Jimmy Montgomery

Benno on Monty

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by Oscar Chamberlain

Former captain speaks about club legend on his 70th birthday.

Former Sunderland captain Gary Bennett paid tribute to the career of the Black Cats’ record appearance holder Jimmy Montgomery on the former stopper’s 70th birthday.

His appearance record will never be broken, nobody will ever play over 600 games for one club like Jim has done and that’s a tribute to Jim – he’s all about loyalty.

- Gary Bennett

Bennett, who had ‘Monty’ as his assistant manager during his managerial spell at Darlington, said the Sunderland-born goalkeeper is a gentleman and his contribution to football on Wearside is second-to-none.

“Well first of all Jimmy is a gentleman and I’ve known Jim for many years, in fact, Jim was my number two when I was manager at Darlington so that’s how highly I think of Jimmy,” Bennett said.

“We know he’s an ambassador for the club but he’s part of the Former Players Association, he does lots of charity work, and he’s a great family man.

“His appearance record will never be broken, nobody will ever play over 600 games for one club like Jim has done and that’s a tribute to Jim – he’s all about loyalty.”

“People remember from 1973; the FA Cup and the double save but you’ve got to look at Jim as a man and what he has actually done for the football club and all the work he continues to do for the football club goes unseen really.”

Manchester-born Bennett reflected on his closest time with Montgomery when the two worked together at Feethams between 2000 and 2001.

“I was looking for somebody with experience to help me out at Darlo and I brought Jim in as my assistant manager,” he explained.

“He was a great help; the one thing you can’t knock is experience and for somebody who has won the FA Cup and played so many games for Sunderland at the highest level and you’ve got to remember he’s also got a European Cup Winners’ medal.”

Join Monty's birthday celebrations at a special 'This is your Life' event at the Stadium of Light.