Sunderland FA Cup heroes celebrate 40th anniversary

The heroes of '73... former SAFC players coming together on the 40th anniversary of the 1973 FA Cup.
The heroes of '73... former SAFC players coming together on the 40th anniversary of the 1973 FA Cup.
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HEROES of SAFC’s historic FA Cup Final triumph gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary.

Six of the 11 who put the mighty Leeds United to the sword at Wembley enjoyed a gala dinner at the Stadium of Light.

Before the meal, Jimmy Montgomery, Mick Horswill, Vic Halom, Dennis Tueart, Ron Guthrie and Ritchie Pitt signed shirts at the club shop.

A single goal from the late Ian Porterfield and goalkeeping heroics from Montgomery were enough to register what Horswill told the Echo was the biggest shock in FA Cup history.

The midfielder said: “I call us the family, it’s like meeting your brothers that you haven’t seen for years.

“It doesn’t feel like it was 40 years ago. I’ve been thinking about what I was doing at this time on the day.

“You certainly don’t realise how big it is when you’re there, it never hit us but the fact we’re still doing this 40 years later shows how important it was.

“Everywhere we go we still get asked about it and even people weren’t born know all about it. I think because we were such underdogs as well, people remember us.

“Leeds were the best team in the world and most people hated them. We sprung the biggest surprise in the history of the Cup.”

Defender Ron Guthrie also looked forward to the get-together.

“We all get on great,” he said.

“It’s unbelievable, it doesn’t feel like five minutes ago. I can remember all the key facts of the game and I’ve got the DVD there as well.

“As a kid, all you wanted to do was play in the FA Cup final, the league didn’t really matter.”

Like Mick, Ron continues to be blown away by the impact their win has so many decades later.

“I was at the game a few weeks ago and lads who were in their twenties and thirties, who weren’t even born, wanted their picture with me.

“It was 40 years ago and people still remember us.”

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