SUNDERLAND’S full Cup-winning team will be on duty for tonight’s big Tyne-Wear “derby” game against Newcastle at St James’s Park (7.30). Although the match, a testimonial for United defender Ollie Burton, is billed as a “friendly,” both team will be going flat out to prove themselves “Cock of the North.”
Newcastle, for years the North-East’s most successful team, have been over-shadowed recently by Sunderland’s Cup exploits. Tonight, they will be out to show that they are still the top dogs, while Bob Stokoe’s side are determined to prove that they are the new “kings.”
It promises to be a thrilling encounter in true “derby” match tradition and whatever the result, one winner is bound to be Ollie Burton, who will reap a bumper testimonial.
Tyne-Wear clashes are always a big attraction, of course, but when Burton arranged for Sunderland to provide the opposition for his benefit game, he could hardly have foreseen the interest which the match would attract.
Sunderland’s Wembley triumph has been the icing on the cake as far as Burton is concerned and with all stand and paddock tickets already sold a crowd of about 45,000 is expected.
It will be a big night for Burton but it will be a proud occasion for one or two others as well.
Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe will get a great deal of satisfaction, from taking the FA Cup back to the ground where he spent many happy years as a player, while another who will return “home” in a happy mood will be Ron Guthrie, almost a permanent reserve in his United days and now a regular member of England’s team at the moment.
Another former Magpie, David Young, is one of Sunderland’s substitutes tonight, and may get a chance to play against his old team-mates.
The Sunderland team will be: Montgomery; Malone, Guthrie; Horswill, Watson, Pitt; Kerr, Hughes, Halom, Porterfield, Tueart.
Young will be joined on the substitutes bench by Mick McGiven and Joe Bolton.
With three players on international duty, Ian McFaul and David Craig for Northern Ireland and Malcom Macdonald for England, Newcastle field their strongest available side.
Martin Burleigh returns in goal and Northern Ireland international Tommy Cassidy comes in at No. 7 in a reshuffled attack for only his second senior game of the season.
Scottish international schemer Tony Green, out of the first team because of injury since early September, is one of United’s substitutes and is likely to come on for part of the game.
Newcastle: Burleigh; Nattrass, Clark; McDermott, Howard, Moncur; Cassidy, Smith, Tudor, Hibbitt, Barrowclough. Subs: Gibb, Robson, Green.
Stories taken from the Sunderland Echo on May 14, 1973.