Player of the Day: Michael Proctor

by Stuart Vose

Proctor in the spotlight after playing in Jody Craddock testimonial.

Local lad Michael Proctor came through Sunderland’s youth system to make 48 senior appearances for the club.

He debuted in a League Cup tie against Everton in November 1998 but later saw his progress halted by a cruciate ligament injury.

The frontman was loaned to Danish side Hvidovre as well as Halifax Town, York and Bradford following his recovery.

After returning from his spell at Bradford in October 2002, Proctor played in the 3-2 League Cup win at Arsenal the following month and enjoyed a run in the side in 2002-03, scoring four goals.

He remained in and around the first team for the first half of the following campaign but joined Rotherham in February 2004 with Darren Byfield moving the other way.

Proctor played 48 times for the Millers, scoring eight goals, and had a brief loan spell at Swindon prior to two years at Hartlepool.

He finished his career with Wrexham, marking his final game with a goal against Weymouth at the Racecourse Ground in April 2009.