This, on a day when there seems a lull in the frantic transfer process, is priceless.
To agree with that assessment, you need only to enjoy football history, relish a rare opportunity to see Sunderland beat Everton with ease or hanker for days when commentary came in clipped military tones, boys were passed over the heads of spectators to be nearer the front and what seems like straw was thrown in the air in goal celebration.
The date was February 15 1964, the occasion SAFC’s fifth-round FA Cup tie at home to Everton. We had already beaten Northampton Town 2-0 and Bristol City 6-1 in the earlier rounds, each game drawing 40-000+ crowds to Roker Park. It was also a thrilling promotion season in which Dorty Leeds bullied and bustled their way to top spot, two points ahead of us.
Not far short of 63,000 turned up to see Everton, reigning English champions. They were no match for Alan Brown’s rampant team, which roared to a 3-0 half-time lead with goals from Jimmy McNab, Charlie Hurley and, into his own net, Mick Meagan. A consolation goal for Everton in the second half was not enough to stop Sunderland marching on to the remarkable series of three game in the Sixth round against Manchester United.
Moral victors twice, 3-3 at Old Trafford and 2-2 in the first replay, on both occasions deserving better, our knackered heroes had a tough derby, vs Boro, to contend with (0-0) before the second replay brought a 5-1 thrashing at Huddersfield.
I know I was there for the first replay but not at Old Trafford or Huddersfield. Despite seeing a lot of the team that season, I simply have no recollection of the other rounds. Pete Sixsmith will know, of course …
Here is how British Pathe recorded the Everton win:
And this is the end of the run:
You may be able to navigate the site and find other gems, from that season and others. Thanks Jake for alerting me to this, at the Salut! Sunderland Facebook group.