THE REVOLVING doors of the Stadium of Light reception span with the spirit of 1973 yesterday.
Dennis Tueart, Jimmy Montgomery and Bobby Kerr all paraded alongside the Capital One Cup trophy, as the build-up to Sunday’s final took a predictable trip down memory lane.
It’s telling that television, radio and newspaper journalists are having to hunt down ex-pro’s who are eligible for a bus pass, just so they can get a tale about Sunderland success at Wembley.
But although the members of Bob Stokoe’s side would happily pass on the baton to the next generation, those 90 minutes in May, 73, have defined their lives.
For the current crop of Sunderland icons, they don’t have to look too far to grasp how much a trophy means to the people of Wearside.
Gus Poyet was asked whether he indeed understand what was riding on this weekend’s final.
His answer laced with passion and possessing an underlying current of determination to end that wait of four decades for a trophy.
“It’s the nice part of football; you sometimes don’t realise how important it is to win a trophy or how happy it makes people feel or how your life can change forever,” said Poyet.
“We are fortunate and very privileged to be in this situation.
“We can talk about the Premier League and the position in the table, but on Sunday… we are there.
“Sunderland. The players, the fans, the club, myself, my staff.
“I’m sure that every single club in England that is not there, would love to be there.
“You need to be one of the top four clubs in England to be able to go to Wembley every year or once every two years.
“But here, it happens once every 20 years. To win it? Oh my God, even more.”