Sunderland AFC are fully committed to making match days a great experience for all their supporters and the Club recognizes that being able to meet and chat informally with the great players of previous years is one way to achieve this. To make it possible the Club have established the ‘Legends Table’ which is hosted by Jim Montgomery who invites a different Celebrity Guest to join him for each home game.
The Club are keen to give as many supporters as possible the opportunity to share in this unique experience and are pleased to let supporters know that the Celebrity Guest will visit the Quinn's Sports Bar both before and after the game to meet the fans, sign autographs, pose for photographs and answer any questions that might be put to him.
So- if you want to be part of this unique experience get into the Quinn's Sports Bar in good time and enjoy the company of the match day ‘Legend’.
Upcoming guests for the 'Legends Table'
SUNDERLAND v SOUTHEND UNITED
Saturday 27th October 2018 - Kick-off 3.00pm
Born in Ellington, Northumberland, Cecil was chased by a number of top clubs after appearing for Northumberland Schools as a youngster and had trials with Burnley before being approached by
Sunderland. The decision to join the club he had supported as a boy from the Roker Park terraces was an easy one and he signed amateur forms at Roker Park during the summer of 1958.
At the time Sunderland manager Alan Brown had begun a rebuilding programme built very much around young players and Cecil’s elevation to first-team football came only a few months after joining the club. He made his first-team debut in September 1958 in a Division Two game against Ipswich Town at Roker Park at the age of only 16 years and 165 days replacing Sunderland’s regular right-back Jack Hedley. Ironically, in the left-back position that day, was a young Len Ashurst who was also making his first appearance at senior level and in the years ahead the two youngsters would become established as Sunderland’s first choice full-back pairing.
Cecil won eight Youth international caps for England during this period and whilst he continued to appear regularly for Sunderland, it was the 1963-64 season before he finally became established as the club’s first choice right-back. It was also the season that saw Sunderland clinch promotion back to the top flight in a truly memorable campaign that included a great run in the FA Cup when they defeated League champions Everton before bowing out of the competition after three epic encounters with Manchester United.
Tall, powerfully built and hard in the tackle, Cecil was a great favourite with the Roker Park fans who loved his ventures up the right flank and his pin-point crosses for the likes of Nick Sharkey and Neil Martin. Cecil played over 350 games for Sunderland in a career spanning 14 years, his only goal coming from long-range effort in a 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in October 1968.
Cecil finally severed his ties with Sunderland in the summer of 1972 and took over as manager of Southern League club Yeovil Town. Three years later, he retired from the game and returned to the North-East where he ran a newsagents business in Ashington for many years.
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