Barry Siddall

Cult Heroes: Barry Siddall

by Ashley Houghton

We profile keeper who made almost 200 appearances for the club.

Barry Siddall was the man brought in by Bob Stokoe to replace legendary goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery.

After making his debut in a 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa back in 1976, Siddall went on to make 192 appearances for the Black Cats following a difficult start.

Siddall’s debut was also the last game Stokoe would take charge of and a run of 12 defeats in 15 games followed.

Ian MacFarlane took caretaker charge for seven games and following the appointment of Jimmy Adamson, both Dick Malone and Billy Hughes left the club.

Inevitably that run of form meant even a four-game winning streak in February couldn’t keep Adamson’s side in the top flight, and, it was another three seasons before they would return under the stewardship of Ken Knighton.

Siddall joined former Black Cats boss Billy Elliott at Darlington on loan towards the end of his spell at Roker Park before going on to make a total of 614 Football League appearances in a career spanning 21 years.