Player of the Day: Dick Malone

by Kate Smith

Cup winner takes centre stage.

Dick Malone cost Sunderland £30,000 when he signed from Ayr United in October 1970, and the club certainly got a return on their investment.

Malone was an attacking right-back who loved to get forward and cause problems for opposing defences. He only scored two goals for the club but helped set up many more.

He won an FA Cup winners' medal while with Sunderland, playing a key role in the 1-0 win over Leeds United at Wembley in 1973.

After a total of 282 appearances in the red and white, Malone moved on to Hartlepool United on a free transfer in June 1977, later playing for Blackpool.

Malone is now a regular at the Stadium of Light hosting one of the hospitality suites every matchday. He also spends a lot of time supporting initiatives of the club's official charity, the Foundation of Light.