Player of the Day: Dennis Tueart

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by Oscar Chamberlain

Twice a Wembley winner, Dennis Tueart starts a week of profiled Wembley stars.

Part of the legendary FA Cup-winning side of 1973, Dennis Tueart is one of the most gifted wide-men ever to don a Sunderland shirt.

In many ways, Tueart possessed all the abilities required of a top winger; he was quick, strong, had brilliant close control, and a powerful, accurate shot.

Tueart was a player who excited fans; every time he picked up the ball there was a sense of expectation, a buzz that something was going to happen.

Born in Newcastle in November 1949, Tueart signed for Sunderland aged 18, and would go on to make 208 appearances in all competitions, scoring 56 goals.

In his first full season in the red and white stripes, Sunderland were relegated to Division Two, and it was there they would remain for the rest of Tueart’s time on Wearside. 

Tueart played in every game of the 1973 FA Cup winning run, scoring in wins against Notts County and Reading.

The season following Sunderland’s Wembley win would be Tueart’s last with the Black Cats, but he would score two memorable goals in the season, including one in the club’s first ever European tie against Vasas Budapest in Hungary.

 In March 1974, Tueart would transfer to Manchester City, where he went on to make 259 appearances over two four-year spells at Maine Road, scoring 107 goals.

Dennis’ first spell at City, between 1974 and 1978, saw him score a memorable overhead kick to win City the 1976 League Cup final at Wembley.

Leaving Manchester in 1978, Tueart played for the New York Cosmos in the short-lived North American Soccer League for a season, scoring 26 goals in 47 appearances, and playing alongside legends of the game like Franz Beckenbauer.

Tueart returned to City in 1979, before leaving in 1983. He had brief spells at Stoke City and Burnley, before retiring in 1986.

Tueart was capped six times by England, scoring twice.

Following his retirement from the game, Dennis forged a successful career in the world of business, and spent a period as a director at Manchester City.