IF SUNDERLAND can play winning football in their F.A. Cup (Fourth Round) Replay with Reading at Elm Park on Wednesday night, they will be lining up against top drawer opposition in the Fifth Round, for today’s draw sets them the task of visiting either Liverpool or Manchester City, who will also be replaying their tie on Wednesday night.
“It’s not the sort of game I would have picked,” said Manager Bob Stokoe, “but we won’t let it worry us. We will be playing our fourth F.A. Cup-tie of the season on Wednesday night and after we have won that one we will start thinking about what comes next. We’ll take just one game at a time.”
Viewed from any angle, Sunderland will be earning themselves the toughest of tasks if they win through on Wednesday night.
Yet there will be encouragement for them from the record book, for the last time they played Manchester City in a League game they beat them 1–0 at Main Road (April 4, 1970) and the last time they played Liverpool in the F.A. Cup they beat them 2–0 at Anfield Road (Fourth Round, January 28, 1961).
Carlisle United gained quick reward for their surprise victory over Sheffield United on Saturday when they were given a home tie with mighty Arsenal.
This will be a difficult game for Arsenal, who are attempting to reach the final for the third successive year. Second Division Carlisle have a tremendous reputation at home and two years ago Tottenham only just managed to scrape through 3–2 on the tiny Brunton Park pitch.
Chris Balderstone, Carlisle’s captain said today: “We don’t fear any sides at Brunton Park. Just before we heard the radio, I said we wanted Arsenal or Leeds at home. I could not believe it when my wish was answered.”
Luton, another of Saturday’s Second Division giant-killers, must be confident of reaching the last eight. They are away to either Bolton or Cardiff.
Luton, who have been playing much better away from home, beat Newcastle 2–0 in the fourth round and not surprisingly manager Harry Haslam was not worried about the draw.
“It is all the same to us,” he said. “We must have a great chance. We wanted to stay clear of the big ones, although we know that this will not be an easy game.”
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on February 5 1973.