Player of the Day: Martin Scott

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by Ashley Houghton

90's left back in the spotlight.

Martin Scott made 124 appearances for Sunderland in a five-year stay on Wearside between 1994 and 1999.

Born in Sheffield, Scott began his career with Rotherham United where he would win a Division Four championship medal in 1989 prior to a move to Bristol City.

Ever-present in his time at Ashton Gate, Scott attracted interest from Sunderland after just a year at the Bristol club, however, his move to Roker would materialise in 1994 as a fee of £450,000 plus Gary Owers was agreed to secure Scott’s services.

After making his debut on Boxing Day 1994, Scott made 27 appearances in his debut campaign as Peter Reid steered the club to Division One safety after taking the reins from Mick Buxton.

Martin continued to be a regular under Reid during the 1995-96 promotion-winning season, making 43 appearances and scoring six goals.

Scott was the team's regular penalty taker during his first full season and he scored the first of 10 goals for Sunderland in a 2-1 win at Millwall in September 1995.

In the Premiership campaign that followed, a cruel catalogue of injuries restricted Scott’s appearances to just 15.

This pattern would follow after relegation from the top flight and, despite making 23 appearances over the course of the 1998-99 Division One title-winning season, he was released by Sunderland and retired from the game due to persistent ankle problems.