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 MIDDLESBROUGH
Saturday 24th February 2018 kick-off 3.00pm
Born in Middlesbrough, Mark joined his local club straight from school and made his first-team debut in 1978. A talented midfielder, his outstanding performances in the years that followed soon began to attract the attention of a number of top clubs and it came as no surprise when he joined Brian Clough’s high-riding Nottingham Forest side in 1981 following a £440,000 transfer.
Mark spent three seasons at the City Ground where he was capped by England at Under-21 level before returning to the North-East to join Sunderland initially on loan, which was followed by a £275,000 transfer at the end of the 1982-83 season. At Roker Park his cultured, skillful play quickly made him a great favourite with supporters and he soon became a key player in the Sunderland team that reached the Milk Cup final in 1985 but sadly for Mark, an injury sustained in the Tyne-Wear derby at St.James’ Park meant he missed out on a Wembley appearance.
Perhaps worse was to follow a year later when Mark missed two vital penalties; the first against Barnsley in the final game of the season and then in the Division Two play-off defeat against Gillingham that resulted in Sunderland’s relegation to Division Three for the first time ever.
Mark spent four years on Wearside making 138 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats netting 20 goals before moving on to join Sheffield Wednesday early in the 1987-88 season. In 1989, Mark made a sentimental return to Middlesbrough, and enjoyed a further four years with the Teesside club before moving on to join Tranmere Rovers. Following a spell north of the border with St. Johnstone, Mark joined Hartlepool before hanging up his boots at the end of the 1997-98 season. He then moved into coaching and also had managerial spells with Hibernian, Livingston and in a caretaker capacity at Middlesbrough
Sunderland Former Players were saddened to hear of the passing of Corny O'Donnell. Corny's Funeral arrangements are as follows:-
Friday 9 March, 11am St Augustines, Wealcroft, Felling NE10 8QS
12.00 Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Road, Gateshead, NE8 4TQ