Home tie gives Sunderland an extra incentive

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THERE was added incentive for Sunderland to win their Fifth Round Replay against Manchester City tomorrow night in a the draw for the FA Cup (Sixth Round) today, for winning football will earn them a home tie against Second Division club Luton Town, writes Argus. First Division giants are paired in the other ties, but this could be an all-Second Division tie with the winners going through into the Semi-Final.

It would be a finely-balanced tie, for Sunderland have won both their games at Kenilworth Road since dropping back into the Second Division and Luton are unbeaten at Roker Park in three visits. And there could be a dummy run before the game, for Sunderland are due at Kenilworth Road a week before the date for the Sixth Round ties.

The sides have met only twice previously in the Cup, the first time being in a Fourth Road tie in 1937, when Sunderland were on the way to their first-ever Cup triumph.

Goals by Connor and Duns earned them a 2-2 draw at Kenilworth Road and in the replay Duns, Connor and Carter contributed to a 3-1 success.

The only other cup meeting was in a Third Round tie at Luton in 1965, when Sharkey (2) and Mulhall gave Sunderland a 3-0 success.

And should Sunderland win tomorrow’s replay against Manchester City they will have one player able to give them a rundown on their next round opponents. Striker Vic Halom made a £35,000 move to Roker from Luton just a fortnight ago.

Luton manager Harry Haslam, will return to familiar territory if City win the replay, for as a youngster he lived within shooting distance of Maine Road and was a Manchester City supporter.

“Happy to be away”

Mr Haslam commented: “Sunderland or Manchester City – they are all the same to us at this stage. We are happy to be going away again and I fancy it will be City so that we can get a big gate.”

Luton’s away record this season suggests they need not fear a trip, having lost only four away games in the League this season.

They have already one Cup success in the North East this season having won at Newcastle in the fourth round.

The most attractive tie of the round is the clash between Derby and Leeds at the Baseball Ground and the winners will emerge as favourites for the trophy.

Don Revie of Leeds said: “Naturally any draw away from home is a tough one. I don’t feel though that it is any tougher than when we had to go to Liverpool last year in the fourth round. Anyway it’s no good moaning – we have got to get on and get it played.”

Cup Prices: The first after-the-draw odds came from Ladbrokes who made Arsenal 4-1 favourites, with Leeds 9-2, Manchester City 5-1, Derby 11-2, with Luton 66-1 and Sunderland 125-1 the outsiders. Another London bookmaker however made Leeds and Derby joint favourites at 9-2 with Arsenal and Manchester City 5-1.

Corals prices were: 9-2 Derby, Leeds, 5-1 Arsenal, Manchester City, 6-1 Chelsea, 8-1 Wolves, 12-1 Coventry, 66-1 Luton, 100-1 Sunderland.

The Draw: The draw for the sixth round of the FA Cup is: Derby v Leeds, Manchester City or SUNDERLAND v Luton, Chelsea v Arsenal, Wolves v Coventry. Ties to be played March 17. Replays by following Thursday.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on February 26 1973.