BILLY Hughes and Vic Halom, scoring heroes of Sunderland’s FA Cup Semi-Final triumph over Arsenal, will both miss the visit to Burnley who need only one point from tonight’s game at Turf Moor to be assured of promotion.
Hughes is out with an Achilles tendon injury and Halom, who has a sore throat, is also troubled by an accumulation of minor injuries.
Manager Bob Stokoe has rearranged his formation, but in doing so he keeps within the 13-man pool who have been on call for the major Cup games.
Brian Chambers and David Young, rivals for the No. 12 spot in the Cup side, both step up into tonight’s line-up and Joe Bolton is called upon as substitute.
In the absence of Halom, Dennis Tueart will wear the No. 9 with Chambers taking over from Hughes and Young coming in at No. 11.
Attacking flair may be reduced, but Burnley should find it a little more difficult to play match winning football against a team re-enforced defensively.
The line-up is Montgomery; Malone, Guthrie; Horswill, Watson, Pitt; Kerr, Chambers, Tueart, Porterfield, Young. Sub: Bolton.
Tueart was listed among the doubtful starters after receiving a few knocks against Portsmouth on Saturday but he worked through this morning’s training session without ill-effects and was cleared for action.
Sunderland Reserves who are well placed to retain the North Midlands League title will be in action tonight, too, with a visit to Bradford City.
Their line up will be: Swinburne; Thompson, Hepworth; Ashurst, Robson, Tones; Stonach, Mitchell, Lathan, Hamilton, Kent. Sub Harrison.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on April 16 1973.