VIC HALOM, who make his home debut for Sunderland in the heat of a Wear-Tees “derby” at Roker Park tomorrow afternoon, has post-war Roker history on his side, for Ronnie Turnbull (Nov. 47), Norman Case (Dec. 49), Trevor Ford (Nov. 50), Ted Purdon (Jan. 54) and Don Kichenbrand (Mar. 58) hit 12 goals between them in making their first appearances before the Roker crowd.
And the indications are that he will have the biggest home League gate of the season willing him on to join that exclusive club. On the evidence of his work-rate at Hillsborough last week, when he could have snatched two or three goals, he promises to add a lot of fresh excitement to the Roker scene.
The hangover from mid-week Cup exertions and travel was largely responsible for a lowering of standard in the Sunderland side last week, but there have been no barriers to a full scale preparation for tomorrow’s game and there will be the all-out effort to repeat the 4–1 hammering which they handed out to Middlesbrough in the corresponding game last season.
With David Young ruled out by the ankle injury received last week, Sunderland’s only change is the recall of Richie Pitt at No. 6 to take Young’s place in the back four.
Pitt, recalled from the loan arrangement with Arsenal, is delighted with Arsenal, is delighted to be back on first team duty. “My loyalty is to Sunderland,” he says.
The team will be: Montgomery, Malone and Guthrie, Horswill, Watson and Pitt, Kerr, Hughes, Halom, Porterfield and Tueart.
No substitute has yet been named, but it seems likely that Manager Bob Stokoe’s choice will be Brian Chambers, who gave an excellent account of himself when taking over from Young at Hillsborough.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on February 16 1973.