Don't be a mug, says Jake. Buy One, Win One

I had hoped to bring news that a great favourite of mine, Steed Malbranque, had today been called up for a French friendly against Italy. Shame on Didier Deschamps, the national coach. He admitted that our former midfielder’s magnificent form for Lyon had made him think; clearly not quite enough. He cited his Steed’s – 33 in January – and said: “Today, he’s a very interesting proposition but what about six months or a year from now? … [but] there are no age limits and if he maintains this standard of play I will need to reflect more deeply on the matter”. Hope they lose for want of midfield creativity!

So on to the notorious but fun Salut! Sunderland Guess the Score competition. Everton fans are welcome to take part.

Notorious because the current state of finances permits only a buy-a-mug/get-one-free prize. Fun because, well, it is fun to see Sunderland fans predict scorelines in which a figure higher than nil appears after our team’s name.

Ever confident, we’ve been looking for precedent.

Jake confesses: 'I do believe in bogey teams. All 15 of them'

The search party has been out since daybreak.

But to find that missing phenomenon – a Sunderland victory against Everton – it is necessary to think back a long way, to be precise to December 2002 when Claudio Reyna scored the winner, one of those goals of his that effectively kept us up for one more season. In fact it was the last of three successive home wins against Everton in the Premier.

And since then? Rubbish.

0-1, 1-2, 0-3 (FA Cup), 2-2, 1-7, 0-1, 0-3, 0-2, 1-1, 0-2, 2-2, 0-2, 1-1, 1-1 (FA Cup), 0-2 (Cup replay), 0-4

It is a lamentable record, one to be thoroughly ashamed of and one to be given a more upbeat look only if the team does what it hasn’t managed all season: play well for a whole game or enough of it to count.

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The rules are the same as usual. Be the first to get the scoreline right – before kickoff, I hasten to add – and you have the choice between licking your thumb and running it down your lapel and buying a Martin O’Neill mug in the knowledge you’ll get a second free. A modified design will be made to the mugs sent to an Everton winner who goes for the buy-on, win-one option.

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17 Responses to “Steed narrowly misses French callup PLUS Everton ‘Guess the Score’” Subscribe

  1. Goldy November 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    2-0 Everton. Gis that mug!

  2. Luke 'I'll be all right after a lie down" Harvey November 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Everton 0 SAFC 5

    • malcolm November 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

      You’ve nicked my score! I’ll have to settle for Toffees 1 – Us 5

      • malcolm November 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

        The Us being SAFC and not Colchester United!

  3. Bill Taylor November 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm #


  4. Pete Sixsmith November 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Ever the optimist, I’ll take a 1-2 scoreline.

  5. Robert Simmons November 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    It’s been a season that hasn’t gone how we expected. So we should expect defeat, so I think it’ll go the other way. SAFC wins 2-1

  6. Plan B November 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    We’ll lose 2-1, hopefully jinxed it now.

    • salutsunderland November 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      My prediction elsewhere … sorry it came true. If you want to take advantage of the buy-one win-one mug offer, let me know. You may feel you’d be a mug to accept.

      • Plan B November 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

        I’m tempted to say M Salut I think there should be a charidee donation of sorts if anyone gets a losing score correct! I finally get one right and its a defeat.

  7. salutsunderland November 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I have been wrong with just about everything so can I just say ‘Everton win or draw’ and hope I am wrong again?

  8. Bill Taylor November 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm #


  9. Eric November 9, 2012 at 7:57 am #


  10. Goldy November 9, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Reverse psychology is all I’m doing as well. Honest.

  11. Joan November 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    I agree with Goldy on both score and psychological tactics but will have to go 3-1 to Everton…

  12. Hastings Steve November 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    1-1 draw, Come ON U Mackems!

  13. CSB November 10, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    It’s time to buck the trend and fior Sunderland to rediscover their scoring form in one of the most unlikly places for us, but it will not be enough for a win, 2-2 the final score………..or of course we could get our usual Goodison drubbing……..a look at the tea leafs and
    no 2-2 it is.

    Haway me bonnie lads

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