Player of the Day: Andy Marriott

by Kate Smith

Take a look at well-travelled stopper's career.

Journeyman Andy Marriott began his career as a trainee at Arsenal, however, he left Highbury for Nottingham Forest in 1989 without making a single appearance for the Gunners.

He was soon sent out on loan by manager Brian Clough to gain some first team experience, joining West Bromwich Albion, where he made his Football League debut and then further loan spells with Blackburn Rovers, Colchester United and Burnley.

After just 13 first team games for Forest, he moved to Wrexham, in October 1993, for a fee of £200,000.

He became a regular over the next five years at the Racecourse Ground, playing over 250 times, and winning five Welsh international caps, before Sunderland boss Peter Reid swooped for the stopper in August 1998.

He failed to establish himself at the Stadium of Light due to the emergence of young Danish keeper Thomas Sorensen and eventually joined Barnsley in 2001 after making only two appearances in red and white.

After more loan spells Marriott joined Birmingham City in 2003 and would be on the move again the following season, initially to Coventry City, followed by a brief stint at Oldham Athletic and another at Colchester United.

In March 2005 he joined Torquay United becoming the sixth keeper the club had used that season.

He saved two spot-kicks in an FA Cup penalty shootout against Harrogate Town, before converting the winning penalty himself.

At the end of that campaign he was offered a new contract at Torquay, but opted to sign for Boston United instead; a year later the keeper  joined his 17th and final club and became an Exeter City player.