Jake regrets there will be no prize for this one

Jake regrets there will be no prize for this one

How many times have I lain awake in far-off parts, mobile phone by the pillow set to silent to avoid annoying Mme Salut but ready to be consulted when Pete Sixsmith’s texts arrive with news of a stream of Sunderland goals?

For some reason, I especially remember such an exercise when teams we should or must beat – Stoke City among them – are at the Stadium of Light. And I am aware of having waited in vain for any text at all.

The absence of messages is worrying in itself – has he forgotten, are they messages lost in the ether? – but it has all too often been explained by Sixer being present at a goalless draw. There may have been a desultory confirmation at final whistle but at least one if us will by then be asleep.

Jake: 'dare i say it? This is another must-win game'

Jake: ‘dare i say it? This is another must-win game’

But I like receiving the texts whether or not I have found a way of watching or listening, not least because the view from the East Stand or some away ground is usually more instructive and tells me what I need to know about the perception among our fans. Tomorrow, it’ll be a mix of Benno and Barnes, whatever internet stream I can locate … and Sixer.

Here’s your chance to save us all the bother. Just get the scoreline right, post it below and … and you win a round of applause.

It’s another prize-free, just-for-fun Guess the Score. Have a go. And Ha’way the Lads … no need for me to spell out how big a game this is for us.

A Parisian SAFC fan goes about his daily life, M Salut, circa 2004, as seen by Matt

A Parisian SAFC fan goes about his daily life. M Salut, circa 2004, as seen by Matt

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8 Responses to “Sunderland vs Stoke City Guess the Score: be positive, be right” Subscribe

  1. Kev January 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Going for a sneaky 2-1 win

  2. CSB January 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    SAFC 2- 0 Stoke, Fletcher and Altidore to end the goal drought!

  3. Jeremy January 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    1-1. You never get a decent game against Stoke.

    I saw the Stoke v Liverpool game a couple of weeks ago and it was a fantastic game. That will be it for the next 60 years. First time I’ve ever seen a good game involving Stoke with anybody but don’t predict anything other than a dour encounter tomorrow night.

    • salutsunderland January 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

      Sixer and I saw the birth of dreary, come for a draw football or so it seemed – 0-0 vs Stoke at Roker Park in 1963. We couldn’t break them down.They finished top, we missed promotion on goal difference after losing at home to Chelsea, who also went up, in our last game

      Tomorrow? I will go for a bold 3-1 without actually believing it will happen

  4. Eric012 January 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    I seem to remember I went to this game because Stan Matthews was supposed to play. Needless to say he didn’t.

  5. Pete Sixsmith January 28, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    1-0 with Borini putting down the Potters.

  6. Michael January 29, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    3 -0 Fletcher hat trick

  7. Joan January 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Based on my (great-) nephew Louis’ favourite players I’ll go for Johnson & Borini to give us a 2-1 win

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