WITH big-time atmosphere returning to the Roker Park scene, manager Bob Stokoe throws in fresh elements to add to the attraction there tomorrow afternoon, when newly-signed striker John Hughes will make his debut at centre forward against Millwall and Ron Guthrie, who gave an excellent account of himself in the debut at Swindon last week will be making his first senior home appearance at left back.
All eye will be on John Hughes, the widely-experienced Scot, whose arrival at Roker meets public demand for a big, bustling leader equally with Mr Stokoe’s desire to bring extra experience and strength to his attack.
He will be welcomed for his talented, individual contribution and also for what his presence can mean to his co-strikers brother Billy and Dennis Tueart.
Changes from the side which slogged it out for a 1-1 draw in Swindon’s mud and water last week are confined to attack, with Billy Hughes, displaced by John at centre forward, switching to No. 7 and Bobby Kerr wearing the No. 8. The displaced player is Jackie Ashurst.
Fitness doubts concerning Dave Watson and Mick Horswill were cleared by training sessions yesterday and again at Roker Park this morning. It is presumably a precautionary measure that Richie Pitt is named as substitute.
Team: Montgomery, Malone and Guthrie, Horswill, Watson and Young, Hughes W, Kerr, Hughes J, Porterfield and Tueart. Substitute, Pitt; Reserve, Lathan
Millwall, held to a 1-1 draw by Blackpool last week, recall Doug Allder on the left wing after missing one game through a leg injury. His return displaces Derek Smithurst, who was put on the open-to-transfer list earlier this week.
Team: King, Brown B and Cripps, Dorney, Kitchener and Burnet, Brown S, Bolland, Wood, Dunphy and Allder, Substitute, Saul.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 26 1973.