AS flu and fog continued to affect Britain’s sporting programme, the Football League today decided to spare Sunderland the ordeal of resuming their Second Division programme with a seriously weakened side against Orient at Brisbane Road tomorrow afternoon by granting the club’s request for a postponement, writes Argus.
Yesterday morning’s medical inspection established that the majority of the first team players affected by flu were in no condition to go back into action, but the League decided against an immediate postponement and asked for a further report in 24 hours.
Sunderland secretary Mr Ron Linney contacted the League again this morning after a further inspection and permission to postpone was granted immediately.
This means that Sunderland now have four games to rearrange for the second half of the season, for in addition to the Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town games which were called off during the Christmas weekend, they also have a home game against Carlisle United held over because United were involved in a Football League Cup replay.
There is every change that the return to action will come on Wednesday night, when Sunderland Reserves will have their first game for a month by entertaining York City Reserves in a North Midland League Cup (Second Round) tie with the first team resuming in a home game against Brighton tomorrow week.
One bright note in the Roker gloom came with today’s announcement that team captain Bobby Kerr had become a father. His wife, Kathryn, and baby daughter are both doing well.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on December 29 1972.