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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.

Reviews

It is, without exaggeration, probably the finest football book that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
Dan Williams, ROKERREPORT.COM
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
Through sport, quite ordinary folk can attain heroic status. Lance Hardy's entertaining book shows how it happens.
THE JOURNAL
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
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
Times have changed but this book is an engrossing reminder for all fans, not just Mackems, of the way it was
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
As essential piece of British football history for fans of any club. Brilliantly 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, THE TIMES
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
InBedWithMaradona.com
It is, without exaggeration, probably the finest football book that I have ever had the pleasure of reading
Dan Williams, ROKERREPORT.COM
I very much warmed to a familiar story, given added depth by amusing material, genuine feeling and honest appraisal
WHEN SATURDAY COMES