colin todd

Player of the Day: Colin Todd


Stylish defender profiled.

Chester-le-Street-born defender Colin Todd made 191 appearances in a five-year stay on Wearside between 1966 and 1971.

Todd was a stylish centre-back, a rarity in his era, and his turn of pace made him one of the most promising youngsters in the country.

He made his debut for the Black Cats in an away defeat at Leeds United as Ian McColl’s side maintained their top-flight status with Todd making 30 appearances.

Todd become a mainstay of the side the following campaign missing only one game in all competitions, a League Cup Second Round win over Halifax Town, as Sunderland finished 15th in Division One.

Again Todd was ever-present in Alan Brown’s first full season in charge in 1968-69 as he was second in the appearances chart, with only Jimmy Montgomery featuring more over the course of the campaign.

The following season saw the Black Cats relegated from the top flight and, after notching another 40 league appearances, he would leave halfway through the 1970-71 season for Brian Clough’s Derby County.

Whilst with the Rams he won two championship medals and also the 1975 PFA Player of the Year award and become one of their most popular players of the modern era.

He left for Everton in 1978 but spent just a year at Goodison Park before joining Birmingham City and then re-uniting with Clough at Nottingham Forest in 1982.

After his time with Forest ended in 1984, Todd had brief spells with Oxford United, Vancouver and Luton Town before taking up a managerial role at Whitley Bay.

He has since had many highs and lows in management with promotions and relegations at both Bolton and Middlesbrough.

Todd returned to his former club Derby in 2000 after a spell with Swindon before he took charge of Bradford City and Darlington.