Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Farewell Tributes to a Footballing Legend

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: Farewell Tributes to a Footballing Legend

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SUNDERLAND was in mourning today after the death of the man whose goal produced one of the great FA Cup final shocks.

Ian Porterfield, who fired the then Second Division Wearsiders to victory over the mighty Leeds at Wembley in 1973, died at a hospice in Surrey yesterday at the age of 61.

Porterfield was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year, but carried on with his duties as manager of Armenia's national team until just before his death.

Indeed, he took charge of his side for their superb 1-1 draw against Portugal in Yerevan on August 22, which left Luiz Felipe Scolari's superstars facing a fight to qualify for Euro 2008.

Former Sunderland team-mate Jim Montgomery, who was in goal at Wembley in 1973, led the tributes.

"It's a very sad day indeed," he said. "I have known him since he first signed for the club and he was just a wonderful man, a gentleman who would do anything for a n y b o d y.

"We had not seen each other for quite a while because of his travels all over the world - but whenever he came back he kept in touch. It's a great loss."

Sunderland boss Roy Keane today paid his own tribute to Porterfield, saying: "It's very sad news. I heard last night, although somebody at the club had told me recently that Ian was very ill and did not have long left to live.

"He was 61 years old and that's no age, really.

"Ian was a Sunderland legend and, having scored the winning goal in that final, he will never be forgotten by the Sunderland fans."

Sunderland are planning to hold a minute's applause as a mark of respect to Porterfield before this weekend's game against Reading - a club the midfielder later went on to manage.

Dunfermline-born Porterfield began his management career in December 1979 at Rotherham, where he guided the South Yorkshire club to the Division Three title. …

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