Jimmy Montgomery

A true legend

by Stuart Vose

Why Jimmy Montgomery is a real footballing hero.

“Cherry going in, and a great save, and a goal….no! My goodness, I thought Lorimer had got that one!”

Jimmy Montgomery’s save against Leeds United is immortalized in Sunderland history – one of the moments which define this great club.

Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer couldn’t believe it as their close-range efforts were repelled, ensuring Ian Porterfield’s goal would secure the 1973 FA Cup.

‘Monty’ is quite rightly considered to be amongst Sunderland’s best ever players and his appearance record of 627 senior games may well never be beaten.

Just to be part of this club is fantastic

- Jimmy Montgomery

He is Sunderland through and through and there are few former players who retain the passion for their club like the big man, who was born and bred in the area.

He has been active in the Former Players’ Association for years and, at the age of 68, still does a wide range of work for the club, including hosting a table and entertaining guests on matchdays.

It was a fitting tribute when Jimmy was appointed as the club’s first ever ambassador back in February.

He said at the time: “To be given the honour of being Sunderland AFC's first ever ambassador is fantastic.

“It's brilliant and I accepted the role without any problems whatsoever. Just to be a part of this club is fantastic.”

Universally respected, Jimmy also brings his infectious personality to the table and his ability to hold a crowd’s attention is almost unrivalled, ranking alongside that master of oratory, Niall Quinn.

He is truly happy continuing to serve the club with which he has been associated with almost his whole life, and nowhere was that more evident than on the club’s pre-season trip to South Korea.

Montgomery travelled with the club’s official party and was popping up everywhere, including down at the training ground where he had some sage advice for the club’s goalkeepers.

One minute he was meeting the British Ambassador, the next holding fans in the palm of his hand with some of his fantastic stories from years gone by.

Jimmy’s passion for everything about the club shone through – and that’s what makes him a true Sunderland legend.