Stokoe, Sunderland and 73: The Story Of the Greatest FA Cup Final Shock of All Time (Paperback)
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Stokoe, Sunderland and 73: The Story Of the Greatest FA Cup Final Shock of All Time (Paperback)

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The story of the team that caused the last, great FA Cup upset...

Today, it seems inconceivable that a team from the lower reaches of the Championship could beat the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United in the FA Cup Final. Yet, on 5 May 1973 that is exactly what happened?

Six months earlier, Bob Stokoe took on an ailing Sunderland team, struggling at the bottom of the second division. But the long road to Wembley sees them beating Arsenal and Manchester City to reach the final, where they face Don Revie's mighty Leeds United in a game few expect them to win. Yet what lies ninety minutes ahead is the greatest FA Cup Final shock of all time. Sunderland's victory was, arguably, the last fairytale of recent footballing times. In STOKOE, SUNDERLAND AND '73, Lance Hardy talks to all the Sunderland players who turned out at Wembley that day and to the family of Bob Stokoe, to produce the definitive account of an unforgettable game.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780752883403
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 424 g
Dimensions: 157 x 235 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
As essential piece of British football history for fans of any club. Brillaintly researched and written with an undisguised passion. -- Guy Mowbray * BBC's MATCH OF THE DAY *
The angel is in the detail of such a loving work; you really get to know the players who beat Leeds United at Wembley. -- Patrick Barclay * TIMES *
Times have changed but this book is an engrossing reminder for all fans, not just Mackems, of the way it was. -- Simon Redfern * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY *
Through sport, quite ordinary folk can attain heroic status. Lance Hardy's entertaining book shows how it happens. * THE JOURNAL *
Evoking the atmosphere of a vanished footballing age, this is a fascinating account of a true David and Goliath sporting encounter. * SOUTH WALES ARGUS *
'If you like a fairytale, a story of an underdog or just a great football book, then make sure you pick up this brilliant account.' * IN BED WITH MARADONA.COM *
It is, without exaggeration, probably the finest football book that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. -- Dan Williams * ROKERREPORT.COM *

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“A great story, brilliantly told!”

Lance Hardy's account of Sunderland's '73 Cup win brings new meaning to the description "highly informative". The detail is superb and although the essential facts (including Bob Stokoe's... More

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