SUNDERLAND’S hopes of a boost for Roker Park attendances from an attractive home tie in the Third Round of the F.A. Cup were dashed today when they came out of the hat with an away tie against Third Division club Notts County. Anyone at Roker Park would have been their idea of a good draw.
When Manager Bob Stokoe heard the news he said: “Obviously I am disappointed that we have been drawn away, but it could have been a lot worse. Notts County have done very well in the League Cup this season, but they have not been so consistent in the League. I’m confident we can get a result out of this one, even if it means a second game.”
County’s great run in the League Cup ended only three weeks ago when they were beaten 3–1 by Chelsea in a quarter-final tie. They made progress to this stage of the competition by beating York City (3-1 h), Southport (3–2 h), Southampton (3–1 a), and Stoke City (3–1 h).
It is 67 years since Sunderland and Notts County were paired in the F.A. Cup. They first met in 1891, when Sunderland, playing their first season in the Football League, went through to the semi-final of the F.A. Cup, only to be beaten 2–0 after a 3–3 draw. Both games were played at Sheffield.
When they met again the following season at the Newcastle Road ground, Sunderland’s “Team of All Talents” claimed a decisive 4–0 win. Their last meeting in the 1905-06 season ended 1–0 in Sunderland’s favour at Roker Park.
County’s entitlement to respect from Sunderland’s point of view stems from the fact that their Fourth Round victims, Stoke City, dismissed Sunderland from the competition in the second round.
Newcastle, who have not progressed past the third round in the last three seasons, have a home tie against either Bournemouth or Colchester.
Joe Harvey’s side will be delighted that they have been drawn at home, but wary of the lowly opposition bearing in mind their appalling record against clubs from lower divisions in the Cup in recent years.
However, the memory of last season’s defeat against Hereford should ensure that there is no slip-up this time.
United will have the North-East Cup stage to themselves, for the area’s other remaining representatives, Middlesbrough, face an away tie against Third Division strugglers Plymouth.
Tiny Southern League club Margate were given a drew draw against U.F.F.A. Cup holders, Tottenham.
Margate manager, Les Riggs, was overcome. “It’s taken my breath away. Obviously we would rather have had the tie at Tottenham for the money. There is no doubt that the ground record of 8,200 will be broken for this one.”
Tottenham, who fly to Yugoslavia for the U.E.F.A. Cup-tie today, cannot be confident of winning and first reaction from secretary, Geo Jones was, “My God! Are you serious?”
He added: “We wouldn’t mind Margate at home, but away ... It’s always a good thing for soccer, although it causes plenty problems for us.”
Today’s draw threw up many David v Goliath ties, emphasising the glamour of the F.A. Cup. Derby County, the League champions, will be away to either amateurs Bishop Stortford or Fourth Division Peterborough, depending on the replay tonight, Ipswich have to visit Southern League Chelmsford, West Ham go to Port Vale and Chelsea face an away game with struggling Second Division side Brighton.
It has been a tough draw on the First Division clubs, with 14 out of the 22 playing away.
Liverpool, away to Burnley, have been made 8-1 joint Cup favourites with Leeds by William Hill. Arsenal are quoted at 10-1 and Derby and Tottenham at 12-1.
THE draw for the third round of the F.A. Cup is:
Bradford City v Blackpool, Scunthorpe v Cardiff, Q.P.R. v Barnet or Bilston, Millwall v Newport, Luton v Crewere, Sheffield Wed. v Fulham, Wolves v Manchester Utd, Watford v Sheffield Utd, Grimsby or Chesterfield v Preston, NEWCASTLE v Bournemouth or Colchester, Swindon v Birmingham, Everton v Aston Villa, Crystal Palace v Southampton, Margate v Tottenham, Portsmouth v Bristol City, Arsenal v Leicester, Reading or Hayes v Doncaster, Bishops Stortford or Peterborough v Derby, Norwich v Leeds, Port Vale v West Ham, Burnley v Liverpool, Walsall or Charlton v Bolton, West Brom v Nottingham Forest, Stockport v Hull, Manchester City v Stoke, Chelmsford v Ipswich, York v Oxford, Notts County v SUNDERLAND, Carlisle v Huddersfield, Orient v Coventry, Brighton v Chelsea, Plymouth v MIDDLESBROUGH.
Ties to be played January 13.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on December 11 1972.