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 ROTHERHAM UNITED
Tuesday 17th September 2019 - Kick-off 7.45pm
South Shields-born Nick Pickering signed schoolboy terms with Sunderland in September 1977 and was capped by England at youth international level as he progress through the ranks at Roker Park. He
made first team debut when he played in a 303 draw against Ipswich Town on the opening day of the 1981-82 season alongside other Sunderland debutants Ally McCoist and Iain Munro.
Nick made 37 appearances during that first campaign and was voted both ‘Young Player of the Year’ and ‘Player of the Year’, by supporters. He hardly missed a game in the four years that followed and was an ever-present in the 1983-84 season, a campaign during which he moved to the left-back position alongside Barry Venison on the opposite flank. Nick’s outstanding form led to international recognition when he was capped by England at Under-21 level and he was part of the squad that lifted the European Championship in 1984. Nick also won a full international cap for his country when he played against Australia in Melbourne in June 1983.
Nick’s Sunderland career came to a close in January 1986 when he joined Coventry City in a £125,000 deal, but he signed off in style by netting a memorable hat-trick against Leeds United in his penultimate game at Roker Park. At Coventry, Nick enjoyed great success, helping the ‘Sky Blues’ win the FA Cup for the first time ever in 1987 with a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. The following year he moved to Derby County and then played for Darlington and Burnley before retiring from the game in June 1994.
After his playing days were over, Nick returned to the North East and moved into coaching working predominantly with youngsters as well as becoming involved in media work with local radio.