Ex Men: Southampton

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by Ashley Houghton

safc.com profiles three of the 24 players to play for both the Black Cats and the Saints.

Stern John

Trinidad and Tobago international Stern John began his career in the MLS with Carolina Dynamo, New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers and Columbus Crew before a move to Nottingham Forest in 1999.

After John joined Forest, the club suffered from financial problems and John was moved on to Birmingham City in 2002.

After playing over 80 games for Birmingham, where he scored an all-important goal against Millwall to send the Blues into the 2002 Championship play-off final, John joined Coventry City and finished as the Sky Blues’ top scorer in his first campaign.

In January 2007, after three years with Coventry, Roy Keane brought John to Sunderland where he scored five goals in 16 games to help steer the Black Cats to the Championship title.

John scored in his final game for the Wearside outfit in a 2-2 draw with Birmingham before moving to Southampton in August 2007.

He scored 20 goals in 52 appearances at St. Mary’s before spells with Crystal Palace and most recently Solihull Moors.

Jimmy Montgomery

Black Cats legend and all-time record appearance holder Jimmy Montgomery played for Southampton towards the end of his time at Sunderland.

The local lad, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, made 627 appearances for the Black Cats in a spell that spanned over 16 years.

Jimmy moved to the Hampshire club on loan in October 1976 and played five league games as the Saints finished 9th in Division Two.

Still part of the furniture at Sunderland AFC, Jimmy’s 70th birthday was marked last week with the renaming of the Stadium of Light’s Banqueting Suite to the Montgomery Suite.

Danny Higginbotham

Former Manchester United youth Danny Higginbotham joined Southampton in 2002 after spells with Royal Antwerp and Derby County.

During his time with the Saints, Danny made 106 appearances in three and a half seasons at St. Mary’s.

Higginbotham left the Saints for Stoke in 2006 and spent two seasons at the Britannia Stadium before joining Sunderland in 2007.

In just over a year on Wearside, Danny made 22 appearances, scoring three goals – most notably his header in a 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Newcastle United.