Player of the Day: Paul Thirlwell

by Stuart Vose

Midfielder in today's spotlight.

Paul Thirlwell began his career with Sunderland and went on to make almost a century of appearances for the club.

The Washington-born midfielder made his league debut against Tranmere in August 1998 and had a 12-match loan spell at Swindon between September and November 1999.

He made a total of 92 appearances for Sunderland in all, scoring his only goal in a 3-0 win over Luton in the League Cup in September 2000.

Thirlwell was also capped once by England at under-21 level during his time with the Black Cats.

He departed in 2004, joining Sheffield United, for whom he made 36 appearances during a single season, scoring one goal.

The midfielder then spent a season and a half at Derby before joining his current club, Carlisle, on a permanent basis in January 2007 following a successful loan spell.

Now 34, Thirlwell is approaching 250 appearances for the Cumbrians, who he has captained. He also won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with the club in 2011.