The South Shields SAFC fan who got a right telling off from a nurse after Sunderland's 1973 FA Cup semi-final
A South Tyneside SAFC fan remembered the day he got a telling off from a nurse – for going to Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup semi-final.
Brian Martin had just had the toenail on his big toe removed when he went to Sheffield.
But there was a snag and Brian, from South Shields, explained: “Five days before the match, I had a big toe nail removed and was told to rest. Naturally I ignored this advice and travelled to Sheffield with thousands of others from the North East.
“When Vic Halom scored early on for us, it felt that half of our fans were standing on my big toe which was well ruined by then but I didn't care as the lads swept to a historic victory.”
He paid 70 pence for a ticket for the East Enclosure and was rewarded with watching Sunderland recording a famous victory.
The nurse who ‘went ballistic’
Brian was back in hospital the next day.
“I had to go to our local infirmary to have my dressing changed and the nurse went ballistic,” said Brian.
But the nurse wasn’t angry at Brian’s decision not to rest.
“When I told here where I'd been, she said she wished she had been there herself!”
Brian was at Wembley in the west standing enclosure and got his ticket autographed by Micky Horswill and Ian Porterfield.
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He was 19 then and will be 69 next month.
Our thanks go to him for a wonderful memory and we want yours. Were you at Wembley or did you miss the final through illness or perhaps just sheer bad luck?
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