Maybe it’s just me, but what do you remember most from the 1973 FA Cup final between Don Revie’s all-conquering Leeds United against Second Division Sunderland ? The greatest double save ever, right? From Jimmy Montgomery? Lying on the floor, having seconds miraculously denied a Trevor Cherry header , the rebound fell kindly to Peter Lorimer to equalise, only Montgomery somehow managed to surpass that Gordon Banks’ Pele save with what has in some quarters been called a “Gordon bleeding Bennett!”
For those still wondering, Sunderland caused a major FA Cup upset and eventually won 1-0, thanks largely to a goal from Scotland’s Ian Porterfield coupled with Monty’s heroism between the sticks, which was to be The Black Cats’ only major trophy since before the Second World War.
Montgomery played over 500 games for his hometown club in North East England before having spells at Southampton, Birmingham and Nottingham Forest, where he picked up a European winner’s medal despite not playing a single game. Monty, who unfortunately never had the honour of representing his country, retired in 1980 but was soon back in the game as a goalkeeping coach for both Birmingham City and Sunderland .