Ron Guthrie - Q&A

Living now: Killingworth, Northumberland
Born: 1944
Occupation now: Despatch driver for Fenwicks


As a youngster, who was the biggest influence on your career?
My father.

How did you come to join Sunderland?
Transferred from Newcastle United in January 1973.

How do you remember your Sunderland debut?
Monsoon conditions at Swindon Town!

What was your most memorable match as a Sunderland player?
FA Cup Final 1973.

And the worst?
losing to Aston Villa in 1975 to miss out on promotion.

Which do you consider your best goal for Sunderland?
Luton Town, 6th Round of the FA Cup (an overhead kick).

Who was the best player you player alongside at Sunderland?
Too many to say.

Who was the best you player against?
George Best.

What’s the greatest moment of your playing career?
Winning the FA Cup in 1973

Who do you rate as the best manager you player under?
Bob Stokoe.

What was the funniest incident you recall during a game?
Mick Horswill trying to get booked against Preston to make sure he wasn't suspended for the cup final!

What was the best part of being a professional footballer?
Playing in front of the great crowds at Roker Park.

And the worst?
Saturday mornings before important games.

Looking back at your playing career, any regrets?
None.

What did you do as your playing career ended?
Bought a milk-round business with David Craig (the ex Newcastle United player).

What are doing these days?
Like to watch football & rugby, and play golf.

What’s the most important thing in your life at present?
Family.

Favourites

Team (as a kid) - Newcastle United
Boyhood footballing idol - Bobby Charlton
Best friend in football – David Craig
Favourite ground (other than Roker) - I've got to say Wembley
Favourite current premiership player - Wayne Rooney
Favourite [former] premiership manager Mourinho
Singer - Buddy Holly
Film star - Clint Eastwood
Film - Dirty Harry
TV programme - News & films
Past-time (except football) - Golf
Food - Sunday lunch
Holiday - USA

If you could meet one person in the world, who would it be?
Gary Player