Well, the season is about to start.
Let us kick off a new series of Guess the Score, the competition which sometimes sees Salut! Sunderland offering, with a straight face, a mug as the winner’s prize … and sometimes offering nothing, not even the guarantee of reward in heaven.
On Saturday, whatever team Gus Poyet has decided will see him through until further reinforcements arrive – and also pending any departures – enters the fray at the Hawthorns, not a great place for Sunderland to visit in recent seasons.
We all know a good start, namely at least a draw, is important with tough home games (Man Utd and Spurs) to follow and the trip to QPR sandwiched between them.
Monsieur Salut is considering a new supplier for mugs, and details remain unresolved, so we will make this a just-for-fun edition of Guess the Score. Baggies fans are very welcome to join in. No prize, so no need for rules.
But as a road test for the products offered by the supplier I have in mind – the key being to reduce the excessive price we have had to pay the company responsible all Salut! Sunderland mugs so far won, bought or given – I will concoct something for another competition.
Our star writer Sixer, as some may know, has been on a ground-hopping tour of the West Country and southern England. He is like a fish out of water in such parts but appears to be having a good break and will doubtless be sharing his experiences here in due course. All expenses paid? Yes, but from his teacher’s pension. Salut! Sunderland‘s finances are in a parlous state; that is nothing new but they threaten to get worse as a result of unexpected developments on the technical front.
Anyway, the question is simple enough. Identify the whereabouts …
… the first to do so correctly in Comments, preferably while also guessing Saturday’s score (that still isn’t a rule), will receive a mug from the prospective new supplier along with my request for feedback on quality.
Ha’way the Lads. Make Gus’s first post-match e-mail of the new season a happy one.