Sunderland AFC Former Players Association
Sunderland AFC Former Players Association

Monty's Table

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'



Saturday 12th January 2019  -  Kick-off 3.00pm


Born in Dundee, John MacPhail began his football career with his hometown club before moving south of the border to join Sheffield United mid-way through the 1978-79 season. At Bramall Lane John picked up a Fourth Division Championship medal in 1982 before repeating the feat with Denis Smith’s York City side two years later. After three seasons with ‘The Minstermen’ he was on the move again, this time to Bristol City but a year later he became one of Denis Smith’s first signings when his former boss took over the Roker Park hot-seat during the 1987 close season.


Sunderland were at the lowest ebb of their entire history having slipped into English football’s third tier for the first time but Smith masterminded a major turnaround in the club’s fortunes by lifting the Third Division title at the first attempt. During a tremendous campaign, John was a key figure in the heart of Sunderland’s defence playing alongside Gary Bennett but he also weighed in with 16 goals including ten penalties. Two years later he helped the club achieve promotion back to the Division One and on the opening day of the following season finally achieved his ambition of playing in English football’s top flight. Soon afterwards however, after Sunderland had signed Kevin Ball as his replacement, John was allowed to leave the club and joined Hartlepool United as player-manager where he spent 4 years before retiring from the top-class game.

John McPhail fires home from the spot at Roker Park during the 1988-89 season.


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