SUNDERLAND legends Dick Malone and Micky Horswill are hoping Jack Ross’s Wembley-bound side will write them out of the record books later this month.
The two ex-SAFC players – forever heroes in the eyes of fans for being part of the glorious FA Cup-winning side of 1973 – were part of the last Sunderland team to win a trophy at the national stadium.
But both are keeping fingers crossed that the current Black Cats’ side will lift silverware on Sunday, March 31st to create their own bit of history.
Dick said: “I’m thrilled that Sunderland have reached the final and nothing would give me greater pleasure than seeing them walk up the famous steps at the final whistle to pick up winner’s medals and the cup.
“Winning the FA Cup in 1973 was an incredible achievement which will never be forgotten. “Despite Sunderland’s fantastic previous history, we were giant-killers at the time, taking on the might Leeds.
“But although we were underdogs then, we were all aware of Sunderland’s great tradition and huge fanbase and we hoped that that Cup victory would lead the club back to glory days.
“If you had told me back in ‘73 that we would get to 2019, almost 50 years later without another Wembley victory for Sunderland, I wouldn’t have believed you.
“It has gone on way too long and I would love nothing more than for Sunderland fans to have a new generation of players to celebrate lifting a Cup at Wembley.”
Dick was speaking alongside Micky when the two met at the George Washington Hotel for the recent launch of the Mayor’s Charity Golf Day, due to be held on Friday, April 12.
Mick said: “I couldn’t be happier for the fans who have been through so much over recent seasons and have now got such a great day ahead of them.
“Some people will say it is only Checkatrade Trophy but that won’t make a jot of difference to Sunderland fans – they’re going to Wembley and it is going to be great.
“And I tell you something, when the final comes and all those red and white fans start filling up Wembley, the country will be reminded of just what a great club it is and what a great set of supporters they have, regardless of what division they are in.
“They are special.”
Ian Gray, general manager of the George Washington, said today: “Sunday, March 31st was going to be all about Mother’s Day’s for the hotel but we’ll be making arrangements to ensure that the final is screened live.
“Hopefully that way the entire family can be kept happy and our guests can enjoy a double celebration!”
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