Colin West

Player of the Day: Colin West

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80's forward in the spotlight.

Striker Colin West signed for Sunderland after impressing locally for County Durham schoolboys and made his debut in 1981 in a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Roker Park.

West come into the side in difficult circumstances as the Black Cats failed to win in his opening five games in the red and white stripes.

He did, however, make a sterling contribution in preserving Sunderland’s top-flight status scoring six goals in 13 games, including a match-winning double in a 2-0 win over Birmingham City at Roker Park.

The following campaign started well for West as the Wallsend-born frontman scored in a 3-1 opening day victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

West scored three goals in 19 starts during the 1982-83 campaign before enjoying his most prolific campaign in 83-84.

Again, West scored on the opening day of the season in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City before notching a further 12 goals in 43 more appearances, including winners against Coventry City and Cambridge United in the cup.

West’s final campaign on Wearside saw him add a further six goals to his Black Cats tally, most notably a double in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final victory over Chelsea.

However, he was famously left out of the team for the final against Norwich City, despite his match-winning performance in the semi-final, and he left for Watford at the end of the season.

After scoring 23 goals in 56 games for Graham Taylor’s Watford, West joined Glasgow Rangers and spent a year at Ibrox before joining Sheffield Wednesday.

He was reasonably successful in his two years with Wednesday before a three-year spell at West Brom led to successful spells with Swansea and Leyton Orient.

Since retirement, West has taken caretaker manager roles with both Hartlepool United and Millwall.