Chris Makin

Player of the Day: Chris Makin

by Kate Smith

One-goal hero in profile.

Chris Makin - the man who inspired a 40,000-strong roar of ‘Shoot’ every time he got the ball - only ever scored one goal for the Black Cats.

What a goal it was, though.

Makin had made over 50 appearances for Sunderland when, in an away game at Tottenham Hotspur back in 2000, he scored an absolute screamer - played in down the right hand side by Kevin Phillips, Makin swerved the ball into the top corner with the outside of his right foot.

Peter Reid bought Makin from Marseille for £500,000 and the Manchester-born full-back repaid every penny, making 143 appearances in his four years with the club.

He made his Sunderland debut in the first-ever game to be played at the Stadium of Light, a 3-1 win over Manchester City.

During his time on Wearside his partnership with Nicky Summerbee lit up the Stadium of Light, and fans still reminisce about the pair on the right flank, with Michael Gray and Allan Johnston excelling on the left during record-breaking 1998-99 season.

Makin was sold to Ipswich Town after spending four seasons with Sunderland, he went on to have spells with Leicester City, Reading and Southampton before retiring.

While with the Saints, Makin returned to the Stadium of Light to face his former club some five years after leaving and the right-back was still fondly remembered by the home crowd as he was greeted by a rapturous applause when his name was announced.