Fans can roll back the years

Ian Porterfield scores the winning goal in Sunderland's 1-0 defeat of Leeds United in the FA Cup at Wembley on May 5, 1973

Ian Porterfield scores the winning goal in Sunderland's 1-0 defeat of Leeds United in the FA Cup at Wembley on May 5, 1973

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SUNDERLAND fans from across Hartlepool and East Durham are being encouraged to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their club’s famous FA Cip win.

Jimmy Montgomery, the man behind Wembley’s most famous double save, will be joining thousands of Sunderland fans in Herrington Country Park to watch a screening of the 1973 FA Cup win as part of celebrations to commemorate the game’s 40th anniversary.

The match is a huge part of Sunderland’s history which saw the second division side triumph over the favourites Leeds United.

Ian Porterfield scored the game’s only goal, but many fans will remember a double save from Monty as the underdogs somwehow held on despite waves of pressure from Leeds.

The screening forms part of Sunderland Festival, which takes place from June 14-16, which is being organised by Sunderland Live.

Fans young and old can join Jimmy to step back in time to 1973 on Saturday, June 15.

Jimmy said: “It’s sure to be a lovely family day out. I’ll be bringing along my wife, son and daughter as well as my grandchildren.

“It’s great that the win is still remembered. ”

Fans can see Jimmy on the big screen at 3pm and there are a limited number of Big Screen Premium Passes available for fans who’d like to upgrade their match day experience and watch the game in style. Available at just £10 for adults and £5 for children, the upgrade includes comfy deck chair seating in a private enclosed area from 1pm, premium views of the big screen, private bar access, priority parking and the opportunity to pre-order a picnic which can be collected on site.

To book, visit www.sunderlandlive.co.uk or call (0191) 561 8412 or email info@sunderlandlive.co.uk