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 for daytime matches the Celebrity Guest will visit the Black Cats Bar approximately 90 minutes before kick-off 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 Black Cats Bar in good time and enjoy the company of the match day ‘Legend’.
Upcoming guests for the 'Legends Table':-
Born in Gateshead, Gary Owers was a star player with Chester-le-Street Schoolboys before joining Sunderland as a 16-year-old straight from school. Gary was handed his first-team debut by Denis Smith during Sunderland’s solitary season in English football’s third tier and made 37 appearances in a campaign that saw the club lift the Third Division title.
A fiercely competitive player with pace and energy, Gary was employed predominantly as a midfielder but was equally at home in the full-back position, a role he performed admirably, particularly when he stood in for the suspended Paul Hardyman in the 1990 Division One play-off semi-final against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. On a great night for Sunderland Football Club, Gary set up the opening goal for Eric Gates in a truly memorable 2-0 victory to clinch a place at Wembley. Two years later, he was back at Wembley again, this time in the FA Cup final against Liverpool and again in the full-back role, on this occasion standing in for the injured John Kay.
Gary’s Roker Park career spanned almost ten years during which he made over 300 appearances before joining Bristol City midway through the 1994-95 season. He then joined Notts County before moving into non-league football and eventually management. In June 2015 Gary was appointed as assistant manager to his old Sunderland boss Malcolm Crosby at Conference club Gateshead before returning to Bath City, one of his former clubs, to take over as manager.
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