ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY police will be drafted into Sunderland from all over Durham County for tomorrow’s F.A. Cup Fifth Round replay between Sunderland and Manchester City at Roker Park.
They will be keeping a special watch for hooligans intent on breaking windows or damaging buses outside the ground. Mounted police will be on duty outside the ground and police dogs will be at Roker Park and the two railway stations.
Police will patrol the immediate vicinity of Roker Park while the dog handlers keep an eye on bus and car parks.
The co-ordinated plan is designed to prevent any incidents which might mar Sunderland’s most exciting Cup-tie fixture in years.
A total of 54,227 tickets have been sold for the match. That is the highest attendance since March 11, 1967, when Sunderland met at Leeds before a crowd of 55,763 at Roker Park.
Appeal to fans
Meanwhile police advise supporters not to wait until the last minute before setting off for the game.
A spokesman said that because the match was all-ticket many fans might feel they could leave it to the last minute.
Police believed, however, that this would cause chaos and a spokesman appealed to fans to try to “stagger” their arrival at the ground.
“49,000 tickets go in three hours.”
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on February 26 1973.