Sunderland hero warns: Leeds will want revenge!

Dick Malone, second right, with fellow 1973 heroes Jimmy Montgomery, Bobby Kerr and Ron Guthrie
Dick Malone, second right, with fellow 1973 heroes Jimmy Montgomery, Bobby Kerr and Ron Guthrie

CUP WINNING hero Dick Malone expects Leeds United to have revenge in their sights, despite more than 41 years passing since Sunderland’s Wembley heroics.

Sunderland were tonight drawn at home to Championship Leeds in the third round of the FA Cup – the first time the teams have met in the competition since the Black Cats famously produced one of THE greatest ever upsets in 1973.

These days the roles are reversed, with Sunderland in the top flight, while Leeds are languishing in the second tier.

But former Sunderland defender Malone says that while generations have passed since that still-cherished day in 1973, Leeds’ current crop not have to go far for a history lesson in the run-up to the clash.

Malone told the Echo: “It is a tie that is going to generate a lot of emotion both for Sunderland and Leeds.

“It’s a nice thing for supporters because it gives them the chance to go down Memory Lane.

“But I think Leeds will be wanting to seek revenge and that will be part of their manager’s team talk.

“They won’t need any extra motivation for this one.

“People like Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer (both part of the Leeds team in 73) who are still around the club will be having a word in their ears.”

Leeds, currently lying in 16th place in the Championship, have had a tumultuous season, with three different managers at the helm and owner Massimo Cellino asked to step down by the Football League last week.

And while Malone envisages an evenly-poised tussle against Sunderland, he believes ex-Leeds assistant and Black Cats head coach Gus Poyet will oversee safe passage into the fourth round.

“I think it will be a tough game and a tight one, but I think ultimately Sunderland will have too much for them,” he added.

The third round tie will take place over the weekend of January 3-4.

The clubs have come together three times in the FA Cup before, most notably the Red and Whites’ 1973 final glory game.

Leeds progressed in both of the other FA Cup clashes. They won the first meeting of the clubs in the cup, 3-2 at Elland Road in 1926/27, with Bobby Marshall and the legendary Dave Halliday on target for the Wearsiders.

The sides met again in 1966/67, with the fiercely fought battle going to a third game at neutral Hull before Leeds edged home 2-1. Sunderland led in the original tie at Roker Park, courtesy of Neil Martin, and in the replay, with John O’Hare scoring, but both games ended 1-1.

Future Roker striker Rod Belfitt fired Leeds ahead in the second replay, but Allan Gauden equalised 12 minutes from time. Ian McColl’s men, though, were sunk by a last-gasp Johnny Giles penalty.

In other ties, Blyth Spartans were drawn at home to Championship Birmingham City, while Conference side Gateshead are away to Premier League West Brom.

Newcastle United were handed an all-Premier League tie, with a trip to Leicester City.

FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW: Arsenal v Hull City, Southampton v Ipswich, Stoke v Wrexham, Charlton v Blackburn, Dover v Crystal Palace, AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool, Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday, Aldershot/Rochdale v Nottingham Forest, West Brom v Gateshead, Blyth Spartans v Birmingham, Aston Villa v Blackpool, Rotherham v Bournemouth, Huddersfield v Reading, Oxford/Tranmere v Swansea, Cardiff v Colchester, Bolton v Wigan, Sunderland v Leeds, Burnley v Tottenham, Millwall v Bradford, Derby v Southport, Brentford v Brighton, Fulham v Wolves, Leicester v Newcastle, Scunthorpe/Worcester v Chesterfield, Everton v West Ham, Cambridge/Mansfield v Bury/Luton, Chelsea v Watford, Barnsley/Chester v Middlesbrough, QPR v Sheffield United, Accrington/Yeovil v Manchester United, Preston v Norwich, Doncaster v Bristol City.

Ties to be played across the weekend beginning January 3.