Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 7 October 2015

FA Cup legend Ian Porterfield dies of cancer aged 61

Keane adds to tributes

Published 12/09/2007

Sunderland is in mourning today following the death of the man whose goal produced one of the greatest ever FA Cup final shocks.

Ian Porterfield, who fired the then Second Division to victory over Leeds in 1973, has died of cancer at the age of 61.

He had only recently stepped down from management duties with Armenia's national team.

Sunderland boss Roy Keane paid tribute said: "It's very sad news. The word legend is over-used in football, but having scored the goal he did, Ian Porterfield is a Sunderland legend.

"He will always be remembered by the Sunderland fans, so it's a very sad time for the club - 61 is no age at all.

"I was aware of the 1973 cup final, but more so since I came to Sunderland.

"It is a cup final that a lot of people remember because of the shock. People talk about the goal and the (Jimmy Montgomery) save involved. Yes, 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 Leeds were going to walk it - it gives us all a bit of hope."

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