SAFC Legends Series – Bobby Gurney

Bobby Gurney was born in Silksworth, County Durham in 1907 and he was the son of a miner named Joe Gurney who worked at Silksworth Colliery.

He signed for Sunderland at the age of 18 in 1925 and stayed with the Black Cats for 14 years.

He is Sunderland’s all-time leading goalscorer with 228 goals in just 3r8 matches.

In the 1935-36 season, he scored a huge 31 goals to help Sunderland win the First Division title.

A year later he also grabbed a goal in the FA Cup final win against Preston North-End in a 3-1 win which helped Sunderland win their first ever FA Cup.

All together in his 14 year stay he won the First Division title, FA Cup and the Charity Sheild as he sealed his place as one of Sunderland’s greatest ever players.

He earned 1 cap in his career for England in a game against Scotland which was spectated by just under 130,000 people, all squashed into Hampden Park!

After retiring at Sunderland, he stayed in the game and moved into management.

He spent his managing career at 3 clubs; Peterborough United, Darlington and Hartlepool United.

Sadly, Gurney died in 1994 at the age of 86, but during his lifetime he wrote his name in history as one of Sunderland greatest ever players!

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