Club pledges action on Cup ticket misuse

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SUNDERLAND Football Club is prepared to take action in any case where proof can be provided that FA Cup Final tickets have changed hands above face value.

The source will be checked and steps will be taken to ensure that the person responsible for the sales does not received a ticket again.

Chairman Keith Collings and Manager Bob Stokoe had talks on the subject today and are incensed by the assertions that Sunderland’s allocation is being misused.

Mr Stokoe said: “The only tickets issued so far have been to season ticket-holders.” And he does not believe that these people will be giving up their chances of a trip to the Wembley Final.

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His is concerned, too, at inferences that the Sunderland players and staff have any part in it. “I can tell you know that not a single ticket has so far been issued either to my players or the staff and they will not be receiving any until next week.

“If anyone buys a ticket over the odds, I would like them to bring the ticket to us and we will identify the original holder and report the matter for action.”

Such people would be rendering a service to the game and they had the club’s assurance that there would be no question of the ticket being confiscated.

Commenting on the statements made by Mr John Tennick, transport officer of Sunderland AFC Supporters Association, Mr Stokoe said: “I will be delighted to see Mr Tennick in my office at any time if he can produce proof of instances where tickets have changed hands at exorbitant prices.”

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on April 17 1973.