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 .
The Leeds United frontman has hit five goals in as many games in the FA Cup this season
Tonight sees the FA Cup fourth round replay between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road. First time round, it was that man Jermaine Beckford who grabbed a brace and taught a few Spurs defenders a lesson or two to force this evenings replay. The 26-year-old produced his best performance yet in the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane, which culminated in the striker displaying consummate composure to despatch an injury-time equaliser from the penalty spot.
The magic of the FA Cup is widely understood to be alive intermittently, but the competition always seems to bring the best out of one team in particular, and this season it’s Simon Grayson‘s Leeds United. The former United player, now manager, is hoping his in-form striker – although someone else would be nice – can once again cause another cup upset by knocking out Harry Redknapp‘s men in front of their home supporters.
Jermaine Beckford looked destined to venture onto pastures new during the January transfer window, after hitting 18 goals in 22 league appearances so far this season. Add to that, the former Wealdstone player has notched an impressive 5 in 5 in the FA Cup.
It is not yet known whether Beckford will stay with United beyond the current campaign, but I’m sure Grayson would be delighted if the player and club could sort out a new contract for him. However, if Beckford continues his purple patch in the FA Cup tonight, and knocks out another Premier League side in the process, Ken Bates will surely find it a tough task matching the ambitions of a Premier League outfit.