Famous goalkeeping name on trial with Vale

James Montgomery, the grandson of Sunderland’s match-winning FA Cup finalist Jim Montgomery, is on trial with the Valiants.

James, currently a free agent after two years at the Middlesbrough Academy, played for the Vale Reserves during their 2-1 defeat to Tranmere Rovers. The Valiants are currently in need of goalkeeping cover as they were unable to add to their ranks before the loan window ended due to a transfer embargo. Sam Johnson is currently the only fit senior keeper at the club after injuries to Chris Neal and Ryan Boot.

Montgomery Snr featured for Sunderland in the 1973 FA Cup Final, where they beat Leeds United 1-0. His most memorable contribution in that match was an outstanding double save from Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer which is considered by many to be one of the greatest double saves ever made.

Football fans of a certain age will also remember Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe’s dash across the Wembley turf to embrace his goalkeeper after the final whistle.

Montgomery’s amazing double save

James Montgomery Factfile


20th March 1994

Former clubs:

Two years at Middlesborough’s Academy, released in the summer of 2013

Image: (c) Middlesbrough FC

Here’s a promotional video of Montgomery Jnr in action: