MANAGER Alan Brown provided himself with scope for making changes in the Sunderland defence for Saturday’s game against Milwall at The Den by instructing 18-year-old Jackie Ashurst to join the 13-strong party which travelled for last night’s League Cup defeat against Stoke City.
He joined the party at South Minns today and it remains to be seen whether Mr Brown will name him for a League debut.
Ashurst did not play for the reserves against Rotherham last night, but this is the first reserve and youth team game he has missed this season.
He normally wears the No. 4 shirt and plays as a sweeper, but he has also had the occasional game at No. 5. His only previous outing on senior duty was in the 2-2 draw against Atlanta in Italy in the Anglo-Italians club competition. He is a native of Coatbridge, the home town of Bobby Park and Billy Hughes.
In addition to the 12 called upon against Stoke City, Mr Brown also has Jimmy Hamilton available.
Leeds United have undertaken to field their strongest possible side at Roker Park on Tuesday November 14 (7.30) in a testimonial match for George Ainsley who served both clubs before giving up playing to devote himself to coaching.
For 20 years, he has given great service to the game both home and abroad and it is in recognition of this service that Leeds and Sunderland are making this combined effort. He is at present recovering from a serious illness.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on September 7 1972.