Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Cats Boss Inspired by Porterfield's Heroics

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Cats Boss Inspired by Porterfield's Heroics

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Byline: Paul Gilder

ROY Keane last night admitted that Ian Porterfield's memorable exploits in the 1973 FA Cup final would inspire him in his attempts to end Sun-derland's long wait for more significant silverware.

Porterfield lost his fight against cancer on Tuesday evening, but having scored the winning goal against Don Revie's Leeds United beneath Wembley's twin towers 34 years ago, a prominent place in Wearside folklore is assured.

As he paid tribute to a man he described as a 'legend', Keane insisted that the popular Scot's immense contribution to the club will never be forgotten.

And the Black Cats boss will use the midfielder's achievements to set an example to Sunderland's present players, with Keane last night adamant that what Porterfield did in North London in 1973 should give all at the club 'a bit of hope'.

"It was a cup final that a lot of people remember because of the shock," said the Irishman, who was still awaiting his second birthday when Porterfield fired his Second Division side to a remarkable triumph against esteemed opponents.

"People talk about the goal and the save (that Jim Montgomery made from Peter Lorimer) and it will always be remembered.

"There are other cup finals that I don't remember too much about. But, like most people, I know about that one. It was an upset and that's the beauty of football, you don't know what's going to happen.

" Everyone thought that Leeds were going to walk it. It gives us all a bit of hope."

Sunderland have not won major silverware since Porterfield guided Bob Stokoe's team to the result that few had forecast and although he remains a relative newcomer to Wearside, Keane understands the esteem in which a player who spent 10 years at Roker Park is still held.

The flags outside the Stadium of Light were flying at half-mast yesterday and Stokoe's statue was designated as a suitable place for tributes to be paid. …

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