Steven Caldwell

Player of the Day: Steven Caldwell

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Scottish international Caldwell in the spotlight.

Former Sunderland captain Steven Caldwell made 81 appearances for the Black Cats in a three-year spell between 2004 and 2007.

Caldwell began his career with Newcastle United in 1998 and spent six years as a Newcastle player, though he had four different loan spells during that time.

The Scotland international made a total of 37 appearances for the Magpies before moving to Sunderland in 2004.

Steven was a regular as the Black Cats secured promotion in his debut campaign, making 44 appearances and scoring five goals – most notably the winner in a 2-1 home win over Leicester City which secured promotion.

Caldwell continued to feature regularly in the 2005-06 season with 26 appearances as Mick McCarthy’s side were unsuccessful in preserving their top-flight status.

An injury-plagued start to the 2006-07 season meant opportunities were limited for the defender and he would leave for Burnley in January 2007.

The Stirling-born defender won promotion to the Barclays Premier League in his second season at Turf Moor, becoming a fans’ favourite in the process.

Spells with Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City followed before a move to Canada to play for Toronto FC where Caldwell still plies his trade.