Jimmy Montgomery, BEM (born 9 October 1943) is an English retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made a record 627 appearances for his hometown club Sunderland with 537 of these appearances being in the league, after joining the club as a youngster in 1960.[2]

Jimmy Montgomery
Personal information
Date of birth (1943-10-09) 9 October 1943 (age 76)
Place of birth Hendon, Sunderland,[1] England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1977 Sunderland 537 (0)
1967 Vancouver Royals 6 (0)
1976Southampton (loan) 5 (0)
1977–1979 Birmingham City 66 (0)
1979–1980 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
Total 614 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In June 2015, Montgomery was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to football in the Queen's birthday honours list.[3]

Football careerEdit

He made his debut aged only 18 against Walsall, going on to serve 17 years at the club.[4]

Montgomery featured for Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final, where they beat Leeds United 1–0 to win the FA Cup for only the second time in their history. His most memorable contribution in that match was a double save from Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer which prevented Leeds from equalising.[5] This was described in an internet article in 2012 as the greatest double save ever.[6]

Montgomery also played for Southampton, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest.[7] After he retired as a player Montgomery returned to Birmingham City and Sunderland as a goalkeeping coach.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

He is related to James Montgomery, also a footballer.[9]


As a playerEdit


Nottingham Forest



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  2. ^ "Soccerbase.com, Jimmy Montgomery career stats". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Legendary Sunderland keeper Jimmy Montgomery 'delighted' with Queen's honour". www.sunderlandecho.com.
  4. ^ "SAFC.COM Past Players/M/". SAFC.COM. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  5. ^ "English FA Cup- Final 1973". Soccerbase.com. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  6. ^ Wright, Chris (7 March 2012). "10 Outstanding Goalkeeper Double Saves". Who Ate All the Pies.
  7. ^ "Post war english and Scottish Football league database". unknown. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Jimmy Montgomery". Birminghamcitymad.co.uk. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  9. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44228936