Sunderland AFC Former Players Association
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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'

 

SUNDERLAND v PORTSMOUTH

Saturday 11th May 2019  -  Kick-off 7.30pm

 

BARRY SIDDALL

 

Born in Ellesmere Port, Barry Siddall began his goalkeeping career with Bolton Wanderers and made his first-team debut as an 18-year-old in ‘The Trotters’ Division Three championship-winning side of 1972-73. A tall, powerfully-build ‘keeper, Barry was an imposing figure between the posts and soon became established as a first-team regular at Burden Park.

 

His move to Roker Park came early in the 1976-77 season when Sunderland somewhat surprisingly transferred their legendary goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery to Birmingham City, a tough act to follow in anybody’s book. Nevertheless, Barry quickly adapted to life on Wearside and soon became a firm favourite with the Sunderland faithful who would regularly chant his name from the Roker Park terraces.  He was virtually an ever-present in the three seasons that followed and is perhaps best remembered for his penalty save against Sheffield United late in the 1978-79 season which secured a 6-2 victory that took Sunderland to the top of Division Two.

 

Sadly, promotion that season was missed by a single point but the following campaign saw the ‘Black Cats’ return to the top flight after finishing as runners-up to Leicester City. By then however, Barry had lost his place to new signing Chris Turner and in August 1982, after loan spells with Darlington and Vancouver Whitecaps, he severed his ties with Sunderland and joined Port Vale. Thereafter, he served a number of clubs and by the time he retired from the game in 1995 he had clocked well over 600 appearances in League football.

Barry Siddall saves at the feet of Newcastle United's Paul Cannell during the Tyne-Wear derby at Roker Park in April 1977.

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