to the Lads to prove him wrong …
Is there life after a 9-1 drubbing?