Player of the Day: Rory Delap


Former Republic of Ireland international in the spotlight.

Former Republic of Ireland international Rory Delap spent the second half of the 2005-06 season at the Stadium of Light, making 13 appearances during his time on Wearside.

Delap began his career with Carlisle United where he progressed through the youth ranks to make 87 first-team appearances in six seasons.

Derby County paid £200,000 for Delap’s services in 1998 and he spent three years at Pride Park, making 113 appearances, before moving to Southampton in 2001.

Southampton broke their transfer record to bring Delap to St. Mary’s in 2001 as the Hampshire outfit parted with £4million for the midfielder.

He made over 150 appearances in his time with the Saints before joining Sunderland in January 2006 as the Black Cats suffered relegation from the top-flight.

Delap’s only Sunderland goal came in the form of a late equaliser at Everton as caretaker manager Kevin Ball saw Sunderland end their six-game pointless run.

The Sutton Coldfield-born midfielder joined Stoke, initially on loan, in October 2006 before making the move permanent in January 2007.

He helped the Potters to promotion to the Barclays Premier League in 2009 and garnered a reputation as a long-throw specialist as he provided multiple assists over the course of the campaign with his bullet deliveries.

In total, Delap made 208 appearances for Stoke in seven seasons before joining Burton Albion in 2013.

Still plying his trade at the Pirelli Stadium, Delap has made seven appearances so far this campaign, scoring once.