There IS a prize and you know what it is.

The start of a busy 11-day spell for Sunderland takes Jack Ross’s side to the Kassam Stadium for the second leg of this season’s home-and-away Donald derby.

Our owner’s connections and allegiance to the opponents are well known.

He and Charlie Methven, minority shareholder and executive director, have shown heartening commitment to SAFC since taking over from the absent and disillusioned Ellis Short. But both are fervent OUFC supporters and will remain so to their dying days even though they have – literally – bought into the passion and yearning for success on Wearside.

Donald and Methven’s mixed emotions will be easy to imagine as they watch on Saturday, Oxford anxious to pull clear from the bottom positions and Sunderland striving for another three points towards the promotion they set as the target for their first season in charge.

Our part in the affair, as supporters, is simpler. We just want those points – and we know it is is unlikely to be a doddle. And there are then three equally important League One games, all at home, in quick succession – Blackpool, Accringon Stanley and Gillingham on Feb 12, 15 and 19: a trio of fixtures that could define our season.

Guess the Score in the Oxford game and there’ll be a prize for the winner, whoever he or she supports. A Sunderland fan who is first to post the correct scoreline (and have a UK delivery address) will win this mug …

Enter the prize Guess the Score – whoever you support

As past winners will tell you, the winner chooses which five names appear on the shirts in the dressing room image. Pete Sixsmith, who accurately predicted the 2-0 defeat of Man City Under 21s in the Checkatrade quarterfinals, is a thoroughly modern man so chose Harvey, Hurley, McNab, Crossan and Mulhall; someone else – Paul Devine, a multiple winner – has gone for the names of family pets.

An Oxford-supporting or neutral winner would be found a suitable alternative.

Ha’way the Lads.

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13 Responses to “Oxford United vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score. Return of the Donald derby” Subscribe

  1. CSB February 5, 2019 at 9:36 am #

    Oxford 0 – 2 Sunderland.

  2. Alan Peters February 5, 2019 at 9:46 am #

    Oxford 1 sunderland 3

  3. John Mac February 5, 2019 at 11:09 am #

    2-3. It hasn’t happened for a while but it will.
    Wyke, some new bloke, Honeyman or Power.

    I’ll put all three scorers on the mug.

  4. Kevin Harris February 5, 2019 at 11:55 am #

    Safc to win 1-4 if grigg fit he’ll come off the bench to grab the last

  5. Eric012 February 5, 2019 at 12:19 pm #

    Fower nowt. Mug to be donated to Charlie Methven with my best wishes.

  6. David Miller February 5, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    5-1 to the lads.

  7. wrinkly pete February 5, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

    As I cannot be there to watch, it will of course happen – 4-3 to The Lads

  8. Phil D February 5, 2019 at 2:41 pm #

    1-0 to the Lads and SAFC gets another clean sheet.

  9. gerry mcgregor February 5, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

    1-2 to us

  10. Bill February 5, 2019 at 9:22 pm #

    2-2 to the lads

  11. Mike February 5, 2019 at 10:24 pm #

    The Lads to win 3-0, (Grigg,McGeady,Honeyman).

  12. Paul February 6, 2019 at 9:38 pm #

    Oxonian 2 Sunderland 4

  13. Mel Bond February 7, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    The eternal optimist says that Will Griggs on fire debut hatrick onien mcgeady (2) six nowt to the lads the Ross express will pick up steam said ages ago not to let Nelson go!

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