Argus Talking Sport: Sunderland hope to be at full strength against Luton Town

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PICKING up the pieces after their shattering defeat at Oxford last week, Sunderland aim to make a winning start to a favourable sequence of three home games out of four when they take on Luton Town at Roker Park on Saturday.

And despite the long casualty list, Manager Alan Brown has not given up hope of being able to field the side which overpowered Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago and then lost its way in a bruising battle at Manor Road.

Treatment and training has cleared up the doubts concerning Jimmy Montgomery, Dick Malone, and Mick Horswill, all of whom are now in full training, but a decision on Billy Hughes’s fitness may have to be delayed until Saturday morning.

Jimmy Hamilton, substitute for the last three games, will again fill that role, unless Hughes has to stand down. In that case, Hamilton will come into the side and Joe Bolton, who lost his place through injury in the second game of the season will take over as substitute.

Team: Montgomery, Malone, Coleman, Horswill, Ashurst, Porterfield, Hughes, Kerr, Watson, Lathan, Tueart. Substitute, Hamilton; reserve Bolton.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on October 12 1972.