Dwight Yorke

Player of the Day: Dwight Yorke

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by Ashley Houghton

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Trinidad and Tobago frontman Dwight Yorke spent three seasons with the Black Cats between 2006 and 2010.

Yorke joined Sunderland towards the end of glittering career that saw him win multiple individual honours; the best probably a UEFA Champions League winner's medal with Manchester United in 1999, a tournament in which he picked up the Golden Boot award as top goalscorer.

During the 1998-99 campaign it was Yorke’s partnership with Andy Cole that set the Premier League alight with the Trinidadian picking up the Player of the Year and Golden Boot awards at the end of the campaign.

Yorke started his career in England with Aston Villa and spent nine years at Villa Park, scoring 98 goals in 287 appearances.

Whilst with the Villans, Yorke was part of Brian Little’s League Cup-winning sides in both 1994 and 1996.

The lure of the Red Devils proved too much for Yorke at the beginning of the 1998-99 season and he left for Manchester for a fee reported to be around £12m.

After the famous treble victory in his first campaign, Yorke would spend a further three years with United before limited first-team opportunities forced the Trinidad and Tobago international to switch across Lancashire to Blackburn Rovers.

In his first season at Ewood Park Yorke continued his fine goal-scoring form, helping Rovers to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League whilst also securing a place in the UEFA Cup.

Yorke left Blackburn in 2004 to join Birmingham City for a brief spell and, after scoring on his debut for Blues, he played a further 15 games before moving to Australia to play for Sydney FC.

And, after a season in Australia, Yorke returned to England to link up with former manager Roy Keane at Sunderland.

During his three seasons on Wearside, Yorke scored six goals in 62 games from a central midfield role as the Black Cats ensured stability in the Barclays Premier League after they had gained promotion in Yorke’s first campaign.

Since leaving Sunderland, Yorke has pursued a career in the media with Sky and is a regular pundit ahead of live games.