Player of the Day: Dave Swindlehurst

by Ashley Houghton

80's frontman in the spotlight.

Dave Swindlehurst played for the Black Cats between 1985 and 1987, making 72 appearances and scoring seven goals.

The hard-working frontman progressed through the youth ranks at Crystal Palace to make over 250 appearances for the Eagles, scoring 80 goals before moving to Derby County for a fee of £410,000 in 1980.

After 33 goals in 125 appearances for the Rams, Swindlehurst joined West Ham United for £160,000 and scored 15 goals in his first full season before joining Sunderland in 1985.

And, after five straight defeats in which the Black Cats failed to score, Swindlehurst was Sunderland’s first scorer of the season with a double in a 3-3 draw with Grimsby Town at Roker Park.

The Middlesex-born forward added three more goals during the course of the season.

The following campaign, Swindlehurst scored six goals in 41 games, including two in the first three games of the season, though it didn’t prevent Sunderland’s eventual relegation to the third tier.

Following relegation, Swindlehurst left Wearside to join Anorthosis Famagusta in Cyprus before returning to England with Wimbledon in 1988.

And, following spells with Colchester United and Peterborough, he hung up his boots in 1989.

Since retirement, Swindlehurst has held coaching roles at his former club Crystal Palace and also at Crawley Town.