THREE games in four days over Easter weekend will throw fresh strain upon Sunderland’s F.A. Cup Final pool, but Manager Bob Stokoe told his players on the way back from their game against Burnley last night that they could take a two-day rest from training as the best possible preparation for the task ahead.
They will be back for sharpening up work on Thursday and Friday before Saturday’s visit to Hull City. Then follows a home game against Cardiff City on Monday and a visit to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday afternoon.
All of his players had taken a kick last night, but none was badly injured enough to be on the injured list. With the possibility of both Billy Hughes and Vic Halom not coming back into the reckoning, it will be interesting to see how Mr Stokoe tackles the task of getting the best return from a heavy weekend programme.
Hull have eight first team squad players injured and striker Phil Holme, scorer of 12 goals, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with torn ligaments.
John Kaye and Terry Neil are among the doubtful starters for Saturday and City may have to call on third choice goalkeeper Paddy Walters, for first team ‘keeper Ian McKenzie and his usual stand in, Jeff Wealands, both have a finger in splints.
On the credit side striker Ken Wagstaff, plagued with injury this season, is almost certain to make a return soon, although he will not play on Saturday. He could not be ready for Hull’s game against Huddersfield next Monday or at Swindon on Tuesday.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on April 17 1973.