To cries of “fix”, Joan Dawson walks off with the prize mug in the Name Sam’s Column competition.
The doom-laden entrants, at Facebook and Twitter in particular, just didn’t get Monsieur Salut’s ruling that unduly pessimistic titles would clash with the spirit of Salut! Sunderland. Of course we’ll criticise and grow despondent if things do not work out; for now, though, Sam Allardyce is our manager and he deserves, as of right, our support.
That is why Joan’s simple but smart SA’s Essay won and Allarbyes – also clever, but downbeat before the man even starts – did not. Geoff Mangan was distraught at the lack of even a mention in dispatches for his Allerbytes so here’s his recompense: it was good but not quite as good as Joan’s.
And now we have to guess the score all over again.
Can Big Sam get Sunderland’s Allardyce era off to a winning start? Must we wait until the Wear-Tyne derby and that new tradition of New Manager Beating the Mags? A repeat of last season’s draw?
The players who represent their countries are back with different tales of what they got up to. Steven Fletcher left the pitch looking like a heavily pregnant father-to-be with a beard, match ball stuffed up his top after grabbing another Scotland hat trick while John O’Shea was ruing his red card in Ireland’s defeat against Poland.
Let us hope everyone is fired up for the latest Sunderland game to be billed as crucial.
There’s another mug up for grabs – courtesy of our sponsors Personalised Football Gifts – and the rules are the same as ever: first to post the correct score, before kickoff, wins. A Baggies supporter who got it right would receive a mug with a suitably altered design but whoever wins must have a UK delivery address.
Ha’way the Lads.