Chris Makin

Cult Heroes: Chris Makin

by Ashley Houghton

Defender is latest fan favourite to be profiled.

Chris Makin - the man who inspired a 40,000-strong roar of ‘Shoot’ every time he got the ball - only ever scored one goal for the Black Cats.

What a goal it was, though.

Makin had made over 50 appearances for Sunderland when, in an away game at Tottenham Hotspur back in 2000, he scored an absolute screamer. Played in down the right hand side by Kevin Phillips, Makin swerved the ball into the top corner with the outside of his right foot.

Being a fan favourite in the era of Phillips and Niall Quinn was no mean feat, and to the day he hung his boots up back in 2008, he always received a good reception from the Sunderland fans.

Peter Reid bought Makin from Marseille for £500,000 and the Manchester-born full-back repaid every penny, making 143 appearances in his four years with the club.

Makin was one of the successful spot-kick takers in the Black Cats dramatic penalty defeat to Charlton Athletic back in 1998, having replaced Darren Holloway at half time.

He made his Sunderland debut in a 3-1 victory over his beloved Manchester City, and, it was his partnership with another City fan, Nicky Summerbee, that was so special to the Sunderland fans during the record-breaking 1998-99 season.

Makin went on to play for Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Reading and Southampton before retiring.