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What became of… Jimmy (Monty) Montgomery?

by Richard DJJ Bowdery

Enduring memories

For those of us who watched the 1973 Cup Final, two images were forever etched in our memories that day.

The first was the Sunderland keeper’s heroic double save – from Leeds duo Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer – which denied the Yorkshire side an equalizer and, ultimately, the Cup.

The second was Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe, arms aloft and trilby on head, running onto the hallowed turf to embrace one player in particular.

In both cases it was the same man, Jimmy (Monty) Montgomery. But what became of him..?

Wearside Lad

Local boy Monty made his first-team debut for Sunderland in 1962 at the tender age of 17, in a League Cup tie against Walsall. Four months later came his league debut against Derby County in the old Second Division.

He went on to make 627 appearances for the Black Cats between 1962 and 1977, a club record.


After Stokoe left the club Monty found himself loaned out to Southampton and then Birmingham City who signed him on a permanent deal. He made over 70 appearances for the Blues before being snapped up by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest, as understudy to Peter Shilton.

While at Forest he won another major honour when they beat Hamburg in the 1980 European Cup Final. But this time Monty was an unused substitute.

Hangs up his Gloves

With his playing days over, Monty became a goalkeeping coach at two of his former clubs: Birmingham City and Sunderland, following a spell as the Black Cats youth team manager. He was also active in the Players’ Association, a forerunner of the PFA.

Monty then moved from coaching players to working at Sunderland as a club host on match-days, entertaining guests with stories from his playing days.

Then in February 2012 he was appointed as the club’s first ever ambassador. He said at the time: “To be given the honour of being Sunderland AFC’s first ever ambassador is fantastic.”


Jimmy (Monty) Montgomery continues to be an integral part of Sunderland’s off-the-field activities. And his over 50 years of service to football – and in particular Sunderland AFC – has earned him a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Jimmy Montgomery

Montgomery has an appointment at the Palace

On hearing the news 71 year-old Monty said: “I am absolutely delighted…it’s a great honour to receive this award.”

When he goes to the Palace to pick up his medal, I wonder if Prince William (an Aston Villa fan) will pull Monty aside to ask about his wonderful double-save, 42 years on. After all the Prince can’t ask his grandmother, she wasn’t there that day. It was the Duke of Kent who presented the trophy.


Sunderland v Man City Preview
PLUS The Greatest Cup Final Upset: The Story of ’73


The odds, unsurprisingly, heavily favour a City victory on Sunday. For some the question is not can they win but can Gus Poyet and his boys keep it respectable.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has his work cut out to stop a rampant Man City

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has his work cut out to stop a rampant Man City

That perhaps does The Black Cats a disservice. They’ve become a solid outfit under the Uruguayan and will make it tough in the early going. The key here could be an early goal. If City strike quickly it would be hard to see Sunderland getting back into it, and if they start to take risks as they chase the game the they could play into City’s hands and be picked off.

An upset would almost certainly have to mirror the performance of 41 years ago, namely; score first and be lucky!

A 1-0 scoreline in favour of the outsiders is a whopping 30/1.

If you think free-scoring City can match the record margin of victory (set last year by Swansea over Bradford) then you can get 25/1 on 5-0.

Good value can be found in a City comeback; with a HT/FT bet on Sunderland/Man City coming in at 20/1 whilst City to Come From Behind & Win is at 7/1.

Former City player Adam Johnson is 14/1 to open the scoring, while you can get 5/2 on Aguero, 3/1 on Negredo and 9/1 on Nasri.

BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY: A man for the big game, we’ve gone for Yaya Toure to score first at 11/2.

Odds courtesy of PaddyPower.

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The Greatest Shock of All: The Story of Sunderland in ’73

Leeds were an effective and efficient machine, battle-hardened and bold, under manager Don Revie they had won titles and cups domestically and competed with the best in European competition. A team with ten international players, they came to Wembley as the Cup holders, for their third Final in four years.

Sunderland were in the Second Division, and when their new manager Bob Stokoe took over during the season, they were languishing third from bottom.

No Second Division side had won the Cup for over 40 years and none of the experts – in fact hardly anyone outside of Sunderland – gave them anything but the faintest hope of winning. Yet, at Wembley, that all counted for nothing as Sunderland won by a single goal.


The game began in heavy rain and this seemed to have an affect on the favourites as it was the Leeds passes that went astray. Sunderland, with Horswill and Porterfield taking an early grip in midfield, were continually first to the ball. Even the great Billy Bremner, captain of Leeds, was hurried out of his stride.

As the game wore on though Leeds, prompted by the accurate passes of Giles, started to open up the Second Division side.

However Sunderland proved themselves to be no pushovers as the commanding figure of Watson at the heart of their defence thwarted the striking prowess of Jones, Clarke and Lorimer.

Leeds had to look elsewhere for inspiration. Despite pre-match predictions to the contrary, the skilful Gray would fail to cut Sunderland’s right flank to pieces. Kerr, the Sunderland skipper, was dropped back to snuff that threat out and Gray was eventually replaced by Yorath.

For all that, Leeds had their chances. Clarke had the best of them and Leeds might have been ahead before Sunderland scored but for another timely intervention from Watson.


The underdogs celebrate their great victory

Sunderland looked for a pacey counter with ‘Triple H’. Hughes and Halom chased everything and behind them Horswill probed relentlessly, trying shots at every opportunity.

Sunderland were not behaving like underdogs, and on the half-hour they struck.

Leeds keeper David Harvey pushed a long shot from Kerr over the bar. From the resulting corner Hughes, with Halom and Watson in the box occupying the defenders, found Ian Porterfield.

The Scot was calmness personified as he killed the ball on his left thigh and swung to hit it powerfully home with his right foot.


As you’d expect, Revie’s men fought back with a determined assault just before half-time and with continued to turn the screws through the second half.

In the 70th minute it seemed Leeds would at last get their reward.

A Paul Reaney cross was met by Trevor Cherry with a diving header across goal. The Sunderland keeper Jimmy Montgomery flew to reach it with his left hand and manged to palm it away – straight into the path of Peter Lorimer, who possessed one of the most powerful and accurate shots in the game.

Lorimer hit it fiercely towards what appeared to be the empty goalmouth – but, miraculously, Montgomery twisted, changed direction and diverted the ball on to the underside of the bar. It bounced to safety.

It was, more so than Porterfield’s goal, the moment of the match.

There were anxious moments for Sunderland as Montgomery made further saves from Bremner, Yorath and Cherry.  A penalty appeal was also waved away before Clarke was again denied when he might have scored.

But Sunderland held firm. In fact in the last minute they could have doubled their lead. Only a supreme effort from Harvey in the Leeds goal tipped away a Halom shot bound for the angle of bar and post.

1973 FA Cup: Sunderland Homecoming

Days after lifting the cup Sunderland fans pronounced Don Revie’s all-conquering Leeds United side “dead” with a mock coffin placed on the pitch during the Wearside club’s celebratory ‘homecoming’ at Roker Park.

The FA Cup Final
May 5th 1973, Wembley Stadium

Sunderland 1-0 Leeds United

Sunderland: Montgomery; Malone, Guthrie; Horswill, Watson, Pitt; Kerr (c), Hughes, Halom, Porterfield, Tueart
Sub not used: Young
Goal: Porterfield (31)

Leeds United: Harvey; Reaney, Cherry; Bremner, Madeley, Hunter; Lorimer, Clarke, Jones, Giles, Gray (Yorath, 75)

Referee: Mr K Burns

Attendance: 100,000

Would Victory For Sunderland Over City Be A Bigger Upset Than ’73 Triumph Over Leeds?

Sunderland pulled off the greatest ever FA Cup Final shock when they beat Leeds United 1-0 in 1973. They have a chance to do the same in the League Cup Final at the weekend if they overcome Manchester City.

But would a triumph over the riches of Manchester City be a greater achievement for Sunderland than victory over Leeds in ’73…? Below BOBBY writers Rob Shepherd and Karl Hofer give the case for and against.

NO – says Rob Shepherd

It will take the spirit of ’73 for Sunderland to beat Manchester City in the Capital One Cup at Wembley on Sunday – but if Gus Poyet’s team do overcome City it won’t quite compare to Sunderland’s seismic success over Leeds back in 1973.

Even if the financial gap between Sunderland and City is bigger now than it was between The Rokerites (as the Blacks Cats were then) and Leeds 41 years ago – despite the fact the Wearsiders were in the second tier – it should not be underestimated how the chasm of class was perceived to be back then.

Don Revie’s side were at their swaggering peak even if on reflection they never accumulated as much silverware as they ought to have done.

City are evolving into a phenomenal force but as yet don’t have the all round strength and yes sometimes cynicism that Leeds had back then with players such as Norman Hunter, Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner, Peter Lorimer and Allan Clarke.

Despite a swashbuckling run to the final, including victory over Arsenal in the semis, second division Sunderland were given absolutely no chance.

But Bob Stokoes’s team produced a wonderfully defiant display characterised by an astonishing double save from Sunderland keeper Jim Mongomery to keep Leeds out.

And then the late Ian Porterfield, who went on to manage Chelsea, popped up to snatch a winner.

Memorably at the final whistle Manager Stokoe, clad in trench coat and donning a trilby hat, evaded a steward before dancing across the Wembley turf to embrace his heroes.

Bob Stokoe hugs goalkeeper Jim Montgomery after winning FA Cup Final 1973

Bob Stokoe hugs goalkeeper Jim Montgomery after winning FA Cup Final 1973

In context the win remains the greatest giant killing in an English cup final.

Of course last season Wigan, who would get relegated from the premier League days later, pulled off an unlikely win to hoist the FA Cup by beating City 1-0.

In that sense it shows City for all their financial power and pool of talent don’t have the aura that Leeds had back then.

That said, City’s attacking power may mean they overhaul the record score line for a league cup final (since becoming a one-off rather than two legged affair) which was achieved last season by Swansea when they beat Bradford 5-0.

A six-nil for City would not be a surprise but a win for relegation haunted Sunderland would not be a shock quite as high on the Richter scale as it was when the club beat the Mighty Leeds back in 1973.


YES – says Karl Hofer

The romance of Sunderland’s shock victory over Leeds in ’73 is the reason why we love cup football in this country. Don Revie’s Leeds side had matured in the conflicts of the First Division and European competition. They were no flamboyant Fancy-Dans who ‘didn’t like it up them’ and therefore could be rattled into submission. No, Leeds had the players for a battle all right, so a win would have to come through football and a fair bit of luck – which famously it did.

But times have changed. Back in ’73 Leeds may have had a side with ten internationals, but they were ten internationals from the British Isles. The side Sunderland face on Sunday is one where every player, including the ones sitting on the bench, are internationals, recruited as they were from around the globe at great expense.

That fact alone puts the task facing Sunderland into context.

OK, unlike the final of ’73 both teams are in the top flight, but the gap between City and Sunderland – or City and mostly anyone for that matter – is just gigantic.

Football, now more than ever, is dominated by money. City’s squad has an estimated value of £400m compared to the £90m value given to the Black Cats. An unusually busy season for arrivals at Sunderland (due in no small part to previous manager Paulo Di Canio) saw 21 new faces arrive at The Stadium of Light for nearly £30m – which is £4m less than City paid for Fernandinho alone.

So in economic terms the Sunderland squad is £310m worse than Manchester City’s squad. Even allowing for inflation you can’t say the same is true of the ’73 finalists.

Nasri, Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero,

Alvaro Negredo, left, celebrates scoring with Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri. The three of them cost as much as the entire Sunderland squad.

It is that financial advantage which has boosted City’s firepower to the point that Pellegrini’s men are set to beat all goal scoring records for a single season.

Manchester City are also most people’s tip to go on and win the league, although Chelsea and Arsenal will have something to say about that of course. Back in the 72-73 season Leeds finished third in the table behind Liverpool and Arsenal but were beaten ten times in the league, something that will not happen to Manuel Pellegrini’s team this year, regardless of where they finish.

I expect a real battle on Sunday. The recent Arsenal game apart, when the players were no doubt concerned about missing the final through injury or suspension, Gus Poyet has added real steel to this Sunderland side. But lifting the trophy against this talent-laden tide of Sky Blue is surely beyond them, and few people outside Wearside will be bothering the bookies to say otherwise no matter how big a price Poyet’s men are given.

If the Black Cats do pull off the unthinkable on Sunday then rest assured their lineup will be nostalgically recalled in 40 years time by Sunderland fans with even greater reverence than Ian Porterfield’s teammates are nowadays – and that is despite the fact this is the League Cup and not the more heralded FA Cup.


League Cup Final – Sunderland v Manchester City, Sunday March 2nd, 2pm


Marvel Moore is England Centurion World Cup Hero Earns 100th Cap v Scotland in Feb 1973

On February 14th 1973 Bobby Moore reached an incredible milestone when he pulled on the England shirt for the 100th time, becoming only the third player to achieve the feat after former captain Billy Wright and Bobby Charlton.

Moore (right) wins his 100th cap as he and Billy Bremner lead the England and Scotland teams out at Hampden Park in 1973

Moore wins his 100th cap as he and Billy Bremner lead the teams out at Hampden Park on Feb 14th 1973

It was an important game for Moore for personal reasons, but fittingly it was also an important one for England as they faced the Auld Enemy Scotland at Hampden Park, a fixture that is never really ‘friendly’ despite the label.

Joining Moore in the England side were two other survivors from the 1966 team; Martin Peters and Alan Ball, but they were overshadowed by some of the newer members of the squad as England inflicted a St Valentine’s Day massacre on the Scots who were swept aside 5-0 – with Moore marshaling the Three Lions defence expertly.

A brace from Allan Clarke, plus strikes from Mick Channon and Martin Chivers plus a Peter Lorimer own goal provided the goals for England in a crushing home defeat for a Scotland team that included the likes of Billy Bremner, Kenny Dalglish and George Graham.

Despite the clean sheet Moore was nearing the end of his reign as England’s main man. Things came to a head three months later in a World Cup qualifier away to Poland when Moore was at fault for both goals in a 2-0 loss.

Moore was dropped by Sir Alf Ramsey for the return game at Wembley which England had to win to qualify for the finals. Famously they could only draw 1-1 and it signalled the end for both Ramsey and Moore. Sir Alf was sacked six months later while Moore made his final appearance for his country in the next match – a friendly against Italy at Wembley. Again England lost, this time 1-0 to a goal scored by the man who would later give David Beckham his 100th cap: Fabio Capello.

When he retired from the international game he held the all-time England cap record with 108 appearances (he has since been overtaken by Peter Shilton on 125), and he equalled Billy Wright’s record of captaining England 90 times.

Two months later he played his last game for West Ham and then left for Fulham where he began to wind down his career before, just as Beckham would 30 years later, he moved to the USA to play where he turned out for San Antonio Thunder and Seattle Sounders.

Like Beckham, Moore was no slouch when it came to commercial opportunities – although this advert featuring Bobby and Tina Moore ‘Looking in at the Local’ lacks the posing-in-your-underwear-to-moody-French-dialogue feel that Beckham has since made his own.

by Karl Hofer.

The Man Who Ruined Moore’s Farewell Italian scorer is familiar figure to England fans


Bobby Moore’s last England game was against Italy in November 1973

By Rob Shepherd.

This week 40 years ago Bobby Moore made his 108th and last England appearance.

At Wembley on Tuesday (November 19) Steve Gerrard is set to equal that milestone in a friendly against Germany at Wembley – the last big event of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Gerrard could now overhaul David Beckham’s record of 115 outfield caps.

Goalkeeper Peter Shilton is the most capped player with 125 appearances, and Frank Lampard recently became England’s eight centurion.

But with Wayne Rooney on 87 appearances and at least four more years ahead of him, the Manchester United striker is on course to, er, cap them all.

It is only Moore though who has had a bronze statute built of him around the New Wembley.

Back in 1973 many felt that some day perhaps Moore would become England manager.

Who would have ever thought that the man who would make Moore’s farewell game a defeat would end up being England’s boss…?


Can’t deny it was great to see Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard presented with a golden cap to mark passing of a century of England appearances.

Those who ridiculed him when he was an emerging player (fans and a lot of press men too) must feel a bit silly now accusing him of being fat and only getting a game ‘cos his dad was assistant coach and brother-in-law to his then West Ham boss Harry Redknapp.

Trust me, apart from having been a fantastic footballer for club and country over the years “young” Frank, like his dad “big” Frank, is a top geezer.

Yes, Frank has all the trappings of fame and fortune. But unlike so many others he has not been trapped by fame and fortune.

He remembers his roots – and respects them. Just as he respects Joe Public when he is out and about, which fewer and fewer famous footballers do.
So it was typical that as Frank reflected on having passed that international milestone he was almost embarrassed that he now only has five fewer England caps than Bobby Moore.


Frank was presented received his Golden Cap from his father.

More to the point Lamps acknowledges what an inspiration Mooro and the Boys of ’66 have been to his career. And he said it from his heart rather than offering up a soundbite.

Of course it DID help a bit that his dad, “Big “ Frank , who won two England caps, was one of Bobby Moore’s big mates…

Which brings me back to my original point: It was forty years ago this week that “Lord Bobby” won the last of his 108 caps for England in a friendly match against Italy, which England lost 1-0.

Italy won the game with a goal four minutes from the end of a dour encounter just a month after Poland had knocked England out of the qualifying stages of the 1974 World Cup finals.

It was Sir Alf Ramsey’s last game as boss as well. But who scored Italy’s winner…?

Have a look below;

Yes, none other than Fabio Capello.

Now back in November 1973 who would have been favourite to have gone on to manage England one day; England’s World Cup winning skipper and golden boy of a generation Bobby Moore or a granite faced Italian midfield bruiser who played for some club called Juventus…???

As one of Moore’s great mates Jimmy Greaves would still put it: “Funny old Game…”



The Day I Beat Jan Tomaszewski…

by Rob Shepherd

Even for those who were not remotely born then, the events of that night 40 years when Poland knocked England out of the World Cup are familiar.

Roy Hodgson takes England into tonight’s game dismissing the role of history, especially that long ago.

He has a point. Then again for Poland that game still has a special meaning to players who would have been told tales about the legends of ’73 as they started to make their way in international football.

The Polish are a particularly proud nation, as indeed the mass of their 18,000 fans will show tonight by unfurling a massive red and white flag as a mark of respect to the English who – under the banner of Great Britain – stepped into the Second World War after Poland had been invaded.

The presence of so many Polish fans will create a passionate atmosphere so even if Poland can’t qualify they will be playing for pride and some perhaps for a move to the Premier League.

And Southampton goal keeper Artur Boruc knows he could play his way into the list of Polish legends if comes close to emulate one man…

The 1-1 draw, which eliminated England from the 1974 finals, was of course most memorable for the goal keeping heroics of Jan Tomaszewski who stuffed Brian Clough’s Clown taunts down this country’s throats.

England approach Tuesday night with a nagging fear of de ja vu.

Even if Poland are not as strong a team now as they were back then (they went onto finish third in the 1974 finals) they still have two menacing forwards in Borussia Dortmund’s star striker Robert Lewandowski and club mate winger Jakub Blaszczykowski. And the keeper Boruc is a serious item too.

As indeed was Tomaszewski who went into politics and TV punditry when he hung up his gloves. But I can assure you he has a sense of humour.

In September 1999 in Warsaw on the morning a decisive European Championship game, a match between the Polish and English press had been arranged.

We had Trevor Brooking and Terry Butcher and they had Zbigniew Boniek and Tomaskzeski as their “ringers”.

I was a bit peeved to have been left on the bench; although it may have had something to do with the early start and me missing the team bus and getting changed late.

Anyway mid-way through the second half with the game locked at 1-1 I got sent on up front.

As the final whistle loomed a cross come over from the right and my scuffed near post shoot fooled Tomaszewski, dribbling over the line at the far post; 2-1 England !

I couldn’t contain my excitement. I jumped into the giant arms of Big Jan, then 51 but still an item between the sticks, planted a kiss on his cheek and exclaimed: “That’s for 1973, you clown!”

He burst out laughing and we had a great chat after.

What people tend to forget is how soundly Poland had beaten England (who were wearing a curious yellow and blue kit) in the home game of the group back in 1973.


It was a match which brought Bobby Moore’s England career towards its end. Indeed he was dropped for the return at Wembley before playing for the 108th and final time in a friendly against Italy a month after Poland had pulled off their amazing backs-to-the-wall draw

Moore was at fault for both Poland’s goals in the 2-0 defeat in Chozrow – the only time Poland have beaten England, who have won 10 with seven drawn in 18 meetings – especially the second when he got caught in possession deep inside his own half. To compound England’s woe Alan Ball was sent off in that game and he missed the Wembley return.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Clown: The Spy Who Brought Down England

by Richard Bowdery

Brian Clough famously called him a clown. But this clown’s antics between the sticks were no laughing matter for England or for their legion of fans under the ‘big top’ at Wembley on October 17th 1973.


Jan won 63 caps for Poland and was named ‘Best Goalkeeper’ at the 1974 World Cup. Not bad for a ‘clown’…

England had to beat Poland in their final group match to qualify for the 1974 World Cup finals in West Germany. No other result would do. And they set about their task like men possessed. Yet despite wave upon wave of attacks on the Polish goal their keeper, Jan Tomaszewski, played out of his skin to deny England the breakthrough they so desperately needed.

Then in the 59th minute the unthinkable happened. Grzegorz Lato was fed the ball on the left wing and raced past Norman ‘bites ya legs’ Hunter as though he wasn’t there.  He slotted a pass across the England penalty to Jan Domarski who struck a low shot past the despairing Peter Shilton and into the net.

With England now needing to score twice there was even greater urgency to their play as they lay siege to the Polish goal.

Hopes rose in the 63rd minute when England were awarded a penalty for a foul on Martin Peters. Leeds United’s Allan Clarke scored from the spot to level the match.

But although they breached the Polish defence time and again they were unable to apply the killer punch.

When the final whistle sounded the Polish players’ jubilation contrasted starkly with the dejection felt by the England team, some of whom were in tears as they slumped to the Wembley turf.

As the England manager, Alf Ramsey, trudged off the pitch he must have realised the death knell had sounded on his reign.

A few short months later the FA sacked the man who had brought English football its greatest prize.

As journalist and author Leo McKinstry has said “England’s most successful manager would have had a legacy fit for a hero had it not been for the malevolence of the FA chief Harold Thompson.”

Forty years on almost to the day all the talk is off that game in 1973 and parallels are being drawn between that match and the game England must win to be certain of a trip to Brazil next summer.

Whilst a defeat won’t end England’s hopes of going to the finals as it did back then, with the Ukraine team expected to steamroller San Marino in their final group match, a draw for England will mean they have to negotiate their passage through the play-offs. And there are some tasty sides that could stand in their way.

And there is a final twist in the tail of the clown who laughed all the way to Germany in 1974. It was reported that he allegedly spied for Poland’s communist secret police.

In 1986 the Newsweek Polska magazine printed a story that alleged Tomaszewski was ‘a voluntary consultant’ who had been ‘acquired’ under the code name Alex. All very cloak and dagger.


Tomaszewski continues to be a public figure in Polish life

In his defence the keeper who worked for the Polish Football Association after hanging up his gloves in 1982, said: “I have never reported on anyone and was never a collaborator for the secret police. I do not know what I could have been a ‘consultant’ on. Maybe about training goalkeepers, perhaps the sex lives of ants…”

It is rather ‘odd’ that these allegations surfaced just after Tomaszewski became an MP for the Law and Justice Party who were intent on rooting out informants and communist spies from public life. Neither do the documents make clear in what capacity he is alleged to have ‘consulted’ on.

Looking back it’s a pity England didn’t engage in a bit of spying themselves; They might have discovered that the clown was in fact quite a capable shot stopper. Let’s hope Roy Hodgson’s backroom staff have engaged in a bit of espionage themselves to check out the opposition, before Tuesday night!