Hail the return of Guess the Score in prize format – Monsieur Salut is in a slightly better mood this week despite the defeat at Burton Albion – and all readers, Rochdale fans included, are invited to take part.

A Sunderland-supporting winner, that is to say a SAFC fan correctly predicting the result of Saturday’s game, will receive a mug that looks a little like this …

The SAFC dressing room mug

You can guess by looking at the photo how it works even if, unlike some of our faithful readers, you haven’t already got a cupboard full of the mugs.

Five names appear and you choose what you want them to be. You can ask for yours and your loved ones’ names, even your dog’s, to adorn the shirts. Or you may want to select Sunderland stars of the past or present. One winner, Chris Boyle, mischievously asked for a mug containing a rogues’ gallery: Short, Bain, Moyes, Byrne and De Fanti. I hate to think what he pours into it.

The lower the league we play in, the more complicated it gets if an opposing supporter wins, but he or she would receive a suitable alternative. Rules are simple: be first to be right and have a UK delivery address. No one I can think of – not even my fellow toilers at Salut! Sunderland – is ineligible.

Jake, illustrating for Salut! Sunderland from deepest Spain when not fronting his trio Murder Valley

Can the mini-slump, as I have seen it described, end on Saturday? Rochdale at home is what would once have been called a banker. But will we gift them the usual dream start every visitor to the SoL has come to expect? Will we fail to keep Ian Henderson quiet (his three goals against Gillingham at the weekend included the League One “goal of the week” in a report I saw)?

This is a big test of all that early hope. Another bad result, even a draw, could turn the distant jingle of alarm bells into a thunderous cacophony though it is worth noting that we remain in fourth place despite dropping seven points in three games.

My Pompey-supporting pal in Paris, Peter Allen, still reckons the title will be decided when we play his team in the penultimate game of the season but since Portsmouth are top, he can afford to be kind.

Have a go. Guess the Score. And Ha’way the Lads.

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20 Responses to “Sunderland vs Rochdale prize Guess the Score. Keep Henderson quiet, Lads” Subscribe

  1. CSB September 18, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    It has to be…….

    Sunderland 4 – 1 Rochdale,

    no clean sheet but a welcome return to winning ways

    • salutsunderland September 22, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

      There we go. The winner – and he wins rather a lot

    • Eric012 September 22, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

      First entry scoops the pot -or at least the mug. Rock on CSB

  2. Bill September 18, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    3-1 to the lads

  3. John Mac September 18, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    Because I can and one day we will.

    Maja and McGeady

  4. Terry September 18, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    Try again. A 2-1 home win.

  5. Phil D September 18, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    1-0 to Sunderland. Back to our winning ways.

  6. David Miller September 18, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    I think 2-1 to the lads, I would dearly love a clean sheet mind.

  7. Malcolm Ray September 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    3-0 Sunderland win with a clean sheet but any win will do

  8. wrinkley pete September 18, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    We bounce back with a win but still cannot defend for toffee.
    Thus 4-3 to The Lads.

  9. malcolm September 19, 2018 at 12:42 am #


    McLaughlin opens the scoring with a hopeful punt which takes a wicked bounce that loops over the keeper’s head.

    Sinclair then side foots home from the six yard line after a mazy Gooch run. Loovens gets his head on a corner and though it is blocked Maja prods home.

    Into the second half and Oviedo hits the sweet spot from 27 yards and finds the top corner.

    Then the Rochdale full back mistimes a back pass which evades the hapless keeper for the fifth in an action replay of Bishop’s goal at Tow Law earlier this evening and finally, Flanagan finishes the game with a header from a free kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

    Gary Bennett however is still (shall we say) a little concerned that we are giving the ball away when under no pressure and the care staff decide that I am too delusional to be let out on my own.

  10. Adam Mcloughlin September 19, 2018 at 9:17 am #

    3-1 to the MACKEMS

  11. Paul September 19, 2018 at 11:13 am #

    4-0 home win

  12. Eric012 September 19, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    Sod it my normal fower nowt has been snaffled by Paul. So it has to be a nap hand. Five nowt.

  13. Edward September 20, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    Having failed in every guess since Adam was a lad, I’ll go for 3-2 to us. 🙂

  14. Mel Bond September 21, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    The eternal optimist says my usuals have gone so why not think big 8-0 to the lads

  15. Mike September 21, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    The Lads to win 4-2, this time we relax late on and concede two.

  16. Eric012 September 22, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    I make It still ELEVEN possible winners!!

  17. Eric012 September 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    4 entries bite the dust.

  18. Eric012 September 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    3 possible winners – sadly not me.

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