Interviews and Q&A

We'll be publishing interviews on a regular basis. If you'd like a particular player interviewed (you may also have some questions), please contact us via the link on the left.

If you are a former player of SAFC you can participate by downloading and completing our Q&A sheet here.

Interviews


Johnny Crossan
"(George) Hardwick made it clear from the start that he didn’t rate me"

Johnny Mapson
"For the one and only time in my career, I received an approach to throw a game.."

Len Shackleton - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
“Listen, I’ve nothing against Newcastle – I don’t care who beats them!”

Gary Bennett - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
"My best save was against Spurs in the FA Cup - unfortunately I get sent off for it!"

John Byrne
"I don't think I've ever fully recovered from missing that sitter in the final"

Q&A


Lee Howey
"Ordy's celebration after scoring his first goal against Grimsby. He went NUTS!!"

Neil Martin
"I played in that many relegation battles with Sunderland, Coventry & Forest - that I can't remember ANY funny moments!"

Ian Atkins
"In the short spell he was at Roker, Frank Worthington was a genius on the ball."

Leslie Dodds
I broke my nose in 3 consecutive games. First time I knocked it left to right, then right to left ... and the last time, I knocked it straight!

Cecil Irwin
"We played against George Best, Bobby Charlton & Denis Law ... Sunderland were equal to them all."

John O'Hare
"I really don't think there were any negatives, being a professional footballer."

Jonnie Bollands
"My best save was against Man City - a penalty taken by Bobby Johnston, the first one he had ever missed."

Nick Sharkey
"The supporters were always behind me ... but I managed to shake them off halfway up Fulwell Road!"

Gary Bennett
I remember it very well as I scored after 2 minutes against Southampton. The 'keeper was a certain Peter Shilton, we went on to win 3-1.

Albert Snell
"I played with a cruciate knee injury that eventually ended my career"

Stan Anderson
"Winning for the fans is the best feeling"

Marco Gabbiadini
"Eric Gates? A legend at the top level"

Ritchie Pitt
"To win when we were so much the underdogs was a great achievement"

Ron Guthrie
"Best part of being a pro? Playing in front of the great crowds at Roker Park"

Chris Makin
"Funniest incident? Playing Man United at home when the stripper ran on and asked me for a kiss!"

Michael Whitfield
"During a reserve game at Roker Park, Sam Allardyce broke wind and followed through. He returned later ... with fresh underwear!"