It’s 75 years since Sunderland won their first FA Cup and tonight’s final Football Echo of the season looks back on that famous day – when the Rokermen beat Preston 3-1.
We reprint Argus’s verdict on the 1937 final, with a host of pictures from Wembley, too.
The famous Echo writer started off, writing: “At last! I only began to realise that we had actually won the cup when I saw Len Duns and Sandy McNab chairing Horatio Carter across Wembley’s playing pitch to the dressing rooms, followed by a rather dejected Preston North End.
“Proud victors and gallant losers.
“Dejected, perhaps; but lavish in their congratulations of the Sunderland men. That was one of the most pleasing sights of all at the end of this free-kick Coronation final.
“I give it the term “free-kick” final because there was far too much whistle. The referee seemed determined to put a stop to anything questionable and penalised anything and everything, exceeding the letter of the law on occasions by giving fouls when intention was not behind the incident.
“But, in my judgment, refere Rudd did as well as any man could have done – and when he gave Sunderland their equalising goal he was right, and Mr George Allison was wrong.
“The Arsenal manager, in his broadcast and in his written report on the play, says very definitely that Gurney was offside when he flicked the ball with the back of his head after Burbanks had placed a corner.
“Just as definitely, I say – and Preston agree – that Gurney was played on-side by two things: by Tremelling playing the ball to him with his head and by Beattie not having moved forward sufficiently early when the ball was first played after the corner kick.
“The referee was still against the post and Mr George Allison was farther away from the incident than any Press man.”
* Full report in tonight’s Football Echo