It is reported that Ian Porterfield has died after a long battle against cancer of the colon. This was an illness he bore with great fortitude, continuing with real passion to the last few weeks of his life to run the Armenian national football team. He was 61, and died in a hospice in Surrey.
Everyone remembers Monty’s saves in the 1973 FA Cup triumph over Leeds United at Wembley. They would have counted for nothing had it not been for Ian’s winning goal.
Salut! Sunderland extends deep sympathy to Ian’s family and friends, and will return to this sad news tomorrow.