Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Take Inspiration from Sunderland's 1973 Cup Win, Says Hero Kerr

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Take Inspiration from Sunderland's 1973 Cup Win, Says Hero Kerr

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER

FA CUP winner Bobby Kerr says Hartlepool United should take heart from Sun-derland's famous 1973 giant-killing act against Leeds as Pool take on Premier League giants West Ham this afternoon, writes JAMES HUNTER.

Kerr skippered Sunderland to their magical FA Cup win over Don Revie's 'Super Leeds' team at Wembley before moving on and ending his career at the then Victoria Ground almost a decade later. Both of Kerr's former sides are in fourth-round action in the competition today, with Sunderland taking on Blackburn on Wearside, while League One Hartlepool are at home to Gianfranco Zola's Londoners, looking to claim a second Premier League scalp after knocking out Stoke in the last round. And, while Kerr will be at the Stadium of Light this afternoon, a part of him will be cheering on the underdogs at Victoria Park in the lunchtime kick-off as they bid to make it through to the last 16 for the first time in their history.

"Hartlepool are a good home team and you've always got a chance in the Cup - that's what makes the FA Cup special," said the Scot.

"They've already put out one Premier League team in Stoke so they know what it is like to be giant-killers. It won't be an easy game at Victoria Park in January - when it's cold there, it's really cold! West Ham won't have been jumping for joy when the draw was made, that's for sure. And don't forget, Sunderland were massive underdogs against Leeds in 1973, but we won that one all right!

"It's a big weekend for both Sunderland and Hartlepool. I've been invited to both games, but I'm going to go to the Sunderland match. But hopefully they'll both get through and keep the North East represented in the next round."

The iconic image of Kerr raised on the shoulders of his teammates and proudly clutching the FA Cup is now part of the history of the world's oldest club competition and that day in May, 36 years ago, is still a source of immense pride to the 61-year-old. It remains the highlight of his playing career and his eyes lit up when, along with fellow 1973 hero Jimmy Montgomery, he was reunited with the trophy yesterday at the Stadium of Light as part of the FA Cup Trophy Tour. …

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