Player of the Day: Marco Gabbiadini

by Stuart Vose

Former striker in the spotlight.

Striker Marco Gabbiadini cost Sunderland a bargain £80,000 when he joined the club from York City in September 1987.

The fair-haired Nottingham-born frontman made an impressive start to his career on Wearside, scoring 21 goals in his debut season as the club won the Third Division title.

He would go on to score 87 goals in 185 appearances, including a six-minute hat-trick in his final game for the club against Charlton.

He is fondly remembered as one half of the prolific 'G-Force' frontline alongside Eric Gates and regularly tortured opposing defences with his pace and movement.

The club received a reported transfer fee of £1.8m when Gabbiadini was sold to Crystal Palace in October 1991 before the striker moved on to Derby shortly afterwards.

After spending time on loan with Birmingham and Oxford, he had a short spell with Greek side Panionios and also represented Stoke City, York, Darlington, Northampton and Hartlepool.

Gabbiadini announced his retirement in January 2004 having scored more than 220 goals in over 665 league appearances. 

He features regularly in the media, including on BBC Newcastle's Total Sport programme.