Player of the Day: Mick Buckley

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Club saddened to hear of death of former player.

Mick Buckley made 135 appearances for Sunderland between 1978 and 1983 including a promotion winning season in 1979-80.

A tenacious ball-winning midfielder, Buckley made his debut in senior football with Everton as an 18-year-old and spent seven years at Goodison Park prior to his move to Wearside.

Jimmy Adamson brought Buckley to Sunderland for £60,000 and the Manchester-born midfielder made 31 appearances in his debut campaign as the Black Cats finished fourth.

Mick scored his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Cambridge United at Roker Park before notching in a 5-0 win over Watford as Ken Knighton’s side were promoted to the top-flight.

Injuries prevented Buckley from making a prominent impact on the Black Cats’ return to Division One and he made just 15 appearances as Stan Cummins’ last day winner at Liverpool preserved Sunderland’s top-flight status.

It was under Alan Durban that Mick began to make a real impact on Wearside and he scored five goals in 42 appearances as the Black Cats continued to mingle with England’s elite.

His most notable individual moment for Sunderland came when he scored the only goal of the game on the final day of the 1981-82 season in a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Roker Park which kept Durban’s Black Cats in the First Division.

Buckley’s final season with Sunderland saw him make another 24 appearances, again scoring against Manchester City in a 2-2 draw before leaving to join Hartlepool United in August 1983.

Mick finished his career with spells at Carlisle United and Middlesbrough.

Capped twice by England at youth level up to under-23; he we was part of the young Three Lions side that won the European Youth Tournament in Spain in 1972.