Pupils’ history lesson from Sunderland FA Cup heroes

The class of '73... pictured on their visit to Silksworth Junior School where they had the opportunity to meet pupils who had arrived suitably dressed in SAFC colours.
The class of '73... pictured on their visit to Silksworth Junior School where they had the opportunity to meet pupils who had arrived suitably dressed in SAFC colours.
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PUPILS got a footballing lesson at school as four cup heroes paid a visit.

Victorious members of Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup-winning side Bobby Kerr, Jim Montgomery, Dick Malone and Richie Pitt visited New Silksworth Junior School.

The four were among other team members who took to the pitch ahead of the Black Cats’ game with Stoke City earlier this month to commemorate their achievement 40 years ago.

The visit to the school was organised through Richie’s wife Angela, who is a teacher at New Silksworth Juniors.

Grahame Downey, headteacher at the school, said: “The children have been doing some history work on the cup final, and with everything that’s been in the press about the anniversary it was great to get the lads down.

“The excitement was incredible when they arrived and they saw our assembly and took some questions from the children.

“It’s such a big thing for the area which may never happen again.

“We are just proud to have been part of local history.”

Four stars from 1973 were also at WH Smith, in Sunderland’s Market Square, to sign copies of the newly-released FA Cup Winners: 1973 40th Anniversary.

Alison Richardson, from Tunstall, was first in the queue to meet Dick Malone, Mick Horswill, Bobby Kerr and Jimmy Montgomery.

“These lads are my heroes and I’m so thrilled to meet them,” she said.