MANAGER Bob Stokoe and his players know how Sunderland will tackle the task of gaining a place in Monday’s draw by beating Reading in the F.A. Cup (Fourth Round) at Roker Park tomorrow afternoon. They are in a win-at-first-attempt mood and eager to start, but the last word on line-up will not come until shortly before the game, when final choice will be named from a pool of 14 players.
Centre forward John Hughes, injured and Cup-tied, drops out of the side which beat Millwall last week. Into the reckoning come John Lathan, Joe Bolton, Jackie Ashurst and Jimmy Hamilton, all of whom have already made important contributions at top team level this season. And first to know the starting line-up will probably be Referee E. Jolly of Manchester.
Reading manager Mr Charlie Hurley named his battle order yesterday and sprang two surprises by dropping Dennis Butler, who will be missing his first game since joining them from Hull in 1969, and recalling in attack Terry Bell, whom they signed from Hartlepool at a £8,000 fee in 1970.
Barrie Wagstaff comes into the back four and Butler is named as substitute.
SUNDERLAND from: Montgomery, Malone, Bolton, Guthrie, Horswill, Watson, Ashurst, Young, Hughes W., Kerr, Lathan, Hamilton, Porterfield and Tueart.
READING: Death, Dixon, Wagstaff B., Hulme, Youlden, Wagstaff T., Cumming, Chappell, Bell, Hunt and Habbin. Substitute, Butler.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on February 2 1973.