Roker promotion fighters have earned warm welcome home

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HAVING made a fine start to their tough opening programme, which gave them only one home game out of the first four, Sunderland will be all out to convince supporters that they are live promotion candidates when they take on Swindon Town at Roker Park on Saturday afternoon.

Their bold challenge against Blackpool in a 0-0 draw at Bloomfield Road on Monday night won them a lot of admirers in the Lancashire crowd and earned them a warm welcome home on Saturday.

Although there were a lot of knocks and bruises at Bloomfield Road, a check on fitness this morning confirmed that there is no injury hang-over, enabling Manager Alan Brown to name an unchanged side.

Joe Bolton is still undergoing treatment for the knee and thigh injuries which have kept him out of action since the home win over Orient a fortnight ago, so Keith Coleman will have the opportunity to repeat the excellent form which he displayed against Blackpool.

There will be no change in the starting line-up, but there is a change of substitute, with Jimmy Hamilton taking over from Billy Hughes.

The team will be:

Montgomery, Malone and Coleman, Horswill, Pitt and Porterfield, McGiven, Kerr, Watson, Lathan and Tueart. Substitute, Hamilton.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on August 31 1972.