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Ian Porterfield

Ian Porterfield, who died on 11 September 2007 at the age of 61, will also be remembered by football fans for his 32nd minute goal which won the FA Cup final for Sunderland in 1973. 

Dunfermiline-born Poterfield began his footballing career at Raith Rovers before moving south of the border to Sunderland in 1967 for 45,000.  He made 266 appearances for the club and scored 19 goals before, after a loan spell at Reading, leaving for Sheffield Wednesday during the summer of 1977.

Porterfield began his management career in December 1979 at Rotherham and had a successful spell at Sheffield United before replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in 1986.  He also took charge at Reading and, for 20 months until February 1991, Chelsea, before beginning a career in international football when he took charge of Zambia. He led Zambia to within one goal of the World Cup Finals - losing 1-0 to Morocco when a draw would have taken them through.  He the led his team to the final of the 1994 African Nations Cup and was awarded the freedom of Zambia.  Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Oman and Trinidad and Tobago national teams followed, before he took over as coach of South Korean club side Busan I'Park.  Finally be became coach of the Armenian international side where he enjoyed a warm relationship with the fans.

Porterfield was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year, but carried on with his duties as manager of Armenia's national team until just before his death. His final match in charge of Armenia was for their superb 1-1 draw against Portugal in Yerevan on 22nd August. 

But it is as the scorer of that goal against Don Revie's great Leeds United team that he will be most fondly remembered by Sunderland fans. The goal came from a corner; Porterfield met it in the centre of the area, killed the bounce with his left thigh and crashed the ball home with his weaker right foot. It was the first time in 42 years that a second division team had won the cup and was result was hailed by The Times as 'a triumph for the game itself, for the underdog, and for the unashamed romantics'.  Porterfield's  former Sunderland team-mate Jim Montgomery, who was in goal at Wembley in 1973 and made a string of brilliant saves, led the tributes. "It's a very sad day indeed," he said. "I have known him since he first signed for the club and he was just a wonderful man, a gentleman who would do anything for anybody."

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn told the club's website: "He is part of what can only be described as an institution in the long and proud history of Sunderland AFC - the famous FA Cup-winning team of 1973.

His appearances for the club during 10 loyal years at Roker Park, not to mention his winning goal at Wembley, also ensure that his name is up there with the likes of Charlie Hurley, Raich Carter and Bobby Gurney."