Player of the Day: Bobby Kerr

by Stuart Vose

The 'Little General' takes the spotlight.

Fiery Scot Bobby Kerr is up there with the greatest players to have had the honour of skippering the club.

Of course, Kerr is most widely known for leading Sunderland to FA Cup glory in 1973, but he contributed so much more during a spell which spanned more than half the Sixties and almost all of the Seventies – sixteen years in total.

Kerr was nicknamed the ‘Little General’ and there was certainly something of a midfield schemer about him, coupled with a wholehearted attitude and a steely will to win.

His style of play belied a 5’5” frame which left many bigger opponents floundering, none more so than the all-conquering Leeds United side he faced at Wembley.

Bobby was no stranger to hardship, having twice battled back from severe leg breaks as a young player at Roker Park.

Rather than being hampered, he prospered and became an integral member of the side. In five straight seasons from 1971 and 1976, he never made less than 40 appearances.

Along with his colleagues, Kerr was immortalized in Sunderland history when he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 1973 – the midfielder featured in all nine ties of a gruelling cup run.

The Scot followed up with a Division Two title in 1976 before departing for Blackpool in March 1979, aged 32 and with 427 appearances in the books.

He later had a short spell at Hartlepool United before entering the licensed trade and is still a regular at the Stadium of Light to this day.