Charlie Hurley

Years at the Club

The captain of Sunderland’s first-ever promotion team in 1964, a year when he was runner-up to cup-winning skipper Bobby Moore as Footballer of the Year, Hurley was Sunderland’s most capped international until the modern era.

Hurley, however, is about much more than facts and figures.

He will always remain an iconic figure in football. A ball playing centre-half, in the days when many centre halves appeared to be more interested in playing the man than the ball, Hurley is famed as the first centre half in the game to go forward for corners.

Something he did to devastating effect and something centre-backs in every team in the world now do as a matter of routine. Charlie is the most charismatic of Sunderland heroes.

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