Like the vast majority of Sunderland supporters, I totally condemn the moronic behaviour of a minority of individuals who purport to be supporters of our great club. They are not Sunderland supporters, and only tarnish the great reputation of the club’s support and in my view should be driven out of the club for good.
This behaviour has disappointed me much more than our play-off loss and identified another area of concern in a football club that has so many to address over the coming seasons.
However, amongst this background of three years of gloom and despondency, one bright football light has provided a regular sunny spell and a touch of class - namely Aiden McGeady.
He has reminded us that proper footballers should be able to regularly pass a ball to a teammate and as an attacking player, be able to beat a man.
I agree with many fans comments this season, that collectively over the last three years - this is the worst Sunderland team in the sixty years I have been supporting The Lads.
However, this generalisation does McGeady a great disservice and I would say he is one of the best wingers I have ever seen in a Sunderland shirt. I would put him up there with Dennis Tueart, George Mulhall, Bobby Kerr and Nicky Summerbee (amongst others).
When you think of the way he delivered in big matches: his stunning free-kicks against Portsmouth in the EFL trophy final and away at Peterborough this season.
His record of 15 or so assists this season, (including that wonderful pass to Gooch in this year’s EFL Trophy final) is outstanding - what would his figures have been had that idiot Parkinson not cast him out of the first-team squad?
Ever since we were relegated to League One, McGeady has said consistently that he has wanted to play for Sunderland and put things right; he felt he owed it to the club and the fans, and even on the eve of the play-off second leg, he saved the club a great deal of embarrassment by forfeiting his automatic contract extension. Compare that to the behaviour of Rodwell and the many other mercenaries we’ve had at the club.
Parkinson made him out to be a trouble maker, yet he kept his thoughts to himself until the worst manager in history was sacked.
Thankfully (social media and other complaining morons please note), Lee Johnson brought him straight back into the fold, and that decision alone justifies Johnson being given the chance to get us up next season.
McGeady has proven to be a true professional, and one we are proud to represent our great club.
In years to come, when we are back where we belong, we will not have too many happy memories of our time in League One, but the best memories will involve Aiden McGeady, and for that we should be extremely grateful.
Aiden McGeedy - you’re a top footballer, and a top man.