WEARSIDE’S football fiesta showed no sign of let-up this morning as hundreds of jubilant supporters queued for tickets at Roker Park for the last game of the season against newly-promoted Queen’s Park Rangers on Wednesday evening.
The ticket office opened soon after 9.30am today but more than an hour before that there were about 300 people waiting in the queue.
Mr Ron Linney, Sunderland AFC secretary, said that all available seat tickets were sold before the office closed, but supporters would also be able to pay at the turnstiles on Wednesday.
“The supporters have been tremendous. They have been marvellous all the time. They are without doubt the best in the world.”
A capacity crowd is expected to see the game on Wednesday, but their welcome looks like being almost insignificant compared with what is expected tomorrow night when the FA Cup is paraded.
The gates are to be opened as early as possible tomorrow night to give the supporters plenty of time to get through the turnstiles for the greatest free show of the year.
We had considered opening the exit gates to let everybody in tomorrow,” said Mr Linney. “But that would have created problems when the ground was full and we tried to close the gates.
“I would advise everyone who wants to get into Roker Park to arrive early to avoid disappointment.”
A tribute to the Sunderland supporters came today when a Leeds United representative, Mr R Trembath, who lives in Tunstall Park, Sunderland, but is connected with the Yorkshire club, said: “I was full of admiration at the way the Sunderland fans behaved. It made me proud to come from Sunderland – even though I was with Leeds.”
Mr Trembath, who travelled with Leeds officials to and from Wembley added that the Leeds party, including the players were also full of praise for the Sunderland fans. “There were no sour grapes at Sunderland’s victory. The Leeds team were full of praise.”
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on May 7, 1973.