3. Jimmy Montgomery
Sunderland born and bred, Jimmy has given most of his life to Sunderland AFC. Whether judged in terms of longevity, success or talent, Montogmery deserves his place on any list of Sunderland legends. His tally of 623 appearances remains an all-time record, indeed it puts him more than 170 games clear of his closest rival.
His greatest moment came in the 1973 FA Cup final, with his remarkable double save from Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer providing one of the all-time great Wembley moments. He’s a real credit to the club and, in every sense of the word, is a club legend.
2. Bobby Gurney
Born in Silksworth, Gurney’s involvement with Sunderland spanned some 22 years if the war period is included. He was an inside forward who evolved into a centre-forward playing down the middle. There’s no doubt, that he is one of the greatest Sunderland players ever.
Gurney was a resourceful forward who boasted more than a goal every other game throughout his career. He was the top scorer for seven successive seasons. His 228 goals make him Sunderland’s record scorer and include ten hat-tricks and two fours.
1. Charlie Hurley
A man mountain at the centre of defence, Hurley was a ball playing centre back. Those that watched him regularly often remark that he was ahead of his time.
His ability to head the ball in attacking areas changed the way that corners were viewed. When we won a corner the adoring Mackem crowd would chant “Charlie, Charlie, Charlie” as it was in expectation of a towering header hitting the back of the net.
One of the greatest Sunderland players ever, Hurley, made 401 appearances and scored 26 goals for Sunderland – he also gained 40 caps for the Republic of Ireland.
Nicknamed “The King”, a mark of how good Hurley was is perhaps evidenced in that he was the runner up to the one and only Bobby Moore as Football Writers player of the year in 1964. Hurley was voted Sunderland’s Player of the 20th Century and remains a hero to this day.