THE MAN who kept generations of Black Cats players fighting fit has died.
Johnny Watters, who spent more than 30 years as a physio with SAFC, died peacefully last weekend, aged 92.
A former Celtic player, he was the last survivor of an Old Firm derby which attracted more than 130,000 spectators.
After serving as a Petty Officer with the Royal Navy during the war, he trained as a physio and joined Sunderland in 1955.
He is survived by wife Margaret, daughters Patricia, Frances and Maura, son John, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A mass will be held at St Hilda’s Church, Southwick, at 10am on Wednesday, followed by an open gathering at the Stadium of Light.