Jim Montgomery has paid tribute to Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn and manager Roy Keane for the respect they've shown the club's 1973 FA Cup heroes.
Montgomery was one of a number of ex-players invited to pay tribute to old team-mate Ian Porterfield before Saturday's 2-1 win over Reading.
Porterfield died last week and Monty hailed the club for honouring their goalscoring hero.
The former Black Cats goalkeeping coach, sacked by ex-boss Peter Reid, said: "The club realise it's not just about the present, it's also about the past.
"The chairman started it and Roy is the same because he's come from a great club like Manchester United.
"Previous chairmen and managers at this club have not wanted to know us - and that's wrong."