Player of the Day: Mart Poom


Estonian stopper in the spotlight.

Estonian goalkeeper Mart Poom made 68 appearances in his three years on Wearside between 2002 and 2005.

Poom will be forever remembered for his late equaliser in a clash with his former club Derby County at Pride Park in his first full season with the Black Cats.

After impressing in his homeland and also in Finland, Poom moved to Portsmouth and then the Rams in 1997.

Poom spent six years at Derby, winning the club’s Player of the Year award in 1999-00, before leaving Pride Park following the Rams’ relegation to the First Division.

Over three-quarters of the Estonian’s Black Cats appearances came in his opening 12 months in the north east as Mick McCarthy’s side suffered play-off heartbreak at the hands of Crystal Palace.

Poom started the 2004-05 season in promising fashion but injuries curtailed his season in October and he would join Arsenal as cover to Jens Lehmann and Manuel Almunia.

The Estonian made only one appearance for the Gunners before joining Watford in 2007 where he would make 19 appearances before retiring in 2009.

Poom was capped 120 times by Estonia over the course of his career making him the fourth most capped player in the nation’s history.

He was also voted the best Estonian player of the last 50 years.