Give-us-a-break plea by Stokoe

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THAT Wembley triumph in the FA Cup Final brought national and international acclaim for Sunderland and Manager Bob Stokoe, but it has also brought problems for the man who has the task of planning the promotion drive which everyone is waiting to cheer next season, writes Argus.

I am very delighted that we won the Cup,” says Mr Stokoe, “but will life ever by quite the same again? I have no experience of this sort of situation and, quite frankly, I just don’t know how to deal with it.

“There is no privacy, no breathing space. I daren’t begin to accept the offers which are pouring in for a continual round of social engagements and even the quiet walk along the sea-front which was possible before the Final is now an invitation for endless autograph hunters.

“I don’t want to offend anyone and I don’t want it to be thought that I am any less joyful than the thousands who are still as thrilled as we are that we brought this tremendous honour to the Sunderland club.

“But there is a job of work to be done and I would like to think that people will bear with me while I get on with it.”

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on May 29, 1973.