SUNDERLAND were due for a better break in the Football League Cup this season, but their hopes were dashed when the second round pairings were made today, for they are set the toughest task of all – a visit to the Cup-holders, Stoke City, who took the trophy on merit last season after a fantastic display of skill and endurance. This is the fourth time in the last five seasons that Sunderland have had to travel in their first tie.
City were drawn away in the first four rounds last season, beating Southport (2-1), Oxford United (2-0 after 1-1), Manchester United (2-1 after 1-1 and 0-0), and Bristol Rovers (4-2), before beating West Ham United 3-2 in a semi-final replay and then taking the cup by a 2-1 margin against Chelsea at Wembley.
Sunderland went out in their first game on their visit to Bristol Rovers, who confirmed their cup-fighitng qualities by reaching the quarter-final and provided later proof of by beating Sheffield United in the final of the Watney Cup.
It is a tough draw for Newcastle United and Hartlepool, too, for both have been drawn away. United’s task is a tricky trip to Port Vale, who will have to confer with neighbouring Stoke on which tie will be played on September 5, with the other on September 6.
Hartlepool have to take on First Division opposition by visiting Coventry City.
Carlisle United can look for a bumper attendance when they entertain Liverpool, but Middlesbrough are offered the comparatively easy trip into the third round by taking on Wrexham at Ayresome Park.
Alan Ball, Britain’s costliest football, faces his former Everton colleagues, the Merseysiders coming to Highbury in one of two all-First Division ties, Norwich v Leicester being the other.
There are plum ties for Second Division sides, Swindon (home to Derby Country) and Oxford (home to Manchester United).
Ball faced Everton in his first home game after his £225,000 move last December, the Goodison club taking a point from a 1-1 draw. This season Arsenal have made an impressive start, while Everton with several costly newcomers have taken three points from two games.
Derby County’s visit to Swindon brings another reunion, Dave Mackay, the man who helped Country into the first Division in 1968-69, now managing the West Country club.
THE draw for the second round of the football League Cup to be played on September 5 or 6 is as follows: Leeds v Burnley, Manchester City v Rochdale, Arsenal v Everton, Tottenham v Huddersfield, Wolves v Orient, West Ham v Bristol City, West Brom v QPR, Stoke v SUNDERLAND, Coventry v HARTLEPOOL, Southampton v Chester, Crystal Palace v Bradford City or Stockport County, Notts Forest v Aston Villa, Norwich v Leicester, Birmingham v Luton, MIDLESBROUGH v Wrexham, Carlisle v Liverpool, Swindon v Derby, Hull v Reading or Fulham, Sheffield Wed v Bolton, Bury v Barnsley or Grimsby, Charlton v Mansfield, Bournmouth v Blackpool, Swansea or Newport v Ipswich, Cardiff or Bristol Rovers v Brighton, Rotherham v Brentford, Gillingham v Millwall, Notts County v Southport, Oxford v Manchester Utd, Southend v Chelsea, Portsmouth v Scunthorpe or Chesterfield, Port Vale v NEWCASTLE, Workington v Sheffield Utd.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on August 17 1972.