SAFC Movember XI

by Stuart Vose

Charity push honoured with special side.

In honour of the month of Movember, we’ve put together a special SAFC Tache XI.

The yearly charity push helps raise funds and awareness around mens’ health, including prostate and testicular cancer.

We’ve picked out 11 players from throughout the club’s history sporting fine foliage, managed by Middlesbrough legend and former Sunderland boss George Hardwick.

The side lines up in an ambitious 3-4-3 formation, though little would get past our trio of centre-halves – Nyron Nosworthy, Emerson Thome and Charlie Thomson, who made 265 appearances for the club between 1908-1915.

And if opponents did manage to worm their way through, they’d come up against Barry Siddall in goal.

Into midfield, where Bobby Kerr and his legendary tache are patrolling. The little general’s glorious upper lip is immortalized in the famous picture of him lifting the FA Cup in 1973.

He’s joined by current star David Meyler, who took part in Movember for the first time last year and is doing so again this time around. Look him up at

Temporary tache-wearer Julio Arca is on one wing with Eighties winger Paul Atkinson on the other.

Turn of the century star Jimmy Millar, who scored 123 goals in 260 games during two spells with the club, slots in up front alongside Mel Holden, who spent three years on Wearside in the mid to late Seventies.

The pair are joined by a modern goalscoring legend, Kevin Phillips, who qualifies for the side thanks to an obscure archive pic and would certainly bring goals having scored 277 times during his career so far.

See above for a pictorial run-down of our Movember stars.