Posh v Sunderland FA Cup 4th Rd – 18 Feb 1967
Venue: Roker Park, Sunderland
Score: Peterborough Utd 1 v Sunderland 7
Referee: H. Richards.
Despite there being plenty of excitement at London Road after Posh were rewarded for a third round FA Cup win over non-league Bedford with a trip to First Division side Sunderland in the 4th round, the aftermath from this game was a £500 fine from the FA and demotion to the Fourth Division!
Sunderland was the home of Scottish international legend Jim Baxter, future England defender Colin Todd and a couple of emerging stars in goalkeeper Jim Montgomery and midfielder Bobby Kerr, two names who would lead the club to one of the greatest FA Cup Final shocks of all-time a few years later.
Although Posh had failed to build on their excellent first season as a Football League club, they were at the time of the game safely established in Division 3.
So a good day out at Roker Park was guaranteed. There was also the chance of adding to the Posh reputation of giant-killers as two years earlier they had knocked mighty Arsenal out of the competition at London Road.
However the Posh suffered their heaviest defeat since joining the Football League when losing 7-1 at Sunderland.
There was never any doubt Posh would be beaten for they were jittery at the start, failed to weather the all-important opening 20 minutes and found themselves 4-0 down at half-time. It was a miracle Sunderland didn’t go on to score more than the 7 they did.
The First Division masters toyed and carved up the Third Division side.
The Posh defence didn’t have a streak of ruthlessness about it and the attack wasted chances as though they believed they are already 5-0 up.
The team had a haggard look of a Fourth Division side about them.
Tommy Watson did score the goal of the game with a screamer from the edge of the box to make it 6-1. Posh had a couple of half chances, but Sunderland made chances at will so Posh did well to hold it to 7-1.
Match receipts from the 43,998 crowd at Roker Park was £10,600 is still the attendance is the seventh biggest crowd to have ever watched Posh.
The Posh: Tony Millington, Peter Johnson (sub. George Adams), Ian Crawford, Ron Cooper, John Kirkham, Brian Wright, Ollie Conmy, Tommy Watson, Mike Beesley, John Mason and Johnny Byrne.
Sunderland: Jimmy Montgomery, Cecil Irwin, Martin Harvey, Colin Todd, George Kinnell, Jim Baxter, Bobby Kerr, John O’Hare, Neil Martin, George Herd and George Mulhall. Unused sub: Colin Suggett.
The Posh – Tommy Watson.
Sunderland – John O’Hare 13 mins, Neil Martin (3) 14 mins, 27 mins & 47 mins, Bobby Kerr (2) 18 mins & 50 mins and Jim Baxter (pen) 74 mins.