Tony Gillan: Are Sunderland supporters up for the FA Cup with Burnley?
Hey doctor, get me a cure for cup fever!
Third round magic is upon us once more.
Burnley visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday for the tie. Tickets are available from as little as a fiver and fair weather is expected.
But I’m afraid that the allure begins and ends there.
Rarely have I been less interested in the FA Cup than in 2017.
It is difficult to be animated when you don’t expect to recognise a single name or face in Burnley’s line-up.
Lack of interest is propagated further if you don’t expect to know many of the Sunderland players either.
Nevertheless I will be among the trickle in attendance.
I might even augment the excitement by taking my new flask.
I hope that Sunderland win then land a home draw against Stourbridge in the fourth round. I don’t ask for much and defeat would wash over us in the current climate.
But oh please; don’t let there be a replay.
Apologies if I have inadvertently whipped you into a cup frenzy.