Sunderland legend’s birthday treat

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THE life and times of Sunderland legend Jimmy Montgomery are to be celebrated with a gala dinner to mark the iconic former keeper’s 70th birthday.

The club is marking the landmark birthday of the 1973 FA Cup winning goalkeeper (right) with a special tribute evening at the Stadium of Light

The Rokermen’s leading ever appearance maker and now Club Ambassador, will turn 70 in Ocotber and the ‘This is Your Life’ style Black Tie Gala Dinner is the club’s way of saying thank you for his many years of service.

The evening, which will include a host of tributes from sporting greats and a charity auction, will take place on Friday, November 1, with all proceeds from the evening going towards the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

The club’s commercial director Gary Hutchinson said: “Every Sunderland fan, whether young or old, knows the story of Jimmy’s double save in the 1973 FA Cup Final.

“Holding the club record for the most number of appearances, Jim is a huge part of our history and is loved by everyone.

“We’re delighted to be able to honour him in this way – and raise funds for a very worthwhile cause.”

Tickets for the evening are priced £75 and include a three-course dinner with coffee, a pre-event reception in Quinn’s Sports Bar and a commemorative programme.

Sponsorship packages are also available; an associate package which includes a table for 12, a drinks reception, photo opportunities and stadium tour with Jimmy, alongside logo acknowledgements throughout the evening and on the club website, starts at £2,225.

A headline sponsorship package includes a boardroom champagne reception, table for 12, photograph opportunities, a four-course meal, a minute of LED advertising during a Barclays Premier League game during the 2013/14 season, logo opportunities in the evening’s programme and on the big screens plus a stadium tour with lunch and match day hospitality with Jimmy for a game during the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season.

Bookings can be made by calling 0871 911 1555 or emailing conf&banq@safc.com.