SUNDERLAND 1 PORTSMOUTH 1; SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1957
SUNDERLAND'S sloppy finishing again proved costly as they were held to a Roker Park draw by fellow First Division strugglers Portsmouth.
Not even the introduction of 18-year-old debutant Harry Godbold, and the recall of Jack Maltby and Don Revie up front, could bring a much-needed victory.
The draw left Sunderland in sixth bottom spot, four points clear of the bottom two, with Pompey a point and a place better off.
Argus, in the Echo, bemoaned the loss of a ninth home point in 11 Roker Park games: "A team so desperately placed as Sunderland cannot afford to squander home points. A string of match-winning chances were thrown away and, in the last few minutes, they were lucky that Portsmouth did not steal the game.
"Yet there was a credit side to the game, too. I fancy that few supporters would fail to take encouragement from the talented play of 18-year-olds Maltby and Godbold."
Maltby wore the No.9 shirt but produced an enterprising display at inside-left, while Godbold was an even bigger success.
The Maltby-Godbold link first reared its head when the former curled a shot just wide from Revie's pass.
Sunderland were ahead in just the 11th minute with a brilliantly-worked goal. Revie fed Ambrose Fogarty, whose square ball to Stan Anderson was instantly switched wide right to Billy Bingham.
Bingham played the ball back in for Anderson, who drove the ball into the middle for Maltby to despatch a shot well out of keeper Norman Uprichard's reach.
Pompey needed just 11 minutes to level. John Gordon pushed the ball past left-back Billy Elliott and was brought down, with the referee immediately pointing to the spot.
Peter Harris took the penalty and blasted the ball into the roof of Willie Fraser's net.
Ray Crawford was inches wide for Portsmouth soon after, but they had a lucky escape when Revie and then Maltby forced an Elliott cross goalwards only for Phillip Gunter to clear off the line despite losing his footing.
Godbold got away from Gunter from an Ambrose pass and produced a delightful cross which Maltby headed into Uprichard's arms. At the other end, Fraser dived bravely at the feet of Syd McLellan.
Sunderland were close just after half-time, when Fogarty and Bingham combined for the winger to try a left-foot shot which was deflected on to the post. A minute later, Fogarty nodded Godbold's cross narrowly wide.
Sunderland survived a late scare when Gordon stepped in as Charlie Hurley and Joe McDonald dithered, but he was bustled wide and the shooting chance was gone.
Then Pompey lived dangerously as Uprichard was at full stretch to deny Bingham before Gunter denied Maltby on the rebound. Right on time, Bingham headed inches wide from Maltby's brilliant turn and cross.
Argus enthused: "Godbold, deceptive in his easy control of the ball and surprisingly accurate with his on-the-run centres, earned the warm reception which was extended to him by the Roker crowd. So quick was the appreciation, in fact, that the crowd insisted upon more use being made of the left wing and were cheering every pass out there before the game had reached the halfway stage.
"It was not surprising that Maltby should tire a little in the second half. The pace of the play had better-prepared players in trouble, too. But he showed how well he understood the role he was asked to play, took his goal extremely well – his first in league football – and was unlucky with several other praiseworthy efforts."
SUNDERLAND: Fraser, McDonald, Elliott, Anderson, Hurley, Aitken, Bingham, Revie, Maltby, Fogarty, Godbold
PORTSMOUTH: Uprichard, Gunter, Wilson, Albury, Rutter, Dickinson, Harris, Gordon, Dougan, McLellan, Crawford
Referee: K Bagnall (Bolton)
* Newcastle slipped to third bottom spot in the First Division after crashing 3-0 at Leeds United. Newcastle-born Chris Crowe scrambled home a 14th minute opener, Bobby Forrest headed home a Crowe cross for the second and Leeds added a third when Jack Overfield cut in and brilliantly beat two defenders to score.
* Middlesbrough's Second Division promotion hopes suffered a blow with a 2-1 defeat at West Ham. The Teessiders went ahead on the hour when Edwin Holliday's cross caused chaos, with Hammers defender Noel Cantwell bundling the ball into his own net. Malcolm Musgrove levelled and John Bond's 75th minute spot-kick sealed Boro's fate.
* Hartlepool suffered a 5-1 Division Three (North) crushing at Mansfield, with Terry Hogan bagging his first and only league goal for Pools.
* Sunderland Youths edged an epic 5-4 win over Huddersfield in the Northern Intermediate League at Hendon. Doug Smith, Bircham, Willie Clark, Grieveson and a Holt own goal did the damage.
* Sunderland Reserves crashed 2-0 at Spennymoor United in the North Eastern League, with Spedding's penalty and a Chilton own goal giving Moors the points.
* Crook Town routed Bishop Auckland 8-0 in the Northern League, inspired by five first-half goals from Corrall, Coates, Gowland, Williams and Duffy. Armstrong and Marshall struck for Durham City in a 4-2 loss at West Auckland.
* Sunderland Boys were reeling after the English Schools FA ruled that their English Schools Trophy tie away to Manchester should be played on New Year's Day.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS...
Wells Fargo; Dixon of Dock Green; The Phil Silvers Show; Six-Five Special; The Brains Trust; Zoo Quest; Ted Ray's Party; Shirley Abicair; Nicholas Nickleby; The Billy Cotton Band Show; Animal? Vegetable? Mineral?; Jazz Session; Short Cuts; Welsh Rarebit; Charlie Chester – Educated Evans; The Night Is Young; The O Henry Playhouse
Richard Attenborough and Terry-Thomas in Private's Progress; Cornel Wilde in Omar Khayyam; Jeff Chandler in East Of Sumatra; Barbara Stanwyck in Forty Guns; Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender; Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren in Attila The Hun; Ray Milland and Debra Paget in The River's Edge; Leo Gorcey and the Bowery Boys in Triple Trouble; Paulette Goddard in Charge Of The Lancers; Phil Silvers and Jimmy Durante in You're In The Army Now; Sophia Loren in Too Bad, She's Bad; Randolph Scott and Gipsy Rose Lee in Belle Of The Yukon; Cameron Mitchell and Glynis Johns in The Day They Gave Babies Away; Michael Redgrave in Time Without Pity; John Mills in The Baby And The Battleship
No.1 – Harry Belafonte (Mary's Boy Child); Others – Jackie Wilson (Reet Petite); Everly Brothers (Wake Up Little Susie); Paul Anka (I Love You Baby); Frank Sinatra (Chicago); Jerry Lee Lewis (Great Balls Of Fire); Malcolm Vaughan (My Special Angel); Little Richard (Keep A Knockin'); Lonnie Donegan (My Dixie Darling); Buddy Holly (Peggy Sue); Jim Dale (Be My Girl); Petula Clark (Alone); Pat Boone (April Love); The Crickets (That'll Be The Day); Frankie Vaughan and the Kaye Sisters (Gotta Have Something In The Bank, Frank); Elvis Presley (Santa, Bring My Baby Back To Me)
Dancing to Albert Flush and his Orchestra at Black's Rink (4/-); Josef Locke with all-star variety (including The wonder dog, Nino; Pan Yue Jen Troupe; Joe Crosbie and Tattersall) at the Empire; Sunderland Drama Club presents Affairs Of State, by Louis Verneuil, at the Royalty Theatre (2/6).
Sunderland RFC claimed an excellent 24-0 win at West Hartlepool, with Gleeson (3), Bryce (2) and Lamb scoring tries. Ingham and Stewart added kicks; Still in rugby, Durham County were outgunned 14-3 by Cumberland and Westmorland at Ashbrooke, with Stoneman grabbing a consolation penalty.
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