The Wembley wait grips all of Wearside

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SUNDERLAND fans, elated with the FA Cup semi-final success of their team on Saturday, are interested in only one thing – “Can I get a ticket for Wembley?” The announcement of arrangements will be made as soon as the club receives its tickets for the FA Cup Final on May 5.

Today, Mr Ron Linney, secretary of Sunderland AFC, said the season ticket-holders will have to apply personally for their tickets at time which will be announced and no postal applications will be considered.

The draw for the tickets for other supporters, from the ballot forms issued at the Carlisle and Bristol City matches, and for those who won tickets to Hillsborough, was made last night.

It is intended that those who have the lucky numbers should attend on specific days to pick up their tickets.

Mr Linney said it was necessary to provide detailed information on where each ticket had gone. Because of this, season ticket holders would have to complete the appropriate forms.


Winners of tickets on ballot would have to supply their names and address on the reverse side of their ballot forms.

Meanwhile, as the fans waited for their good news, messages of congratulations were pouring in at Roker Park for the victorious Sunderland team. They came from far and wide – some even from overseas.

“Haway the lads” was the simple message from Mr Joseph Wardropper (44), a Sunderland exile in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. For eight years he has been watching the teams’ fortunes from afar.

We send him the Football Echo every week,” said his father, Mr Joseph Wardropper senior, a retired Sunderland corporation highways inspector of Fordenbridge Crescent, Ford Estate. “We also have a daughter and son-in-law in Australia, and for all of them out there supporting Sunderland is like a religion.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on April 9 1973.