J ohn McCormick writes:

It was a special day.

At about half three I was in the Liverpool Women’s hospital, holding my new-born granddaughter.

“It’s been a good weekend,” I said to Peter, my Blackburn-season-ticket-holding-son-in-law.

“Yes”, he said. “Before Leeds I said all we needed was three points and a baby”.

“Three points and a baby. That’ll do me,”  I thought.

And I hoped like hell, as we drove home, trying to hear the radio above the noise of grandma and auntie Helen in the back, that that’s what it would be.

Jake modestly presents his new word: it is the generic title for however many post-match emails we see from Dick*

Jake modestly presents his new word: it is the generic title for however many post-match emails we see from Dick*

 

And it was.

A special day.

Even Dick thinks so, as he lets Colin, and maybe one or two others, know.

But, believe me, good as Jermain Defoe’s strike was, becoming a grandad for the first time is better:

 

Dear Colin,

Please pass on my congratulations to John. I understand why he couldn’t be there and I forgive him.

The work rate and effort was fantastic; I always say if you put the effort in and work hard you get the results.

It was a difficult game but we deserved to win it because we were the much better side and applied pressure from the off.

Jermain [Defoe] worked himself very hard; it’s the first time I’ve seen Billy Jones play and I take my hat off to him after that performance today.

We were just waiting for the goal, we were creating chance after chance and really putting Newcastle under pressure and then with that little bit of luck came that shot from Defoe.

Jake: 'nowt wrong with route one'

To win five in a row is great; but we need to think about the present, now what is important is the three points and now we have to build on this when we face Crystal Palace.

The fans were terrific; they were so excited, it gave me a special feeling. I’m happy for my team and the players, but even happier for the fans.

When we arrived at the ground you could feel a special atmosphere and that was there all the way up to the final whistle.

And happy, happy birthday, Hazel. Born on the day we did five in a row.

Thanks for your support,

Dick Advocaat

 

Join the Salut! Sunderland Facebook group – click anywhere along this line

 

Dick Advocaat, by Jake

Dick Advocaat, by Jake

And follow us on Twitter: @salutsunderland … click along this line

Click anywhere on this sentence for a glance at the home page – and highlights of all the most recent articles …

Jake flags the new feature allowing you to have your say on topic or off

Tags: , ,

Salut! Sunderland is written, illustrated and edited by - and principally for - supporters of Sunderland AFC. The site aims to be sufficiently literate and entertaining to appeal to people who do not follow SAFC but enjoy good football writing.

5 Responses to “Advochaat: three points and a baby” Subscribe

  1. Gary Hudson April 5, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    What a great day. The buzz was back in abundance. Importantly three points gained and not insignificantly five in a row against the neighbours. The Mags must be wondering what’s happened to create such a turnaround to burst their arrogance in this fixture.

    Perhaps just as importantly we’ve undoubtedly knocked back the growing confidence of the five teams immediately around us.

    Great day.

    Thanks Dick

  2. Ifos April 5, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    No offence, but Defoe’s strike, to beat the mags for a fifth time is very rare, another grandchild will be along, eventually!
    I speak as one who has never lived down telling my, in labour, wife that Bridges had just scored to beat crystal palace 1-0. I thought it was important. Apparently I was wrong.

    • John Mac April 5, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

      You weren’t wrong but one generation removed is different.
      I hope another grandchild will come along.
      Yes or no, I can bounce this one on my knee and tell her of the day she was born.
      We live for such days

      • salutsunderland April 6, 2015 at 8:05 am #

        Great day for you and your family, John, and, of course, a great day for the SAFC family.

  3. Keith Hutton Africa April 6, 2015 at 7:10 am #

    A beautiful insight into Dick Advocaat, obviously a very caring and well grounded human being, who understands the passion of football but sensible enough to know there ate far more important things in life. He appears to understand the area and I’m sure he will give his everything to make us successful in the time he is with us. He will inspire the players to give their best and we can ask no more than that

Leave a Reply

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team (in the League Cup): Sheffield Wednesday

Promotion at first attempt!

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith wrote about Sheffield Wednesday last season, as you no doubt remember. Today he makes a brief […]

Stoke City, the U23s and the Hetton Irregulars. What more could you want on a Monday Night?

Salut Banner4(featured image)

As soon as Pete Sixsmith and the trusty Mazda returned from Luton he was under the bonnet, checking the oil, […]

Sheffield Wednesday Who are You?: ‘League One might be good for you. We should know’

Jake: 'back on the Wembley trail?'

Monsieur Salut writes: at around this time last season, Dave Briggs* gave us some great responses as a Sheffield Wednesday […]

SAFC vs Sheffield Wednesday prize Guess the Score: we’re the underdogs

Guess the Reading-SAFC score and you could win a mug - whoever you support

It is a fact of life as we find it, says Monsieur Salut. Sunderland start the Carabao Cup tie (league […]

After a four-point start to the season, it is time for the carping to stop?

Luton A FT

Three references to the approach some Sunderland supporters adopt towards their club caught the eye yesterday and today, says Monsieur […]

A Long and Winding Road leads to Luton Town and a hard fought draw

Sixer'sSoapbox(featured image)

John McCormick writes: I woke up this morning feeling fine and decided that, as Pete Sixsmith had introduced a musical theme […]