More than forty years after picking up an FA Cup winner’s medal, Black Cats legend Jimmy Montgomery has received another gong.
Jimmy was presented with the British Empire Medal by Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Mrs Susan Winfield OBE in a civic reception in the Mayor’s Parlour at Sunderland Civic Centre today, after being awarded it in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
He was joined by family and friends, including wife Jean, 1973 FA Cup final team-mate Dick Malone and BBC North East sports presenter Jeff Brown.
“It’s absolutely brilliant,” he said.
“It has been a long time in the process but to actually get the day here now is just superb, especially when you get all the family here, all my friends.
It has been a long time in the process but to actually get the day here now is just superb, especially when you get all the family here, all my friends.Jimmy Montgomery
The British Empire Medal is awarded in recognition for outstanding services to country, community, profession and walk of life.
Jimmy was honoured not only for his services to football but for his role as an ambassador for the city and his work for charity.
The Presentation Ceremony was also attended by Mayor of Sunderland Coun Barry Curran and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr Norman Taylor, who read the citation.
“Mr Montgomery has had a long and distinguished football career,” he said.
“Coming from Hendon, he joined his home town team in 1960 and made his first team debut at the age of 18. He continued to play for Sunderland for a further 17 years.
“Perhaps his greatest triumph came in the 1973 FA Cup final, when Sunderland AFC upset the odds to win 1-0 and he was one of the team’s true stars that day.
“His place in Sunderland folklore and history is assured due to the spectacular double save during the final.”