YOU’VE heard of a donkey derby – well, meet the derby donkey.
And she’s tipping Sunderland to win.
Silver the Psychic Donkey reckons the Black Cats will maul the Magpies in this weekend’s Wear/Tyne derby – as long as the players don’t make an ass of themselves.
Given the choice of eating from a bucket emblazoned with the club crests at her stable at Down on the Farm near Houghton, Silver plumped unerringly for the bucket bearing the SAFC badge.
William Weightman, who runs Down at the Farm with wife Catherine, hopes Silver is right.
“My family are all Sunderland fans and Catherine’s are all Newcastle fans,” he said.
“I hate going round to the house if we lose because I’ll get a ribbing.”
Win, lose or draw, the couple are expecting a quiet day on Sunday.
“The derby always affects us here,” said William, while Catherine revealed: “We have even had birthday parties cancelled because people want to watch the game.”
Silver joins a host of Wearside celebrities in predicting a Wearside win on Sunday.
In yesterday’s Echo, Sunderland’s Jesus Christ Superstar, Ben Forster, predicted a 3-2 Sunderland win.
TV agony aunt Denise Robertson and Frankie and the Heartstrings’ frontman Frankie Francis both forecast a 2-1 home win, while MP Sharon Hodgson settled for a draw.