By Keith Ingham
This Sunday brings together two teams that the FA Cup will never forget. On that day in May when Bob Stokoe, trilby, trench coat and red tracksuit running towards his goalkeeper Jim Montgomery who had single handily stopped Leeds United from winning the cup. This was the game that wrote the Wearsiders into football lore and for the first time broke the heart of a thirteen year old boy.
Let me explain a little, back then Leeds United were like the girl you fancied as a youngster but from afar, she was great to look at but I just didn't have the nerve to speak to her. A year later, things had changed we were going 'steady'.
The club the year before had lifted the silver 'pot' by virtue of a Allan Clarke goal beating Arsenal 1-0 and just missed out of the double, FA Cup and League Championship. It was then I took a real interest in Billy Bremner and his brave Knights of Leeds 11.
The FA Cup final was traditionally one of the watched programmes and it included nearly three hours of 'entertainment' where the two combatant team's supporters played games against each other. Family entertainment was the rule and although simplistic it made this day so special. Come half past two my house was full, most were Leeds fans but a couple were fans of the team we love to hate, they were friends though so I gave them the opportunity to see a proper team.
As I said before Leeds were odds on favourites to win and you would have been quids in if you had bet on Sunderland lifting the trophy. The match started and the plucky second division side showed Leeds little respect as they tackled as if their life's depending on winning every ball. The defining moments of the game were when Sunderland won a corner, it drifted over the Leeds penalty area and found a Sunderland head that knocked it down to find the boot of Ian Porterfield who beat David Harvey with a superb volley to send the Sunderland fans into raptures.
The goal shock Leeds to their 'Stylo Matchmaker' boots and try as hard as they could the Sunderland defence stood firm. Then in one of the moments of the old Wembley history happened, Trevor Cherry headed goal-wards and Montegomery saved it but pushed the ball out straight to the foot of one the best strikers of the game at that time, Peter Lorimer who blasted the ball back towards the goal only for the Sunderland keeper to deny the Scottish striker with a unbelievable save. To me it ranks up there with Gordon Banks save in the 1970 World Cup. After the heroics of Montgomery you knew you were watching the day that the underdogs won a famous victory.
Sunderland duly won 1-0 and to be honest they deserved the victory for their efforts in stopping Leeds playing their game. The celebrations after are well documented and will probably be shown again this weekend. The day David felled Goliath and the first time Leeds United made me cry. It's happened after too many times to mention but you always remember the first.
On On On.
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