Home tie gives Roker men extra incentive

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LUCK of the draw went Sunderland’s way when Fourth Round pairings for the FA Cup were made in London today, with the attraction of a home tie against Reading or Doncaster Rovers to spur them on in their Third Round replay against Notts County at Roker Park tomorrow night.

Manager Bob Stokoe was overjoyed when he heard the news at Washington New Town. “This is wonderful,” he said. “I am delighted with this one and it will be a tremendous incentive for us tomorrow night. It may not be the most attractive of ties, but results are important and this is one we can win, providing we get the right result tomorrow night.”

The tie between Fourth Division rivals Doncaster and Reading was postponed from Saturday because Doncaster had injury problems. It is now due to be played on Wednesday night.

The only past link between Sunderland and either of their prospective opponents was in 1953-54, when Doncaster Rovers gained a shock 2-0 triumph and became the first side to win an FA Cup-tie at Roker Park since Derby County had snatched a 1-0 win before the record crowd of 75,118 on March 8, 1933.

Leeds are favourites

Three of the leading bookmakers make Leeds favourites for the FA Cup. Ladbrokes and Corals quote them at 6-1 and William Hills offer 11-2. Liverpool are made second favourites while Arsenal, Chelsea and Derby figure prominently.

Newcastle are priced at 12-1 by Carols and Ladbrokes and at 11-2 by William Hills.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 15 1973.