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Post  cyprussyd on 2019-05-13, 11:21 am

Revealed: First three Sunderland AFC Hall of Fame inductees revealed
Sunderland will launch their inaugural club hall of fame in June and have revealed the first three inductees of the class of 2019


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  • 09:00, 12 MAY 2019


[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Ex-Sunderland player Charlie Hurley takes the crowd's applause (Image: 2016 Sunderland AFC)

Charlie Hurley, Niall Quinn and club founder James Allan are the first three inductees into the Sunderland AFC Hall of Fame.
Launching this year, the club's official hall of fame is the brainchild of club historian Rob Mason.

And it's inaugural year will see 11 legends associated with the Wearside club inducted as part of the class of 2019.
Ahead of the play-off semi final first leg clash with Portsmouth it was revealed that Hurley, Quinn and Allan were among those first 11 who will be inducted during a ceremony at the Stadium of Light on June 14.
Of Hurley, Mason wrote in the programme: "He will always remain an iconic figure. A ball-playing centre-half, in the days when many centre-halves appeared to be more interested in playing the man than the ball. Hurley is famed as the first centre-half to go forward for corners. It was something he did with devastating effect too.
"Charlie is the most charismatic of Sunderland heroes. Now in his 83rd year we hope to lay the red (and white) carpet out perhaps for the final time for 'The King', along with his grandson Matt Tichen."



Hurley was voted Sunderland's player of their first century in existence, but second inductee Quinn will be in the running for the accolade for the club's second 100 years of existence in the opinion of Mason.


"Surely Hurley's fellow Irishman is the man of the second century so far," Mason wrote of Quinn.
"As with Charlie, Niall only has to enter the room for you to feel the love. He deserves it.


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Niall Quinn celebrates promotion in 1999 (Image: Getty Images)
"A brilliant centre-forward, 'Super-Kevin Phillips' and the rest of the great Peter Reid team of the turn of the century buzzed around Niall in the superb early years of the Stadium of Light.
"As a player Niall was Sunderland's best centre-forward in decades. Famously Sunderland got under Quinny's skin. Like any former player who had done his bit, Niall could have walked off into the sunset and come back every now and then to say some nice things and get a round of applause.
"Niall though, took on the club when it was at an awfully low ebb after a record-breaking relegation in 2006. Niall has accepted the invitation to be with us on June 14 and if he wants to wear his disco pants then for Niall the dress code will be politely ignored."
Founder of the club James Allan is the final of the first three announced inductees.
He is remembered for his work off the pitch, rather than on it - the man who without this great club would not even exist. He passed away in 1911.
Mason writes: "He was the Scottish school teacher who first introduced the round ball game to the people of Wearside. He was also the leading figure behind this developing into the formal foundation of the football club that now 14 decades on continues to inspire such devotion.
"Allan was a player too. He played in the first known Sunderland game and scored twice in the first game in which Sunderland scored. He once even scored 12 goals in one game - a 23-0 win over Castletown in 1884 - not bad for a left winger!




"As the man responsible for the very existence of the club we have great pleasure in making James Allan one of our first 11 inductees. Allan's great grandson Brendan O'Donnell will attend the dinner to accept membership of the Sunderland AFC Hall of Fame on the founder's behalf."
Tickets for the inaugural Hall of Fame dinner cost £75 + VAT and can be booked via safc.com or by calling 0371 911 1973. Further names will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Post  Hieronymus on 2019-05-13, 11:39 am

Brilliant! Fitting choices for the first inductees.

Who do you think will be among the other eight of the 'Class of 2019'? Give some reasons why they should be chosen.

I cannot get past Kevin Phillips and his goal scoring record, including being a European golden boot winner, speaks for itself.

Others?
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Post  cyprussyd on 2019-05-13, 11:45 am

Hieronymus wrote:Brilliant! Fitting choices for the first inductees.

Who do you think will be among the other eight of the 'Class of 2019'? Give some reasons why they should be chosen.

I cannot get past Kevin Phillips and his goal scoring record, including being a European golden boot winner, speaks for itself.

Others?
I cant see Quinn being in and SKP not.

I would have the little general in, still goes to every home game and was the man who lifted the FA Cup.

Also a strong shout for Monty.

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Post  Gordon Armstrong on 2019-05-13, 11:55 am

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Post  Lever Malone on 2019-05-13, 12:01 pm

Yes but these are all fairly recent players. Let's not forget the players, many of whom none of us saw play, but their legacy still lives on. Charlie Buchan, Raich Carter, Dave Halliday (who scored 43 goals in the 1928/29 season), Ted Doig, Len Shackleton to name but 5. 

Oh and of course all the men who played in the 9 - 1 victory at SJP in 1908. Okay maybe they don't count but I just like mentioning that result.
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Post  canary-dave on 2019-05-13, 12:28 pm

I would hope that Monty gets a nomination  like

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Post  Mackemneil on 2019-05-13, 2:53 pm

Brian Clough for his goals and general impact on football, Bob Stokoe (obvious), Kevin Ball for his passion and continued love of the club, area and supporters, and Monty for that save and record number of appearances which is unlikely to be beaten
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