Lincoln want Richie Pitt

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RICHIE Pitt could be the first of Sunderland’s five open-to-transfer players to find a new club. Later this afternoon he will be meeting Lincoln City manager, Mr Graham Taylor, terms having already been agreed between the clubs.

Manager Bob Stokoe, who has been turning down loan requests since Pitt, along with John Lathan, Keith Coleman, Brian Chambers and Derek Forster were first listed on January 13, revealed that Lincoln had come along with a cash offer this morning.

He told Mr Taylor that the offer was acceptable and the Lincoln manager has arranged to travel North today for talks with the player.

Pitt, who played First Division football as an 18-year-old, making his League debut on March 4, 1969, was still only 18 when he took over the No. 5 spot from Charlie Hurley.

Last season he missed only one game in League and Cup had six goals to his credit. In all he has made 117 League and Cup appearances for Sunderland, his only senior club. He played his schools football with Seaham Boys and appeared six times for England Boys.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 30 1973.