Pitt turns down Lincoln offer

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RICHIE PITT, 21-year-old Sunderland centre half who was substitute for Saturday’s game against Millwall, last night turned down the chance of a move to Fourth Division club, Lincoln City. He believes that dropping into the Fourth Division would be a bad move for him and still hopes that a First or Second Division Club will come along.

Manager Bob Stokoe says: “I don’t blame the lad. I know exactly how he feels. His decision makes no difference here. It means that he now has to wait for the next chance and, in the meantime, he will be very much in the swim with us.”

Jimmy Montgomery who missed training yesterday with a sore throat is the only casualty in Sunderland’s Cup pool, but Mr Stokoe was hopeful of having him back into full training this afternoon.

Peter Stronach was running a temperature yesterday and has been withdrawn from the youth team which visits Grimsby Town in a Northern Intermediate League game tonight.

Provisional plans to play the Sunderland v Carlisle League game at Roker Park next Tuesday have now been shelved at Carlisle’s request.

The match, which was scheduled for September 20, was originally postponed because of Carlisle’s League Cup replay against Liverpool.

Provided neither club was involved in an F.A. Cup replay next week it had been intended to stage the game then, but Carlisle have requested a further postponement because they have several players unfit.

No new date has been arranged.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 31 1973.