On a night of true heroes, Wearside paid tribute to one of its finest.
More than 270 people stood and applauded as Black Cats legend Jimmy Montgomery collected the special recognition award - while a video of him making that momentous double save in the 1973 FA Cup Final was shown in the background.
On that historic day, Jimmy first kept out a Trevor Cherry header, and then quickly reacted to the Peter Lorimer follow-up shot to keep the Black Cats 1-0 ahead.
With the audience cheering, the video showed the moments when Sunderland picked up the trophy - and the moment Jimmy became a Sunderland hero forever.
With a tear in his eye, Jimmy described how important the award was to him, compared to all his other achievements in the game.
“This night has been really special for me.”
The award was presented to him by Stephen Plews, the managing director of the Sunderland Echo’s parent company Johnston Press North East, who was a teenage Leeds United fan at Wembley when Monty pulled off the miracle.
Stephen told the audience: “Because of him, Leeds fans have to watch re-runs of that moment every year when the FA Cup is on. And every time I see it, I think it’s going to go in!”
Stephen then paid tribute to the man who was much more than a footballing icon. Jimmy is a huge charity backer.
He supports the HUG in a Bag cause which is a charity that was started in Sunderland in 2006 to support people with breast cancer. He is also an ambassador for Sunderland Football Club.
Stephen added: “We believe it is only right that the Echo recognises, on behalf of the people of the city, the contribution he has made.”
Jimmy told the Echo: “This is up there with the best, to be recognised for what you love doing. The football side is done and it’s gone but I love working for charities and to be an ambassador for the football club is a great experience and I love doing it.