THEY’VE DONE IT! Porterfield the hero in glorious Wembley victory
SUNDERLAND’S proudest moment in 36 years arrived at Wembley this afternoon when they took on the might of Leeds United, one of British soccer’s success sides over the last ten years, in the final of the F.A. Cup.
They carried with them their own vociferous supporters and a wealth of encouragement and sympathy from the vast majority of the 100,000 gathered in the stadium for this big occasion.
Heavy rain throughout the morning threatened to provide unpleasant conditions, but this stopped during the team’s 70-minute drive to the stadium and when Frankie Vaughan climbed on the rostrum to lead the crowd in singing, the sun finally broke through.
When the teams walked out for presentations to the Duke of Kent, Leeds United manager Don Revie headed the Leeds procession wearing a lounge suit, but Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe was track-suited in the familiar red and white.
The break in weather was not prolonged, however, and during the presentation the rain started again.
Kerr won the toss for Sunderland and elected to defend the end which had the Leeds supporters massed behind them.
A misplaced pass by Hunter right from the start was collected by Tueart, who had a shot charged down and when Horswill and Kerr tried to follow up, they both fell down on the slippery turf. Then Jones moved on the left, and was tackled first by Watson and then Malone. He still managed to get the ball in the middle, where Clarke was brought down by Pitt to provide the first free-kick of the game.
Bremner moved it square for Lorimer, whose well-hit drive travelled wide, with Jones just failing to make contact.
When Leeds tried to move from a throw-in, Kerr intercepted a crossfield pass and then left the ball to Hughes, who was brought down by Cherry.
The first trial of strength between Malone and Gray ended in the Sunderland player’s favour, but when he tried to move down the wing Cherry’s challenge sent the ball out of play.
In the next minutes Giles gave the ball away from a deep position and the chance was created for Tueart to go at the Leeds defence.
Sunderland were in difficulties when Gray moved the ball inside to Giles, whose accurate crossfield pass was headed on by Reaney and lifted into the middle, where Montgomery could only push the ball down and the clearance was completed by Horswill.
A Bremner foul on Porterfield gave Sunderland a free kick just inside the Sunderland half, but Halom was unable to reach Malone’s kick and the ball travelled on to Harvey.
Hughes was back to lend a hand in defence when Leeds tried again and he was obstructed by Jones when he tried to bring the ball out.
Sunderland were in with a chance when Halom picked up a through-ball and sent Porterfield away on the left.
From Porterfield’s centre Hughes got in a shot which lifted over the bar.
Then Leeds were up again and Giles and then Clarke had shots beaten down, Hunter went right through and though Kerr managed to get ahead, Hunter still reached the ball to send his shot behind the goal.
Sunderland’s hopes boomed when a left wing attack started from a throw-in with the ball sent back to Guthrie, and Horswill made enough space for a right-foot shot which travelled only inches wide.
Leeds gained a free-kick just outside the angle of the penalty area for a Guthrie challenge on Reaney, and when this was forced out Giles hooked the ball out right again for Reaney to return it to the middle.
In a flash Clark was there, but as he teed up the ball for a shot, Watson slid in to a winning tackle.
When Guthrie brought the ball out of defence and started a run on the left he had Reaney, Bremner and Madeley with him and between the three of them be was brought down.
Watson was up for a free-kick but neither he nor Halom could make contact.
The ball was forced out to the wing where Hughes and Clarke went for it together. Hughes came out on top, but as he moved away he was brought down by Clarke, who was immediately booked by the referee in the 21st minute.
Another fluent Sunderland move started from defence and with Tueart shaping for a break he was fouled by Hunter and needed treatment before continuing.
Hughes had Leeds in a lot of trouble when he beat Reaney out on the wing, but he did not make the best use of the ball when he cut inside.
Leeds forced two corners on the left, both of which were taken by Lorimer, the clearance being made eventually by a diving header by Watson.
A neat move on the left had Guthrie moving inside to receive from Hughes, but he went down when tackled by Bremner to present Sunderland with a free-kick eight yards outside the penalty area.
Gray moved well on the left but was beaten by Kerr near the corner flag. The move did not end there, however, for the ball eventually came back into the middle, where Sunderland had to cover up desperately to prevent Lorimer from getting in a shot at comparatively low range. Finding his path to goal blocked, Lorimer chipped to the other side of goal, where Gray shot well from the edge of the penalty area.
Then Sunderland were back into the game, finding space easily for Kerr to go clear on the right. Halom received outside looking for a wing pass, but Kerr preferred to drive the ball into the middle, where Harvey turned it over the bar.
Hughes took the left wing corner and when the ball was pulled down in the middle, PORTERFIELD controlled it, turned, and hammered a fierce shot wide of Harvey to put Sunderland ahead in the 31st minute.
This was a great moment for Sunderland and a well-deserved break, because up to now they had fulfilled their promise to go at Leeds at every opportunity.
Bremner was severely lectured for a foul on Horswill.
Then Tueart and Hughes worked out a great one-two on the right which had Hughes going clear just ahead of Cherry to hammer the ball into the middle.
Halom was there, but Harvey managed to touch the ball on and when Horswill went after it he was tackled and brought down by Giles on the line.
Horswill needed treatment before resuming.
Sunderland were certainly turning on the charm at this stage, and United were wide open when Hughes sparkled in a right-wing attack, setting up the chance for Kerr to drive the ball into the middle.
Again there was the partial clearance and Porterfield’s follow-up was too close for United’s comfort.
Leeds built up strongly through the middle for Clarke to gain possession inside the penalty area, but once again Watson took charge of the situation and prevented a shot through from the rebound Montgomery has to be alert to push out a drive by Lorimer.
Sunderland started the second half as they had left off by attacking with the ball played back for Pitt to hit a long ball for Tueart. Kerr joined in, too, but Leeds covered too strongly when he got the ball into the middle.
There was an anxious moment for Sunderland when Bremner gained possession on the edge of the penalty area to send in a strong shot which Montgomery pushed down but could not hold, and Malone played safe by driving the ball behind for a corner.
When United came back again the ball was crossed from the right wing Clarke backed into Montgomery to prevent him from getting the ball and Cherry headed into the empty goal but the referee had spotted the offence and awarded Sunderland a free-kick.
Watson and Pitt were doing a great job in the centre of the Sunderland defence and Horswill was back to make an important clearance when Clarke threatened.
Clarke appeared to have things moving nicely for United when beating Malone on the left but be came to a full stop when he ran into Watson.
Bremner was pulled up for a high tackle on Porterfield and from Watson’s free-kick there was a tremendous surge on the Leeds goal, in which shots by Hughes and Porterfield were beaten down before Guthrie shot into the side netting.
Then Reaney went into a fierce tackle on Tueart and it was a relief to see Tueart get to his feet without showing any signs of injury.
When Madeley came under challenge from Hughes to a long ball by Pitt he could do no better than head down to Guthrie, who sent a 25-yard shot narrowly wide.
Guthrie was in action again in Sunderland’s next attack and was just off target with a right foot drive which appeared to be deflected by a defender though the referee’s award was a goal kick.
There was another scare for Sunderland when a back-pass by Guthrie left Jones favourite to reach the ball ahead of Montgomery as he raced across from the other side of goal. Montgomery came out quickly, however, and dived in bravely right to Jones’ feet.
When United came back again Lorimer turned sharply 15 yards out to send a strong shot into the side netting.
In the 65th minute Montgomery made two fabulous saves from Jones and Cherry both of which were made only a few yards short on the line.
This was the kind of pressure which United wanted to exert and how dangerous they looked when they played the ball around in building up to these situations.
United gained a corner when Reaney went through on the right and from his centre Malone headed behind for a corner with Clarke climbing behind him.
There was a shooting chance for Giles when the ball was forced out of the middle with his drive lifting high over the bar.
Leeds were throwing so many men forward that they left themselves thin at the back.
Sunderland appeared to be in a position to take advantage when they broke out quickly with Halom, Horswill and Tueart in a three-against-three situation.
Halom made the running on right, but when he moved the ball inside, Horswill was immediately under pressure and lost possession.
In the 75th minute, Leeds conceded that Gray was not going to turn in the expected match-winning performance by taking him out of the game and sending on Yorath as substitute.
Yorath sent Reaney away on the right and when the full back’s centre eluded both Watson and Malone, in front of goal, Cherry moved up to gain possession at the other side, only to be tackled and beaten by Hughes.
Then Yorath went in strongly from the right to hit a low drive which brought a great save from Montgomery.
There was excitement at the other end seconds later when Kerr had Sunderland moving into an attack for Horswill to get in a shot which was deflected for a corner.
Tueart forced a great position by holding the ball against two defenders just outside the area and then breaking for goal, but Madeley managed to stab the ball back to Harvey.
Leeds had now given up all thoughts of defence and they had everyone up looking for a break.
There was a dangerous moment for Sunderland when Hunter held the ball into the heart of the defence, only to be brought down by Porterfield just outside the penalty area.
Giles took the kick moving the ball square for Lorimer to try a shot which came back from the Sunderland “wall.”
With two minutes to go Kerr and Tueart had United on the run with a tremendous attack which opened up a shooting chance for Halom. The centre forward had both time and space and when his first shot struck Harvey and rebounded to him, he tried again this time the goalkeeper made a great finger-tip save.
In the second minute of injury time Halom charged both Harvey and the ball into the net, but the goal had no chance of standing because it was obviously a foul.
Second later the game ended and the Cup had come to Sunderland again.
SUNDERLAND – Montgomery, Malone, Guthrie, Horswill, Watson, Pitt, Kerr (capt.), Hughes, Halom, Porterfield, Tueart. Sub. Young.
LEEDS UNITED – Harvey, Reaney, Cherry, Bremner (capt.), Madeley, Hunter, Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, E. Gray. Sub. Yorath.
Referee: Mr Ken Burns (Stourbridge).
HOW THE GOALS CAME
They were going to Wembley to make it a Cup Final which everyone would remember. They did just that. They played Leeds United right out of it, with a display of attacking football which left United not only helpless but also well beaten at the finish.
It was heroes right through the side. Hughes, Tueart and Halom ran themselves to the point of exhaustion in going at the Leeds defence. But they never stopped, and even in those last few minutes when lungs must have been screaming for rest they were still going on.
The midfield outfit from Kerr, Porterfield and Horswill was out of this world too, while the back four operation so well conducted by Watson and Pitt in the middle and Malone and Guthrie on the flank denied United the space for their sharp-shooters to get cracking and last but not least was the brilliant work of Montgomery, who made the game safe for Sunderland by two magnificent saves within split seconds of each other at the crucial stage.
So the Cup comes back to Wearside with all the pride which goes with such a remarkable triumph.
Story taken from the Football Echo on May 5, 1973.