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 COVENTRY CITY

Saturday 23rd November 2019  -  Kick-off 3.00pm

 

IAN WALLACE

Born in Dumbarton, Ian Wallace joined his local club in 1974 before moving south of the border to join Coventry City in a £70,000 transfer two years later. A prolific goal-scorer with a real eye for goal,  Ian enjoyed four seasons  at Highfield Road and was selected by Scotland at both Under-21 and full international level before making a big money move to European Champions Nottingham Forest where continued to find the net regularly in the four seasons that followed.

 

In 1984 Ian moved France to join Brest but his stay in French football proved to be short-lived when Sunderland manager Len Ashurst persuaded him to return to the English game. At the time the Wearside club were struggling in the lower reaches of Division One although in the League Cup they had embarked on a great run that would ultimately take them to Wembley. Ian made his Sunderland debut when he came off the bench in the 1-0 victory over Watford in Round 5 and was also selected as substitute for the dramatic two-legged semi final victory over Chelsea.

 

For the final against Norwich City at Wembley Ian was controversially selected in the starting line-up in preference to semi-final hero Colin West, a decision that would see manager Len Ashurst subjected to widespread criticism following the disappointing 1-0 defeat. Worse was to follow when a poor run of form after the final saw the club relegated to Division Two with Ian netting his first goal for the club in the 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town in the final game of the season at Roker Park.

 

The 1985 close season saw the arrival of Lawrie McMenemy as manager but, despite the massive optimism among supporters, the club struggled in the second tier only managing to achieve survival with a 2-0 victory over Stoke City in the final game of the season. Ian made 17 appearances and netted 3 goals during what can only be described as a truly dreadful campaign and it perhaps came as no surprise when he severed his ties with the club and headed abroad again, this time to join to Portuguese side Marintino.

 

There followed a spell out in Australia before Ian finally decided to hang up his boots at the end of the 1986-87 season and in 1995 after various coaching jobs, he was appointed manager of his old club Dumbarton, a position he held for three seasons.

Ian Wallace and colleagues Tony Ford and Barry Venison leave the afield after the final game of the 1985-86 season.

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