Player of the Day: Fraizer Campbell


Former striker in the spotlight.

Fraizer Campbell made 57 appearances for Sunderland in four seasons with the Black Cats between 2009 and 2013.

The Huddersfield-born frontman progressed through the youth ranks at Manchester United before spending time on loan at Royal Antwerp, Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Campbell made four appearances for United in total as the striking prowess the Red Devils possessed restricted the now 26-year-old’s opportunities.

In July 2009, Campbell completed his move to Wearside and went on to make 36 appearances in his debut campaign, scoring seven goals.

In the league he notched in wins over Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Burnley and also in a draw with Aston Villa whilst his double secured a 3-0 victory over Barrow in the FA Cup after he had scored his first goal for the Black Cats in a 2-0 League Cup victory over Birmingham at the Stadium of Light.

The rest of Campbell’s Sunderland career would prove frustrating as multiple injuries restricted his appearances – he played in just four games during the 2010-11 season as Sunderland recorded their highest Barclays Premier League finish for 11 eleven years.

Campbell, who has also been capped by England on one occasion, did feature more in the following campaign and scored two goals in 15 appearances with the strikes coming in the same week of the season – his first, a strike against Middlesbrough in a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup at the SoL, before he followed that up with a goal in a 3-0 win over Norwich City.

A further 12 appearances followed at the start of the 2012-13 season and he scored his final Sunderland goal against his former club Manchester United in a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

In January 2013, Campbell left Wearside for Cardiff City and helped the Bluebirds to promotion to the top-flight.

And his double in Cardiff’s first ever Barclays Premier League game at the Cardiff City Stadium earned the Welsh outfit a 3-2 win over Manchester City.