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 WYCOMBE WANDERERS
Saturday 11th January 2020 - Kick-off 3.00pm
Born in Dublin, Stephen Elliott began his playing career in Irish non-league football where he was spotted by Manchester City after scoring five goals in the space of half an hour in one particular game for Stella Maris! Stephen joined the Maine Road club as a youth player in 2003 but despite being capped by his country at youth international level, he made only two substitute appearances for the City first team before joining Sunderland a little over year later.
Signed by Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy to add fire-power to the Black Cats’ attack, Stephen repaid his manager with 15 goals in an outstanding season that saw his new club clinch the Championship title. Promotion was clinched in the penultimate game of the season with Stephen netting the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over West Ham United at Upton Park and it perhaps came as no surprise when Sunderland fans voted him their ‘Young Player of the Season’. To cap a remarkable campaign he was also capped by the Republic of Ireland at full international level, the first of nine full international appearances for his country.
Thereafter however, his progress at the Stadium of Light was somewhat restricted by injury although his first Premiership season will always be remembered for a terrific long-range strike against Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby at St. James’ Park! In all Stephen made 88 appearances for the club netting 23 goals before signing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in July 2007 where he linked up with his former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy.
He later enjoyed a spell with Preston North End and then headed north of the border to join Heart of Midlothian before ending his top-class career with Coventry City and finally Carlisle United at the end of the 2014-15 season.