DISAPPOINTED over the injury which looks like keeping John Hughes out of action for another month, Sunderland Manager Bob Stokoe made an important addition to the Sunderland Staff last night when he signed Luton Town striker Vic Halom at a fee of about £35,000 and immediately announced that Halom would be making his debut at centre forward against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday.
Earlier, the possibility of Halom joining Sunderland on loan with a view to transfer had been considered but Cup progress and the fact that Halom is not cup-tied combined to produce a fresh approach.
Luton were not keen on the loan idea and after a consultation with his directors, Mr Stokoe carried though the straight cash deal.
The signing beats the deadline and means that Halom will be available to play against Manchester City in a fortnight’s time.
Mr Stokoe said: “At 24, I think Halom is ready to go places. He is a great team player and I’m sure he will fit in well. Supporters will like him for his all-action style. He had already slapped in ten goals for Luton this season.”
Two go on loan
Dave Smith, the former Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United trainer-coach, who is now in charge of the Arsenal reserve team joined the Sunderland party in their Reading hotel and after the game took Richie Pitt and Keith Coleman back to Highbury with him.
They were due to sign for a month’s loan today and will probably be given an outing with Arsenal Reserves on Saturday.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on February 8 1973.