Halom’s debut should ensure big following

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VIC HALOM, who was cheering Sunderland to success in their FA Cup (Fourth Round) Replay against Reading at Elm Park on Wednesday night before he had actually committed himself to joining them in a £35,000 deal from Luton Town, is delighted to be making his debut for them wearing the No. 9 in tomorrow’s game against Sheffield Wednesday at Hilllsborough.

Manager Bob Stokoe provided this quick answer to the suggestion that Halom, who has a cold, might not be able to turn out tomorrow. “It is true” he said “that Vic has a cold, but it is no troubling him too much and he will definitely be in the line-up at centre forward tomorrow.”

The debut of a “big bustling centre forward” will be a big attraction for Sunderland supporters and no doubt this will be reflected in the following which the team enjoys at Hillsborough tomorrow.”

The debut of a “big, bustling centre forward” will be a big attraction for Sunderland supporters and no doubt this will be reflected in the following which the team enjoys at Hillsborough tomorrow.

But the special angle to it is that Halom is not Cup-tied and will be able to lend his weight to the fifth round challenge against Manchester City at Maine Road on February 24.

It appears that Sunderland have to thank Everton for this position, because it was their interest in Halom which prompted Luton to keep him out of the side which beat Newcastle United at the weekend.

Watson at No. 5

With the assurance that all the players in action on Wednesday night are clear of the knocks and bruises which they received, Mr Stokoe makes only the simple and expected changes for tomorrow’s game. Halom comes in at No. 9 and Dave Watson, who played a match-winning role in that position at Reading, returns to the centre half position which he prefers.

Keith Coleman, who was substitute on Wednesday, probably as cover for Dick Malone, who had been undergoing treatment for an ankle injury gives way to Brian Chambers.

Team:

Montgomery, Malone and Guthrie, Horswill, Watson, Young, Hughes Kerr, Halom, Porterfield and Tueart. Substitute, Chambers; Reserve, Forster.

Sheffield Wednesday are unchanged. Team: Springett; Rodrigues, Clements; Prophett, Holsgrave, Craig; Henderson, Coyle, Joicey, Sunley, Sissons. Substitute, Potts or Thompson.

Stokoe pays tribute to Roker fans

THERE can be no mistaking the signs that the Roker boom which supporters have been waiting to cheer is now in full swing.

Manager Bob Stokoe pays his tribute to supporters by saying: “These are the people who can make us big again” and they, in turn applaud the drive and foresight which he has shown presenting Sunderland as a team striding back towards the top.

The club and its supporters are renewing the partnership which brings all the long and short term targets within reach.

Read Argus’s comments on this dramatic trend in tomorrow night’s Echo Sports Edition.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on February 9 1973.