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SAFC 365 Advent Calendar (Dec 16th): Siddall faces down the spot kicks!

To mark the sixteenth day of our red and white advent calendar, we look back at a notable career statistic from one of Sunderland’s cult hero goalkeepers!

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The book has an entry for each day of the year, looking back at over a century’s worth of Sunderland highs and lows, and Roker Report has an advent window ready for every morning in the build up to Christmas Day.


Barry Siddall, a Sunderland stopper of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, enjoyed a strong record for the Lads when facing penalties.

Of the sixteen spot kicks taken against him, five were saved, giving him a success rate of 31% - the best figure of any Sunderland goalkeeper to have faced ten or more.

For the record, the next best is Chris Turner, who would eventually take over from Siddall as first choice and who boasts a 29% success rate.

Bob Ward, who played for the Lads between 1906 and 1908, would hold the record had he gone up against one more spot kick (of the nine he faced, four were saved) whilst the man with the most penalty saves for Sunderland outright is of course the great Jim Montgomery, with a remarkable fifteen.

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