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Game of the Day: SAFC 3 Man City 1

by Kate Smith looks back on the famous FA Cup fifth round replay.

27th February 1973

Following an epic draw at Maine Road, Sunderland brought Malcolm Allison's City slickers to Roker Park for a fifth round FA Cup replay that would become one of the greatest games at the ground.

Manchester City were favourites to progress to the next round after beating champions Liverpool in their previous tie, however, the Lads had pushed City to the limit and goals from Billy Hughes and Micky Horswill were enough to force a return fixture on Wearside.

Over 50,000 fans packed out Roker Park to cheer on Bob Stokoe's men, creating a white-hot atmosphere to welcome Allison's team of all-stars, including Colin Bell, Rodney Marsh, Mike Summerbee, Francis Lee and future Sunderland midfielder Tony Towers.

It didn't take long for the famous Roker Roar to kick in, thanks to great build-up play from Billy Hughes, Ian Porterfield, Ron Guthrie and Micky Horswill.

They moved the ball from left to right across the City box before captain Bobby Kerr set up Vic Halom on the wide right.

Attacking the Fulwell End, Halom hit a sublime shot that flashed past goalkeeper Joe Corrigan and gave Sunderland the lead.

At the other end City were testing keeper Jimmy Montgomery who made a great save from a Marsh effort.

Ten minutes later, Sunderland were back in the driving seat ,as Hughes capitalised on a throw-in from Kerr and his 12 yard strike found the back of the net to double the Lads' lead.

Sunderland went into the break on the better side of a 2-0 score-line, much to the disbelief of both City and Sunderland fans alike.

At the beginning of the second period, the Blues came out on the attack. A spell of dangerous football from the visitors led to an effort from Francis Lee getting the better of Montgomery and it looked like Sunderland might let the tie slip way.

Montgomery was in fine form as the Blues bombarded the shot-stopper, and much to their frustration, City couldn't find that elusive second goal.

Unperturbed, Sunderland weathered the storm and Porterfield, Halom and Dick Malone combined to set up Dennis Tueart, after a lapse in concentration in City's back line.

Pandemonium ensued in the stands as Tueart teed up Hughes, who fired home Sunderland's third goal 12 minutes from time and secured Stokoe's men a place in the sixth round of the FA Cup.

The victory is remembered as one of the greatest games in Roker Park's 99 year history, and one of the most memorable moments on the route to Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup win.


Sunderland: Montgomery, Malone, Guthrie, Horswill, Watson, Pitt, Kerr, Hughes, Halom, Porterfield, Tueart

Man City: Corrigan, Book, Donachy, Doyle, Booth, Jeffries, Mellor, Bell, Marsh, Lee, Towers