Walking in a ‘73 wonderland - your memories of queueing for Wembley tickets

Thousands queued for tickets outside Roker Park.
Thousands queued for tickets outside Roker Park.
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We all remember Ian Porterfield’s goal, Monty’s save and Bob Stokoe’s dash across the hallowed turf.

But we decided to look behind the scenes of the 1973 FA Cup glorytime and especially the wonderful time when you couldn’t wait to get your hands on a final ticket.

The picture that 30,000 of you saw on social media.

The picture that 30,000 of you saw on social media.

We asked you to share your memories of the time when thousands of you waited patiently outside Roker Park in the queue for tickets - hoping you’d got a Wembley place.

An impressive 30,000 of you saw the post on social media and many of you turned the clock back to share your memories.

At the head of the queue with his comment was Bobby Jones, just as he was 43 years ago.

He said: “I slept 2 nights on Gladstone st for the first ticket.”

I slept 2 nights on Gladstone Street for the first ticket.

Bobby Jones

Elizabeth Foy Urwin thought it was a wonderful time. She said: “I was there queueing and at every game for years, fab atmosphere everyone was so friendly to each other.”

Sandra Hoy missed out on Wembley but she said; “i was at Roker Park when they brought the cup home......what a night x”

The comments kept on coming and they also included;

John Thomas Porter: “I was there.”

Fans at Roker Park queueing for tickets for the F A Cup Final in 1973.

Fans at Roker Park queueing for tickets for the F A Cup Final in 1973.

Michael Lamb: “Me to.”

Leslie Dunn: “Me and my mates are in there somewhere.”

Charlie Robson: “I was in that queue.”

Peter Francis: “I was somewhere in that queue.”

Judith Vicarage was another to miss out. She said: “Didn’t get final tickets but me, dad and brother got to go to man city for semi, which was something special!”

Malcolm Curry: “I was there somewhere, went to Wembley. What a day.”

Gordon Massingham: “yes outside our house some were there 9pm till opened gates.”

Bob Surtee: “Happy memories!”

Jo Goldsworthy: “We were there !”

John Richardson: “I was there never forget it.”

Margaret Speight: “It was a great Cup Final. Xxx”

Ade Onafuye: “I was there with my friends.”

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their memories with us, nd if there’s a piece of Sunderland nostalgia you would like us to share, get in touch.

Email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk