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Fan Letters: SAFC fan Len wonders if there’s any chance of Jordan Henderson coming home...

Is it beyond the realms of possibility? Meanwhile, Jack and Alan talk QPR in the cup.

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Dear Roker Report,

Are people taking Bolton lightly? Their positive start has gone under the radar. I’m always fearful of promoted sides coming up with a winning mentality - they’re going to win a lot of games this season, and will arrive at Sunderland with no fear.

I think that we’ll win but I hope we’re prepared.


Ed’s Note [Martin]: I’ve not seen anything to suggest anyone’s taking Bolton lightly – they’ve had a really good start to the season and it’ll be a tough game. However, we’re at home, we’re playing well and if we have ambitions of going up we need to be winning these games. Even if there are one or two supporters taking it lightly, you can rest assured Lee Johnson will not be!

Bolton Wanderers v Rotherham United - Sky Bet League One
Bolton have had a good start to the season and will prove tough opponents tomorrow
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Dear Roker Report,

Have to say I’m delighted with the QPR cup draw - I want us to go as far as possible, and our form away in the cup is good. QPR are certainly beatable and I believe we’ll do it!

Jack Donnelly

Ed’s Note [Martin]: I was happy with it too, to be honest Jack. I wanted either Preston, Stoke or QPR so we could test ourselves against a team that is a step up from anyone else we’ve played so far. Beating QPR certainly isn’t impossible – I’m looking forward to it.

Queens Park Rangers v Everton - Carabao Cup - Third Round - Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
Former SAFC loanee Jimmy Dunne scored the decisive penalty to send QPR through against Everton
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Dear Roker Report,

I’ve just been reading some of the comments by QPR supporters on their forums (forae if you’re a pedant). They should be copied out and pinned up in the dressing room for the lads to read - I think they may generate some motivation for the cup tie.

Have a look and you’ll see what I mean.


Alan Craggs

Ed’s Note [Martin]: To be fair, I think if the situation was reversed, and we’d pulled the only League One team left in the competition at home, we’d be delighted with the draw too. They’re going to be favourites, but I suspect we’ll give them a much more difficult game than some of their fans expect.

Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland - Sky Bet Championship
If any QPR fan remembers our last trip there, they’ll certainly feel confident!
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Dear Roker Report,

Am I being naive, am I being sentimental, or is it just wishful thinking?

Does anyone think it would be a good idea to test Liverpool’s resolve and see if Jordan Henderson would be available to return “home”?

I’m sure the present-day SAFC hierarchy have the financial resources to make Liverpool an offer, and we could agree on terms to suit Jordan. I know he’s just signed a new deal, but contracts are sometimes immaterial.

It would be a great PR coup for the club, notwithstanding Jordan’s stature, influence, and experience on our developing young squad.

Anyone of a certain vintage like me may remember Dave McKay at Derby County in 1968 with Brian Clough.

Could it be a year too soon, am I being too “romantic” or is it just “pie in the sky”?


Len Smith

Ed’s Note [Martin]: I think you’re probably being a bit of all three at the moment Len! Regardless, with Luke O’Nien and Dan Neil in such good form, he wouldn’t come this season to sit on the bench, would he?! In all seriousness, it’s way down the line but if we get promoted I think there’s a chance we could see Henderson play a couple of seasons with us towards the end of his career. I’d love to see it. Jordan seems like the type of person who’d get a lot from helping SAFC back to the top flight. He’s achieved all he can at Liverpool anyway, so why not?!

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Will we see Henderson back in red and white stripes one day?
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