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 WALSALL

Saturday 16th March 2019  -  Kick-off 3.00pm

 

THOMAS BUTLER

 

Born in Dublin, Thomas Butler was a hugely talented midfielder who came through the ranks at Sunderland and burst onto the first-team scene after representing his country in the 1999 World Youth Cup in South Africa. Soon afterwards Sunderland manager Peter Reid handed him his debut when he came on as substitute in a 3-2 League Cup victory over Walsall at the Stadium of Light. Thereafter however, Thomas’s first team opportunities were somewhat limited and in the four seasons that followed he made only 36 appearances including 16 as substitute.

Nevertheless, his form during that period was certainly good enough to attract the attention of Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and in August 2002, having already won caps at Under 15, Under-18 and Under-21 levels, he was handed his senior international debut in a 3-0 victory over Finland in Helsinki. At this stage of his career the future certainly looked bright for Thomas and back on Wearside, following the departure of Kevin Kilbane, he was fully expected to become established as the club’s regular left-winger.

Sadly, in October 2003, a knee injury sustained in a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United brought his progress to an abrupt halt and whilst he did return to first-team action later that season, he quit the club for personal reasons at the end of the campaign. Thomas then had spells with Dunfermline Athletic and Hartlepool before joining Swansea City during the 2006 close season where went on to enjoy six seasons, making 126 appearances and scoring 9 goals before retiring from the top-class game at the end of the 2010-11 season.

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