MICK Horswill, one of Sunderland’s Cup heroes, who helped to keep the surge going with the come-back goal which rocked Manchester City at Maine Road, went past the top mark in penalty points with his booking in the time-wasting fashion of the moment. “We’ll just let it stand and the rest will not do Mick any harm,” said Manager Bob Stokoe. “It means he will be available for the weekends’s games, but he will miss the Easter games against Hull City and Cardiff City.”
David Young completed his two-match suspension last night and now comes back into the reckoning with a clean sheet.
Mr Stokoe said that Sunderland have already selected the headquarters where they will work out the lines of their Cup Final challenge. After they have played Blackpool at Roker Park on April 28, they will travel the following sat to Selsdon Park, Surrey.
They will travel from there for the visit to Orient on Monday April 30 and will then settle down to a five-day build-up for the big game. If there is a decision in the Cup Final, they will stay away for the visit to Cardiff on Monday night before returning home the following day ... “With the Cup, I hope, “ says Mr Stokoe.
These plans will need revision, of course in the event of a Final replay being necessary. The replay would take place at Hillsborough on Wednesday, May 9 (7.30), a decision which will be welcomed by Sunderland, with recollection of the tremendous atmosphere created there on Saturday.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on April 11 1973.