Player of the Day: Kevin Arnott


Skilful midfielder in Tuesday's spotlight.

Gateshead-born midfielder Kevin Arnott starred for the Black Cats in a six-year spell between 1979 and 1982.

Arnott made 149 appearances for Sunderland after joining as a schoolboy and progressing through the youth ranks at a rapid rate.

He made his debut as an 18-year-old in an FA Cup third round replay with Wrexham before making an instant impact with goals in games against three of the club’s biggest rivals in Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Manchester United.

And even though Arnott would have been pleased to finish with three goals from midfield in his first 20 appearances, his personal achievement could not outweigh the disappointment of eventual relegation in his debut season.

The following campaign saw Arnott become a more prominent member of Jimmy Adamson’s squad and he made 23 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.

The Black Cats battled to a fourth place finish in the 1978-79 campaign with opportunities proving limited for Arnott; he made 18 appearances over the course of the campaign.

The promotion campaign of 1979-80 was Arnott’s best during his spell on Wearside as he racked up 43 appearances, scoring nine goals.

He bagged the opener in the final day victory over West Ham United which secured promotion to the top-flight in front of a capacity crowd of 47,129 at Roker Park.

Arnott added 38 appearances in all competitions as Sunderland returned to Division One and scored three goals, including one in each of the home victories over Manchester City and Arsenal.

The following season Arnott made only six appearances as he was loaned out to Blackburn Rovers for the majority of the campaign.

At the end of the 1981-82 campaign Arnott joined Sheffield United before he finished his career with two spells at Chesterfield.