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Smug satisfaction or party like there’s no tomorrow at demise of Sunderland?

4 years ago
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We see so many articles where the writer talks about Sunderland, only for the comments section to say stuff like ‘nothing to do with us, should not be on this website’

Well forgive me and feel free to skip this but the first few paragraphs of this will speak about them and their loyal long suffering followers!

Hands up if you remember about 11 months ago when about 40,000 of them partied to oblivion as a clearly flip flop wearing Everton team were beaten 3-0 and we were condemned to the Championship, oh how they laughed, oh how they mocked.

They like many others were convinced that their future was bright, while we would lose Rafa  and be confined to a future of absolute mediocrity.

They extolled the TV riches of the Premier League and how they would march on to challenge the top 10, meanwhile the poverty stricken Championship would prove too good for us and SJP would soon become home to nothingness.

Hands up if you remember the same party they had back in 2009 when again they stayed up at our expense, the parties and celebrations they had lasted as long as the supermarkets stocked Ace Lager!

Now I’m not for one moment suggesting the job is done from our point of view, but it surely will be soon, first or second I care not, let’s get up and give Rafa the tools to succeed!

Oh yeah, back to them down the road, we can show we are better people by just taking smug satisfaction at their demise (defeat to Leicester last night means one point from last 18, no goals scored, now eight points from safety with eight games left) or we can party like there is no tomorrow, either way it’s going to be so good to just have that choice!

One noticeable difference between us and them is they have very little in tangible assets to pass off to the likes of Spurs, Liverpool etc, except maybe the goalkeeper who is very good I hear, practice does indeed make perfect.

Sticking with them and now their manager, in my eyes ( and I’m waiting for the comments) this spat with the BBC reporter is being massively over-dramatised, clearly it can be heard that it was said tongue in cheek, indeed even the reporter is heard to laugh. Yes it was stupid but the reaction has been ridiculous, shall we all just stand blank faced with mouths shut so we don’t risk offending somebody.

It was a silly thing to say, he has apologised so let’s just move on and get over it.

Back to matters in hand of importance and tonight it is little Burton Albion who will next grace the SJP turf, again another potential banana skin as they proved against Huddersfield last Saturday. I don’t care if we win 1-0 or 10-0, the three points is all that matters and I am confident we will get them.

Jumping ahead to next Saturday and it’s Sheffield Wednesday, a ground where traditionally Newcastle have taken huge followings, one of my first away games back in about 1980 showed me what following Newcastle is all about as over 10,000 made the trip to Hillsborough.

A few times since then the away support as even topped that, but this time South Yorkshire Police have got involved and limited us to a fraction of what we could take, a ground that holds just short of 40,000 will have a full house of about 34,000 there, again ridiculous, not even going to mention the astronomical ticket price SWFC have charged us as well, criminal!

All that matters is get the points, the games are running out fast, and I reckon about three more wins will nearly be enough, good times may be coming our way in the not too distant future.

More hats off to the excellent work that is continuing to be done by the Gallowgate Flags group, the efforts should be applauded and I am looking forward to seeing the surfer flags planned for the Gallowgate corners.

Enjoy tonight…hopefully

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