Football Statues

No 22 (in a series of several): Bob Stokoe (1930-2004)

I don’t remember a great deal about the 1973 FA Cup Final but I certainly recall Bob Stokoe’s dash across the Wembley turf as he ran to embrace Sunderland ‘keeper Jim Montgomery. The Black Cats had just beaten Don Revie’s Leeds United by a goal to nil and Montgomery had produced an amazing double save in the second period of the game to preserve that slender margin. More amazing than the fact that Sunderland where in the old Division Two at the time (they remain the last club outside the top-flight to lift the Cup) was Stokoe’s choice of clothing for the day: tracksuit, flapping raincoat and trilby. Eighteen years earlier Stokoe had won a cup winners medal with Sunderland’s arch rivals Newcastle United as they beat Manchester City 3-1 in the ’55 final. A centre-half, he’d signed for the Magpies in ’47 and went onto make 287 appearances for them. His statue, unveiled outside the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2006, captures his ’73 Wembley run quite magnificently.

Picture from Wikipedia.

More football statues here and here.

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