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Player of the Day: Colin Suggett

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by Ashley Houghton

60's forward in the spotlight.

Colin Suggett made 93 appearances in three seasons on Wearside between 1966 and 1969 before becoming the first Sunderland player to move for a six-figure sum when he joined West Bromwich Albion for £100,000.

After impressing for Chester-Le-Street schoolboys alongside Howard Kendall, Suggett become a teenage star earning a reputation for both pace and his ability to score goals.

The Washington-born inside-forward was also full of creativity and was a regular provider of opportunities for team-mates over his career.

Suggett’s Sunderland debut came at Stoke City towards the end of the 1966-67 season as Ian McColl’s side preserved their top-flight status – his first goal followed five games later in a 3-1 defeat at Fulham.

In his first full season, Suggett’s 15-goal return, three of which came in games against Newcastle United, was more than any other Sunderland player whilst he also failed to miss a game in any competition – a further sign of his impeccable fitness record.

A similarly consistent campaign followed with Suggett scoring nine goals to lead the club’s scoring charts for a second consecutive campaign.

However Sunderland found the lure of a £100,000 record bid for Suggett’s services from West Brom too much as he departed for the Midlands.

Suggett converted from inside forward to midfield on the back of his move to the Midlands and he spent four years at the Hawthorns before Norwich City broke their transfer record to take him to Norfolk.

He helped Norwich to promotion in 1974-75 and was voted as the Canaries’ Player of the Year on the back of that success.

Colin returned to the north-east to play for Newcastle United at the end of his career before he spent a long coaching career in the game.

Suggett’s innate talent for youth coaching took him around the country with spells at Newcastle, Bolton Wanderers, Portsmouth and Ipswich Town.