THE suggestion the Sunderland A.F.C. are in the process of restructuring their board of directors is allowed to pass without comment from club chairman, Mr Keith Collings. Matters of this nature, if the situation should arise, would be the subject of an official statement, he said, but he had nothing to add.
The story in circulation is that 83-year-old directors Mr Stanley Ritson and Mr Jack Cooke have agreed to give up their seats on the Board and accept positions as life vice-presidents and that invitations have been issued to wealthy businessmen to fill the vacancies.
Mr Ritson, who was chairman in the desperate 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons which arrested the decline and pointed the club towards better times, has been on the board for 30 years and Mr Cooke for 15 years.
Mr Collings told the annual meet of shareholders last month, after they had heard of a loss on the year of £103,000 and liabilities of nearly £250,000, that he was hoping to have good news of plans to improve the financial situation.
Brian Chambers, the Newcastle-born schoolboy international, who distinguished himself in a variety of positions in League football with Sunderland, is available for transfer arising from a dispute over his contract.
His appeal went before an independent tribunal in London on Thursday and was supported. Sunderland refused to increase their offer and are prepared to let him go.
League clubs were circularized on Friday and it is now a question of waiting for offers for the 22-year-old who has proved himself adaptable to both defensive and attacking positions.
Sunderland have four players undergoing treatment following Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest. Bobby Kerr’s thigh injury is greatly improved and he is expected to be available for normal training tomorrow, but extra time may be needed for Mick Horswill, John Lathan and Dick Malone.
Martin Harvey discharged from hospital on Saturday after undergoing an operation to relieve disc trouble is making excellent progress. Don Rankin has the plaster removed from his leg today for investigation into the progress made by his injured knee ligaments.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on October 2 1972.