England international in today's spotlight.Paul Stewart made 39 appearances for the Black Cats in his two years on Wearside and was a key part of the side that won the Division One championship in the 1995-96 campaign.
Stewart began his career with Blackpool and scored 56 goals in 201 league appearances for the Tangerines before Manchester City paid £200,000 for his services in 1987.
And, after impressing for City, Stewart’s value soared and Tottenham Hotspur paid a record £1.7million for his services a year later.
It was midway through his four-year stay at White Hart Lane when Stewart’s career blossomed and, after switching from striker to midfield, he capped arguably his best Spurs performance with a goal in 1991 FA Cup final.
He earned his first cap for England shortly after before joining Liverpool ahead of the 1992-93 campaign.
Despite signing for a hefty £2.3million, Stewart found it difficult to establish a first-team place at Liverpool and he went out on loan to Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Burnley before a spell with Sunderland in which he played twice before making the move permanent in March 1996.
The Black Cats lost only one of the 12 games Stewart featured in and he scored his first goal in 3-0 win over Birmingham City at Roker Park.
The following campaign was Stewart’s first and last full campaign as the Black Cats were relegated on their return to the top-flight.
Stewart played just 27 times in all competitions due to a knee injury but he did finish as joint top scorer with four goals, including a winner in a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Roker Park.
He joined Stoke for the following campaign but injury would curtail his Potters career short and he joined Workington before retiring in 2000.