Malcolm Dawson writes….Dennis Walton became the proud owner of two Sunderland inspired designer mugs, courtesy of our sponsors Personalised Football Gifts with a banker 0-0 prediction for the game against Fulham. M Salut, currently sunning himself in uptown Havana, will no doubt be in touch on his return. Gus has suggested that he won’t be picking Phillips and Quinn so I guess that means Nicky Summerbee and Alan Johnstone will not be needed either. What our current manager conveniently forgot to mention in his “stuck in the past” comments was that part of the reason that the deadly duo did so well was that we had two wide men who regularly created scoring opportunities, creative attacking fullbacks/midfielders in the shape of Mickey Gray and Julio Arca and cultured midfielders like Claudio Reyna and Stefan Schwartz playing alongside them, players who looked to move the ball forward, not just sideways and backwards.

Malcolm Dawson yearning for the days of "kick and rush"!

Malcolm Dawson yearning for the days of “kick and rush”!

The most potent we have looked all season in my opinion, was in the Derby match at the O3 arena and at the Etihad after City scored. In both of those games we had players pushing forward at pace (or what passes for pace in this current side) and looking to get into the opposition’s faces. With all the comments emanating from the Academy of Light this week suggesting Gus will stick with 3-5-2 let your head rule your heart and start your prediction – SAFC 0 to give yourself a chance. Alternatively go with your heart and suggest a scoreline where we actually find the back of the net. Burnley fans are also welcome to enter and any Claret and Blue winner will receive a mug in their team’s colours.

You could be the next No 12

You could be the next No 12

Usual rules apply – the first and only the first person to come up with correct scoreline will be deemed the winner. Any first time posters whose comment is held for moderation will not be disadvantaged as the system logs their time of entry. M Salut’s decision is final of course so multiple entries will be disqualified though as far as I know we’ve never had a problem with that yet – desirable as these mugs are.


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Born in Hetton le Hole, deputy editor Malcolm Dawson's first game at Roker Park was the three all draw with Leicester City at the beginning of the 64-65 season. Having spent more than thirty years living in the East Midlands, he was Chairman and Information Officer of the Heart of England Branch of the Supporters' Association but has now returned to live in County Durham.

24 Responses to “SAFC v Burnley Guess the Score: be first with Sunderland nil” Subscribe

  1. Malcolm Ray January 28, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    Wear gonna score – 2-0 to the lads, Defoe to show how it’s done

    • malcolm February 2, 2015 at 9:09 am #

      Congratulations Malcolm (no relation) – you are now the owner of a fabulous mug. Not only the first correct entry but the first entry of all.

      Expect M Salut to contact you as soon as he swaps his Cuban heels for his well worn pair of Green Flash sandshoes, sobers up from a surfeit of white rum and emerges from the fumes of thigh rolled mini Cubanas and Montecristos on his return from the Caribbean island.

      Government health warning – Smoking can damage your health.

  2. Bill January 28, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Sunderland 3 -1 Burnley it has got to happen sometime!!

  3. Rob Towns January 28, 2015 at 11:55 am #


  4. Andrew Harrison January 28, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    Sunderland 1 – 3 Burnley

  5. Eric012 January 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

    Four – nowt.

  6. CSB January 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    SAFC 3 – 0 Burnley…..We need a confidence boosting win and this game offers a great opportunity to get it……or is it a massive potential banana skin!!!!

    Both equally applicable to erratic Sunderland.

  7. PhilD January 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    2-1 to us. We need to beat Burnley and move away from the relegation zone

  8. Jeremy January 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    SAFC 1 Burnley 2

  9. Jeremy January 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    That was just the first part. Poyet to be gone by Sunday’s breakfast time.

    • William C January 28, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

      Jeremy, I really hope that you are right. There is just about time to salvage our PL status. Another two or three weeks and it will, in my opinion, be too late [ miracles don’t usually happen twice ]

  10. Dennis January 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    Apparently not such a “banker” this week but 0-0.

    • Dennis January 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

      Monsieur S, the tickets I bought for the replay in London will suffice for last weeks prize. Cheers.

  11. Plan B January 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    1-1 and that’s optomistic

    • Jimmy Mack January 28, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      8-0 and that’s OCTOmistic! 🙂

  12. Jeremy January 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    William. I can’t see us winning another game under him.

  13. DJob January 28, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    I think we will start well and go 2 up. Then Burnley will come at us and the game will end up 2-2.
    At least there are goals if,my,prediction is correct ????

  14. Peter Lynn January 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    4-2 win for The Lads. Why? Because I have just got back from a long drive and am not thinking clearly!

  15. Mike January 28, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    3-2 to The Lads,we’re due a good home win.

  16. Jeremy January 28, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

    Just noticed. Apologies, Malcolm. “Nicky Summerbee and Alan Johnstone will not be needed either.”

    I would happily settle for Kubicki and Scott. Two of my all time favourite SAFC players.

  17. ianoklahoma January 29, 2015 at 4:14 am #

    0-2 to burnley,they are just to good for us,,,we are crap!

  18. Paul January 29, 2015 at 11:57 am #

    A highly improbable 4 – 3 win for Sunderland.

  19. Drummer January 29, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    0-1 to Burnley , got a bad feeling about this game and I prey I’m wrong .

  20. gerry mcgregor January 29, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

    3-3 because I have no idea. Got it so wrong for a number of weeks.

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