Craig Gordon

Player of the Day: Craig Gordon

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by Oscar Chamberlain

Scottish international keeper in the spotlight.

Scottish international goalkeeper Craig Gordon spent five years on Wearside between 2007 and 2012.

Signed by Roy Keane for £9m, a then record fee paid by a British club for a goalkeeper, Gordon made 95 appearances before leaving at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

Craig began his career with Hearts where he progressed through the youth ranks before making his first-team debut in October 2002.

Gordon began to impress at Tynecastle and was shortlisted for the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award in the 2003-04 season.

He had become a regular in the Scotland international side by 2005 and his consistent displays during the 2005–06 season helped Hearts to a second place finish in the Scottish Premier League and victory in the Scottish Cup; at the end of the campaign he was voted Scottish Football Writers' Association Player of the Year.

In his final season with Hearts, Gordon was named captain.

Gordon joined Sunderland, after being linked to a host of Europe’s top clubs, in August 2007 and made his Black Cats debut in a 1-0 opening-day win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light.

His debut campaign returned 35 appearances but a knee injury limited Gordon to 12 appearances during the 2008-09 campaign with Martin Fulop deputising.

Gordon regained his place at the start of the 2009-10 season but, after breaking his arm in a 2-0 defeat at Spurs in November, he would again miss a large part – making 30 appearances.

The arrival of Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet, combined with a second fracture of Gordon’s arm, meant the Scot would make just 15 appearances over the course of the 2010-11 season.

Gordon starred in the famous 3-0 win at Chelsea whilst his close range save from Bolton’s Zat Knight was voted the best in Premier League history.

A further knee injury meant Gordon would make only one more appearance for Sunderland – a home draw with Bolton Wanderers at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.