ALTHOUGH Bristol City are the only club in the Football League without a home win to their credit, Sunderland know that their visit to Ashton Gate on Saturday will be one of their toughest assignments of the season.
But they will have a lot of first-hand knowledge on which to draw up their plan of campaign, for City have been under review by both manager-elect Mr Bob Stokoe and caretaker manager Mr Billy Elliott in the last few days.
When City visited Huddersfield to claim a 1–0 win in a mid-week game last week, Mr Stokoe was there to check on their form, because they were due to meet Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, last Saturday. Mr Elliott, looking ahead to this week’s game, was there too, and as friends and rivals of long standing it was natural that they should pas the time of day while going about their individual tasks, little thinking that it could so soon become a common task.
Mr Stokoe’s vetting mission helped to produce a 3–0 win for Blackpool and Sunderland will be hoping that there is the same happy conclusion to their challenge at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
There was no injury problems arising from Sunderland’s home draw against Hull City on Saturday and Mr Elliott has been conducting the preparation for Saturday’s game with emphasis upon the nature of the task in hand. He will, of course, be ready to name his choice of team, but there is not expected to be any announcement until tomorrow morning.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on November 23 1972.