Player of the Day: Gary Owers

by Kate Smith

Verstatile Owers takes today's spotlight.

Gary Owers made over 300 appearances for Sunderland in a spell that lasted more than eight years between 1986 and 1994.

A tenacious and fierce competitor, Owers graduated through the Sunderland youth ranks and made his debut against Brentford at the start of the 1987-88 campaign under new boss Denis Smith.

Owers, who could play in midfield or at full-back, made 37 appearances in his first full season and collected a championship medal as Sunderland won the Third Division title, sitting nine points above second placed Brighton and Hove Albion.

For the next six and a half seasons Owers formed a great partnership in the centre of the pitch with Paul Bracewell.

His appearance at the 1992 FA Cup final against Liverpool saw him fill in at right-back for the injured John Kay and in that game he created two of Sunderland’s best chances.

In 1994 he moved to Bristol City for a deal worth £250,000, that saw Martin Scott come in the other direction.

Owers went on to have spells with Notts County, Forest Green Rovers and Bath City before hanging his boots up in 2006.