Player of the Day: Colin Pascoe

by Ashley Houghton

Welshman in Monday morning spotlight.

Welsh forward Colin Pascoe signed for Sunderland from Swansea on transfer deadline day of March 1988.

Pascoe’s form for Swansea, which had seen them rise up Division Four, caught the eye of Sunderland boss Denis Smith who paid £70,000 for his services.

He was an instant hit on Wearside too as his four goals in nine games helped secure the Division Three title.

Pascoe continued to provide a good return in the 1988-89 season as he bagged 12 goals in 47 appearances from both midfield and as a striker.

He scored winning goals against both Oldham Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion at Roker Park as the Sunderland faithful cheered on their first full Welsh international since Ray Daniel in 1957.

First-team opportunities were less frequent during the 1989-90 promotion campaign as injuries began to affect Pascoe.

He did, however, grab the winning goal in a Wear-Tees derby victory over Middlesbrough in August 1989.

Pascoe was back to his ever-present best towards the second half of the 1990-91 season as he grabbed five goals in 25 games, including a double to earn a draw with Tottenham Hotspur and a win against Luton Town.

Sunderland were relegated, though, and Pascoe’s final campaign on Wearside would be in Division Two.

He scored twice in 20 league games before returning to Swansea on a season-long loan deal in the 1992-93 campaign, a move he later made permanent.

On his return to South Wales, Pascoe helped Swansea on their way to lifting the Football League Trophy at Wembley.

Ankle injuries plagued the latter stages of Pascoe’s career and he was released by Swansea in 1996.

He was capped ten times by Wales and had a career total of 397 appearances with 76 goals of which 149 appearances were at Sunderland in a spell where he scored 26 times.

Since retirement Pascoe has coached at Swansea with Brendan Rodgers and he followed the Northern Irishman to Anfield when Rodgers went to Merseyside in 2012.