Fans queue to meet Sunderland legends

1973 FA Cup winner Dennis Tueart signing his book at WH Smith. Below, Gary Bennett signs his book.

1973 FA Cup winner Dennis Tueart signing his book at WH Smith. Below, Gary Bennett signs his book.

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EXCITED Black Cats fans queued up to meet football legends Dennis Tueart and Gary Bennett at a book signing session.

The pair teamed up for the event at WH Smith, in the Metrocentre, this week.

Dennis, who was signed by ex-boss Alan Brown in the 1960s, made 178 league appearances for the club, scoring 46 goals.

He was also a member of the 1973 FA Cup winning side managed by Bob Stokoe.

He left Sunderland to continue a glittering career at Manchester City and New York Comos, as well as playing for England.

His autobiography features his memories of playing with some of the game’s biggest names from around the world.

Dennis said: “It has been lovely to be back in the region and to receive such a great welcome from the fans.

“Many have been telling me of their memories of how the 1973 FA Cup win and run played such a major part in their lives.

“A supporter brought along his full collection of the top 40 singles that he purchased after we won the cup, all in the old vinyl format.

“Others have been telling me how much the FA Cup run meant to so many old friends and family, sadly no longer with us.”

Gary, signed in the 1980s from Cardiff City, spent 11 years on Wearside.

His book The Black Cat is a pictorial history of his time at the club.

The defender said he was delighted to catch up with fans, who were keen to get the latest news on the arrival of new manager Martin O’Neill.

“The banter is always good with the Toon fans and I’m hoping 2012 will see us catch them up,” he said.  

“The arrival of Martin O’Neill has certainly given the club a huge lift and the fans are back buzzing again. Let’s hope that in 2012 we can make up ground on them.”

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