marcus stewart

Player of the Day: Marcus Stewart

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by Ashley Houghton

Prolific frontman in the spotlight.

Marcus Stewart made 119 appearances for Sunderland in his three years on Wearside between 2002 and 2005.

The Bristol-born frontman began his career with his local side Bristol Rovers before moving to Huddersfield Town and then Ipswich, where he would make his name as a top-flight striker.

Stewart was the Premier League's second top goalscorer during the 2000-01 season as the Tractor Boys qualified for the UEFA Cup.

However, the Suffolk side suffered relegation the following campaign and Stewart moved to Wearside.

During his first season with the Black Cats, Marcus would play deputy to Kevin Phillips and Tore Andre Flo and would make just ten league starts with his only goal coming in a 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Stewart did, however, score four goals in two League Cup games as the Black Cats defeated Cambridge United and Arsenal in Round Two and Round Three respectively.

It was under Mick McCarthy in Division One that Stewart began to make his name on Wearside as he bagged 16 goals in 48 appearances, making him the club’s leading scorer for the 2003-04 campaign.

And Stewart continued his fine form the following season as McCarthy’s side were rampant in their pursuit of a return to the top flight.

He bagged 17 goals over the course of the campaign with Stephen Elliott also notching 16 as the Black Cats won the title by seven points ahead of second-placed Wigan Athletic.

His two hat-tricks, against Gillingham and Watford respectively, mean he is one of only four players to score a treble on two occasions.

Stewart left for Bristol City at the end of the 2004-05 campaign before enjoying spells with Yeovil and Exeter, where he would finish his playing career.