Shoulder is new Sunderland FPA chairman

Jimmy Shoulder

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JIMMY Shoulder has taken over as the new chairman of Sunderland football club’s Former Players’ Association.

Shoulder, 66, who was at Roker Park in the 1960s, takes over from former striker Nicky Sharkey, who has served a two-year term.

The news was announced at the FPA’s annual general meeting which also saw the appointment of former Sunderland winger Peter Stronach and local businessman Scott Weir to the association’s committee.

Esh Winning-born Shoulder was at Sunderland from 1964-67 but found his chances to play at left-back limited by the long-serving Len Ashurst.

He went on to play for Scarborough and Hartlepool but his most notable achievement in the game was managing the Australian national side from 1976-78.

Heavily involved in coaching after hanging up his boots, he coached throughout Asia for a decade and also for a time took charge of the Welsh Under 21 team.

New committee member Stronach was an outstanding young prospect at Roker Park in the 1970s but serious injuries blighted his chances of success.

Also made honorary members of the Association were Carol Davison, widow of former Sunderland player Jimmy Davison, and the Sunderland Echo’s Graeme Anderson.