SUNDERLAND can – and will – win the FA Cup. That is the view of Wearsiders today, and of two former Sunderland men, exiles from the area for over 20 years, and now living .... in Luton.
Mr Fred Glendenning who has lived in Luton since 1934, and Mr Stanley Marwood, who went there 21 years ago, were visiting Sunderland for the weekend and saw Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Luton.
“But we both came to support Sunderland,” said Mr Glendenning, “for that is still where our hearts are.”
The optimism of other Wearsiders was not dimmed by today’s semi-final draw.
Sunderland available at 12-1 odds to win the FA Cup, are 5-2 against to win the tie against either Arsenal or Chelsea, according to one of Wearside’s bookmakers today.
Gus Carter’s Ltd, which paid or nearly £4,000 after Saturday’s win, including one £300 bet, makes either of the First Division teams 1-3 for the tie.
But over the 90 minutes, Sunderland are 4-1 against with 4-7 for Arsenal or Chelsea and 3-1 for the draw.
Looking towards the Roker End during Saturday’s day of glory at Roker Park.
Below: To mark his 453rd appearing with the first team, Sunderland AFC goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery received a gold watch from club chairman, Mr Keith Collings, before the start of Saturday’s game against Luton. Right: Carolyn Buckle a member of the sales staff at Sunderland Supporters’ Association, presented an inscribed lighter on behalf of the Association.
“The way they have been playing they have a very good chance of reaching the final. They should get to Wembley, but I wouldn’t like to say whether they will win there,” said 43-year-old Mr Thomas Rowan of Townsend Road, Thorney Close.
Mr William Jackson (33) of Pancras Road, Plains Farm Estate. “The team that beat Leeds will win the Cup,” he said.
“They are the best side I have seen in Sunderland shirts,” said Mr Stan Marwood, who has lived in Luton for 21 years, but comes from Sunderland. “In Dave Watson they have I think, a better centre-half then Charlie Hurley was, and if they avoid Leeds I think they can do it” he said.
“They are going to win the Cup,” said Mr Fred Glendenning, a former Wearsider, who has lived in Luton for 38 years, and saw the 1937 Cup Final. “They won well on Saturday, and have the right spirit and ability to do it.”
Coincidence could be the deciding factor, according to 35-year-old Mr John Goodwin, a driller of Wareness Street, Pallion. “The last time they won the Cup was in 1937. Reverse the last two numbers and you have this year – 1973.”
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on March 19 1973.