“Get there early” call to Roker fans

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WITH a big crowd expected at Roker Park tomorrow for Sunderland’s cup game against Reading, the club is appealing to fans to arrive early so that everyone is in the ground by the kick-off.

The turnstiles will start opening at 1.30pm and Mr Ron Linney, the club secretary, says it is in the fans’ own interest to arrive in good time.

“Recently, with low attendances, people have been able to arrive at 2.50 and get in before kick-off, but it obviously takes longer to get into the ground, when more people turn up,” he said.

2,000 Tickets Left

Ticket sales were going well, and today there were 2,000 left. But Mr Linney said that anyone putting off getting tickets until tomorrow could be disappointed unless they were at the ground early in the morning.

“If we get a rush, the tickets we have left will go like butter in the sun,” he said.

He added that he had already received some returns from Reading’s 25 per cent allocation of the 9,500 tickets and was expecting some more.

A link-up between the Hospital Broadcast Services in Sunderland and Reading will ensure that fans in hosptials in both towns will be able to follow the match move by move. The match report, will start at 2pm with interviews with personalties and fans, will also be heard by fans in Durham and South Shields hospitals.

If there’s a draw ...

One of the Reading Hospital Radio Service’s own men, Roger Ware, will be in Sunderland to help describe the scene and interview supporters.

Fans in other hospitals in the North East will also be able to hear a full-length recording of the Newcastle game against Luton.

The joint service will be repeated in Reading next Wednesday if there is a draw at Roker Park.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on February 2 1973.