ALL but three of Sunderland’s Cup-winning team will be flying out from Newcastle Airport to Majorca tomorrow for what manager Bob Stokoe describes as a week’s working-holiday.
Tentative arrangements for Sunderland to play a Spanish side in Majorca have failed to materialise, but an exhibition match against a French team has been fixed for Cannes on Tuesday.
With Richie Pitt, Dick Malone, and Dave Watson all opting out of the trip for domestic reasons, Mr Stokoe has brought some of the club’s reserve team players into the 15-strong squad.
The 15 are: Montgomery, Guthrie, Bolton, Ellison, McGiven, Ashurst, Young, Horswill, Kerr, Hughes, Mitchell, Halom, Porterfield, Tueart, Park.
In common with other League clubs, Sunderland are to increase the price of their season tickets because of the introduction of Value Added Tax.
Centre stand season tickets will now cost £19, compared with £16 last term while Upper Enclosure and Clock Stand ticket-holders will have to pay £18 and £17 respectively. (Compared to £15 and £14.50).
However the increased prices are not likely to have any effect on sales and Sunderland confidently expect to set up a club record before a ball is kicked.
The previous best was £122,000 taken after Sunderland’s promotion success in 1964, but this time the figure should top £150,000.
Incidentally, following Sunderland is still cheaper than being a Newcastle supporter. Season tickets for the new stand at St James’s Park will cost £25.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on May 17, 1973.