Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stokoe's Cup Run Captured Forever

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stokoe's Cup Run Captured Forever

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Byline: Rhodri Phillips

A statue of former Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe which captures the moment of his greatest triumph was yesterday unveiled outside the Stadium of Light.

Bob, who died in February 2004, aged 73, led the Black Cats to a stunning victory over Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup Final.

At the final whistle, wearing his trademark trilby and coat, he raced across the Wembley turf into the arms of goalkeeper Jim Montgomery, whose remarkable double save helped win the game.

The pounds 73,000 needed to build the statue came from the pockets of fans as well as businesses and the club.

Bob's daughter Karen Craven, who was at yesterday's unveiling, said: "The statue captures the essence of my dad. It captures his passion as he ran across the pitch to celebrate the FA Cup win. He used to love the people of Sunderland. They were very special to him. They called him a Messiah, but he said he was just doing his job. I appreciate everything the people of Sunderland have done to help make this happen. …

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