Jake: ‘with thanks to all opposing fans who participate’

Monsieur Salut introduces our annual HAWAY awards, with thanks to the supporters of all clubs played by Sunderland in league and cup this season who contributed to the series …

Cinema does it with Oscars, BAFTAs, Cannes and the rest. Pop has the Brits and Grammys. Salut! Sunderland brings you the HAWAYS, honouring the best interviews with opposing fans – the Highly Articulate Who are You? awards.

We are delighted once again to have a trio of generous sponsors. The rough-and-ready shortlist is with judges but I shall extend the process this year to allow a popular vote, using the same criteria including the fact that my suggestions are intended as no more than a guide.

So if you like the series and would like your voice to play its part in choosing winners, just follow this simple procedure in Comments below:

Name your 1st/2nd and 3rd choices

Say in one sentence,
two at most, why you made your selection

From a basic back-of-envelope calculation, we will then arrive at a decision.

In the first judge’s ratings to be received so far, there is early support – in no particular order – for entries from supporters of Swansea, Middlesbrough and Bournemouth.

If you become involved, make up your own mind – you may opt for an interview or interviews not mentioned in my shortlist (see below), remembering not least that it was drawn up before publication of the last few WAY interviewees of the season.

This summer’s prizes shall be:

* a year’s subscription
to the ever-brilliant magazine When Saturday Comes

* a voucher for £50 to spend with Classic Football Shirts

* a print from Art of Football. You’ll recall their highly individual depictions of Jermain Defoe’s winning volley against Newcastle United, Kevin Phillips and the heroes of 1973. A winner choosing this prize would naturally look more widely around Art of football’s range

All interviews for this season can been seen at this link.
But do not be bound by my list: you may remember one you really liked (they are all at )

My shortlist went as follows:

Shrewsbury


Bournemouth

Manchester City

Everton (1)

Everton (2)

QPR

Stoke City (1)


Stoke City (2)

Chelsea

Swansea City

Hull City

Middlesbrough

Plus, overlooked by me but recommended by a regular readers, David Miller: Watford

Don’t forget, invited judges and readers alike, do not treat the list as any more than few suggestions. If you recall one or more you really enjoyed more than the rest, go for them.

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