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Fan Letters: Cup run ‘totally vindicates Lee Johnson’s decision to take the League Cup seriously’

Potential League Cup quarter finals opponents are all the talk, with some Charlie Hurley memories thrown in for good measure!

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Dear Roker Report,

Delighted with the fact we’re into the quarters. I think it totally vindicates Lee Johnson’s decision to take the League Cup seriously. Those early wins against Port Vale and Blackpool look like masterstrokes now. Personally I hope we get a home draw, a big crowd and one of the big boys – Liverpool would be my preference. It’s been too long since the Stadium of Light hosted world class footballers – surely every Sunderland fan would love to see us clash with Salah, Mane, Van Dijk and of course Henderson. The League Cup has helped give us momentum this season, long may it continue.


Benjamin Eckford

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Thanks for your email Benjamin – the team selection for the cup has been interesting, and it’s something Gav and me talked about on the QPR reaction pod. Johnson’s made a number of changes for each League Cup game – we made seven changes against QPR – but the strength of our squad means we’re still fielding a really strong team. It’s testament to the recruitment work over the summer plus the motivation of the players who haven’t been playing regularly in the league. In terms of the next round, I’d always go for the ‘easiest’ draw possible... I was disappointed Stoke and Preston were knocked out. I’d like West Ham at home, just for the opportunity of revenge over David Moyes.

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Benjamin would like to see Liverpool come to the SoL in the quarters!
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Dear Roker Report,

Way back in the 60s when Charlie Hurley was at his best me and my dad were super supporters. I can’t remember now what year in the 60s Sunderland played Everton at home and I couldn’t go so dad was waiting to get bus at Ferryhill when an Everton supporters bus stopped and saw his club scarf and said show us the way to the ground and we will take you. Ok! Off they went and they gave him a ride back home. I am sure we won 3-1. Brian Labone played that night the present England centre half then. On the bus after the match dad said all the supporters could talk about was Hurley and how he was so great and such a pity he wasn’t English. I saw him a lot at Roker Park and have never seen a player to match him. I once got to shake his hand.

Ken Moses

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Great memories, Ken – I’d have loved to have seen Charlie Hurley play! Have you washed your hand yet?

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Dear Roker Report,

I want Arsenal at the SOL next round of the cup.

Dunno why, just think they’ve got a bit of a weak underbelly and if they field a team of – albeit talented – kids, they will still feel pressure in front of a big crowd under the lights.

Maybe I’m just daydreaming...

Chris C from Richmond North Yorks

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Whoever we face is going to give us a really tough game, but who knows what could happen Chris. I’ve got such a lot of confidence in this squad that I think we’d give anyone a game on our day!


Farewell, Tony, and thanks for the Sunderland memories


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