Guthrie signs: may play for Reserves tomorrow night

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RON GUTHRIE, partner with David Young in the £35,000 package deal which Sunderland manager Mr Bob Stokoe agreed with Manager Joe Harvey of Newcastle United last week, today followed Young’s example by completing a full training sessions with his new team-mates at the Washington New Town training complex before signing for Sunderland.

Happy at the prospect of getting first team football on a regular basis, though neither he nor Young have been signed in time to qualify for Saturday’s F.A. Cup (Third Round) tie against Notts County at Meadow Lane, Guthrie may take an early opportunity of acquainting himself with the Roker Park atmosphere. He is named in a party of 13 for Sunderland Reserve’s North Midlands League game against Notts County Reserves tomorrow night. A decision on whether he plays will be taken tomorrow.

Martin Harvey, who is in charge of the Reserves, named his team today and if it should be decided to keep Guthrie out of the game, the left-back position will be filled by Maurice Hepworth.

Guthrie was all set to join Sunderland at the same time as Young last Thursday, but he became a flu victim and was ordered to bed over the weekend. After tying up the final details of his move with Mr Harvey yesterday, he reported to Washington this morning for training.

“We can forget about the League this week,” said Mr Stokoe and concentrate on getting a result in our Cup-tie at Nottingham. We desperately want to win this one and bring a little excitement for our supporters.

One problem

“At the moment we have only one problem. Bobby Kerr is troubled by a recurrence of the back condition which kept him out of training for a couple of days last week. He looked as though he was well over it against Brighton, but it is back again and he will be having another X-ray today to confirm, we hope, that it is a muscular condition.

“Dennis Tueart needed a couple of stitches in the eye injury which he received on Saturday, but he’s fit and rarin’ to go.

“Joe Bolton, who is with the England youth international squad for a three-day training session, will be back in time for Saturday’s game, and it seems certain that Richie Pitt will be filling the No. 6 spot, because David Young is ineligible.”

The Sunderland Reserves side for tomorrow night’s game at Roker Park (7.30) will be:

Swinburne, Thompson and Guthrie (or Hepworth), Dowd, Tones and Ashurst, Stronach, Chambers, Southwick, Hamilton and Kent. Substitute: Shannon.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 9 1973.