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.
In June 2015, Montgomery was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to football in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery made his debut in Sunderland at the age of 17 in 1961. Behind him marked a record of appearances in 627 games for the club.
He is recognized as the best player four times. Including, during the 1964 season, and in 1973 perfectly helped Sunderland to win the FA Cup, keeping the ball twice, beat it off Leeds Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer.
From the sponsors of AXA, the then FA Cup, he received the “Legend” award, which became known as “the greatest moment in the history of the FA Cup”.
The final outing for the club Montgomery occurred in the League Cup, in 1976, in a game against Manchester United. And at the end of this season, at the age of 33, he left the club.
In Southampton, the goalkeeper had a rental period, in addition, he continued to serve the clubs of Birmingham and Nottingham Forest, in which he won the European Championships Cup in 1980.
In 1980, he returned to Sunderland for a certain period, and no longer appeared in the club.
Since Montgomery was not limited to England, he sought more international action when in 1969 he was appointed as a substitute against France at Wembley.
The most significant match for the gates was the final of the English Cup of 72-73.
The FA Cup Final 1973 was played on May 5, 1973 at Wembley Stadium. It was the 92nd finals and the 45th to be played at Wembley, which celebrated its 50th anniversary. The final was played between the ruling FA Cup champions Leeds United, who were one of the dominant teams in English football, and Sunderland, a division 2 team. The end result was one of the biggest surprises in the FA Cup history when Sunderland won with 1-0, and thus became the first team from division 2 to win the FA Cup since West Bromwich Albion in 1931. It was, and still is, Sunderland’s first major title since World War II
Sunderland established its tactics from kickoff, tough and challenging tackles with an untiring energy and determination. Leeds acted nervously and without his usual self-confidence and security, noticeably taken by Sunderland’s energy and tackles.
The match was decided by two steps that were discussed several years afterwards. After 31 minutes, Sunderland took the lead when Halom choked a corner from Hughes. Assisted by Watson, between two defenders, Ian Porterfield was able to control the ball and shoot in goal from 7 meters. Leeds, obviously shocked, fought back with customary determination. Sunderland’s goalkeeper Montgomery once again prevented a receipt by a series of rescues and thus kept his team in the lead.
The crucial moment in the match came halfway into the second half. After a deep post from the right side towards the far post, Montgomery threw himself away to box away a flying nick from close range by Trevor Cherry. The return came straight to Lorimer at the second post and he shot straight from 6 meters, but Montgomery managed to get back and steer the ball up the bottom of the bar and out, Malone being able to clear the ball. The rescue has been compared to that of England’s national team goalkeeper Gordon Banks at a nickel from Pelé in the 1970 World Cup in a match against Brazil.
The team from the north-east survived further storms from Leeds and thus secured the victory. Sunderland’s victory made them the first winners of the FA Cup but a regular national team man, although some would play national matches later. It is also worth noting that this final is the only one where an orange ball has been used.  Sunderland’s FA Cup record “Sunderland All the Way” was recorded by comedian Bobby Knoxall.