WEMBLEY is five tough League games away for Sunderland and Manager Bob Stokoe is keeping his Cup Final pool together as they begin their assault on this programme by taking on Hull City at Boothferry on Saturday. “The mood among the players is still good and we want to keep it that way,” said Mr Stokoe. “They held nothing back against Burnley on Monday night and they will be going at Hull on Saturday.”
There will be one absentee from the pool on Saturday and Monday, of course, for Mike Horswill, whose penalty points reach 14 against Huddersfield Town ten days ago, has made no appeal and will be taking an automatic two-match suspension.
Horswill’s place will go to either David Young or Brian Chambers, who have been rivals for the substitute spot in the Cup line-up. One will fill the vacancy in the starting line-up and the other will be substitute.
Both Billy Hughes and Vic Halom could be back on duty. “Vic did a little training yesterday,” said Mr Stokoe “and Billy should be ready to go again after having three days’ rest.
“We have a training schedule at Washington New Town today and there will be another tomorrow. I will wait until we have finished training before I name the team.
“We will be playing four games from Saturday to Saturday, so the players will be doing very little in between.”
If Mr Stokoe gets the right answers from the training session the line-up on Saturday will be: Montgomery, Malone, Guthrie, Young or Chambers, Watson, Pitt, Kerr, Hughes, Halom, Porterfield, Tueart.
Although the point which Queen’s Park Rangers gained in a 0–0 draw with Cardiff City at Ninian Park last night means that it is now mathematically impossible for Sunderland to win promotion, the Sunderland players still have a prestige and financial incentive for finishing as high as possible in the table. Their programme may be tough and concentrated, but there is no thought of surrendering points.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on April 19 1973.