Nicky Summerbee

Player of the Day: Nicky Summerbee

by Stuart Vose

Wing wizard in the spotlight.

Winger Nicky Summerbee supplied countless ammunition for deadly strike duo Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips as a key member of the 1998-99 Division One title-winning team.

Nicky – son of former Manchester City star Mike – began his career with Swindon before joining City in 1994 for a reported £1.3m fee.

He made 131 league appearances for the Maine Road club before moving to Wearside in 1997.

The winger made his debut in November of the same year, marking his first outing with a goal in a 4-1 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

His wing play made Summerbee a popular figure with supporters and he provided assist after assist in 1998-99 as Sunderland scored an incredible 108 goals in all competitions and notched 105 league points.

During that incredible campaign, Peter Reid’s side lost on just three occasions and won 31 of their 46 games, racking up a goal difference of +63.

Summerbee joined Bolton in 2001 having made more than 100 appearances for the Black Cats.

He later returned to Manchester City for a brief spell before representing Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Bradford City, Swindon and Tranmere Rovers.

The winger finished his career with non-league Tamworth in 2006 and has since worked in the media.