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SUNDERLAND Town Council is to be asked to confer the Freedom of the Borough on Sunderland A.F.C. manager, Mr Bob Stokoe, and his Cup-winning team.

Coun. Charles Slater, Leader of the Council’s Labour Group, said he will ask the Council to grant the honorary Freedom of the Borough to Mr Stokoe for his achievements since taking over as Sunderland manager.

He said he was also considering putting the Cup-winning team forward for the same honour and the move is expected to be approved following the historic victory.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on May 8, 1973.