Jake: 'here's one I made earlier'

Jake: ‘here’s one I made earlier’

Monsieur Salut briefly forgets how poor he feels just now and digs ever deeper in a desperate attempt to inspire a Sunderland win …

What could possibly be better than winning a prize mug from Salut! Sunderland? Right first time: two prize mugs. And what could possibly be a safer bet than to offer any prize at all that depends on a Sunderland win? Answers on a postcard to Mr D Moyes c/o the Stadium of Light, Millennium Way, Sunderland, SR5 1SU.

Most of our loyal army of optimists went for a Sunderland win at Southampton. No one correctly predicted a 1-0 defeat.

That means the mug (I have actually paid for the thing) is still up for grabs. The first to post the scoreline before kickoff will win it, with an Arsenal design if the winner is a Gooner. In either case, I can get it sent only to a UK address.

But if you correctly predict a Sunderland victory, I will double the prize (and just make Sixer wait a bit longer for the money I owe him) and make it two. Arsenal fans are probably too well-heeled to need such handouts, but qualify for the double prize, too, on the same terms.

The winner gets glory - and a prize

Imagine the joy if someone, anyone won two

What does Monsieur Salut think? Well one way or the other, I have seen nearly every game so far but this will be my first stadium visit since returning from France. I’ll be at Bournemouth, too, and if I am really honest, I do not expect to see us pick up a single point from either.

But I naturally want to be proved wrong. If relegation looks more and more likely, it is not a done deal and won’t be for some time. Points, however unexpected, would lift morale enormously and also give us hope.

At the very least, we need to start looking as respectable as is possible at or near the bottom of the table and that means we must stop thinking of beating Derby’s lowest point record of 11 as some sort of target for the season.

So Ha’way the Lads. As a Southampton blogger, Chris Rann put it at Twitter: “… fantastic support. They deserve better than they are getting at the moment.” Time for that support to be rewarded.

PS We were let down for the Arsenal ‘Who are You?’ – the blogger who promised to do the honours then promptly forgot all about it and ran out of time – and feared the worst. But Tony Merakli, editor of the Gunnersphere stepped in at the last minute and his interview will appear later today.

M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake

M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake

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14 Responses to “Arsenal Guess the Score: double prize for winning entry predicting SAFC victory” Subscribe

  1. Robbo October 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    I predict a flukey 1-0 win to SAFC…..93rd minute goal by Rodwell!

  2. William C October 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    SAFC 2 Gunners 1 – A triumph of hope over expectation!

  3. Paul October 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    2-0 home win.

  4. Phil D. October 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    The Lads 1 – The Gooners 2
    I can’t see us getting anything.

  5. Eric012 October 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    My son is currently playing a footy game where Sunderland actually win, something from the realms of fantasy no doubt. Not even the lure of 2 mugs (ambidextrous tea drinking?) could make me predict a home win. Us 0 Gunners more.

  6. Bill H October 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    3-2 to the lads

  7. david miller October 27, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    On the basis I’ve won 2 mugs before, but only received one, I don’t care if I win….but our predictions now need to be tempered with the hard hammer of angst….

    SAFC 1 Overpaid Nonces 5.

    • salutsunderland October 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

      David: if I have genuinely failed to send a prize, please remind me by email – you have my address, I think, but if not use salutsunderland@gmail.com and itc shall be remedied

      • david miller October 28, 2016 at 9:21 am #

        Don’t worry about it mate; I’m afraid a number of (packaged) items sent to the address in question never turned up.

  8. Mike October 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    The Lads to win 3-1, a way to go yet.

  9. wrinkly pete October 27, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    This is heaven sent for my 3-3 prediction.

  10. Rob October 27, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

    A one a piece draw.

  11. CSB October 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    SAFC 3 – 2 Arsenal…..but then maybe we just get thumped!!!!

  12. gerry mcgregor October 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    0-4 to the Arse We can’t score, can’t defend

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