Ex-skipper tries to track down Sunderland college football champs

Sunderland Technical College 1st Team in the 1965/66 season.
Sunderland Technical College 1st Team in the 1965/66 season.
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A former amateur footballer is attempting to track down his title-winning team-mates half a century on from their table-topping season.

Roger Cutler, who captained Sunderland Technical College 1st Team to the North Eastern Amateur League First Division title in the 1965/66 season, is organising a reunion of his old pals and is calling for help in tracking down those he played alongside.

Roger said: “It will be 50 years and I thought it would be great if as many of that winning team as possible could meet up around March or April next year to celebrate.

“It all seems like yesterday. The squad was made up of nine engineering students and three pharmacy students – plus Gavin Hamilton, an engineering student, who was our equivalent of Sunderland AFC boss Sam Allardyce.

“We had several Norwegian engineering students in the team, as the names might suggest, and they were excellent players and had great personalities too.”

Roger spent three years studying pharmacy, graduating despite missing a few practical sessions to play in football matches.

He was also the sports editor of the college newspaper.

The title-winning team was: Yohan Lyby, Norman Robson, Pete Woodland, Ken Rutter, Gunnar Nilsen, Keith Grabham, Dave Tall, Albert Hart, Sammy Samualson, Jon Bache, Stein Rognlien, and Gavin Hamilton.

Those readers with any information about members of the team should contact Sunderland University’s Alumni Office on 500 3746, or alternatively email alumni@sunderland.ac.uk.