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Chris Makin

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

08/05/1973

Signed

02/08/2005

Country

England

The Lancashire-born defender began his career as a trainee at Oldham, making over 100 appearances for the club before moving on loan to Wigan for a season.

A move to France with Marseille followed but after a year without a game, he moved back to England to join Sunderland in 1997 for a fee of £500,000.

He instantly became a regular in the side and in his first season with the Black Cats they went all the way to the reach the Division One Play-off finals. The game was against Charlton and it went all the way to extra-time and penalties, but agonisingly Sunderland lost out on promotion after they missed the seventh penalty.

They didn’t have to wait long until they grasped the top flight though, gaining promotion the following season as champions with 105 points.

A £1.4 million move to Premiership Ipswich arose for Makin in 2001, but 78 League starts and three years later, he left the Premier League to play his football in the Championship for Leicester and then on loan at Derby.      

The versatile full-back signed on a one-year contract for the Royals during the summer of 2005 and deputised most notably for Nicky Shorey on the left side of a water-tight back four.

The defender made his Royals bow in a Carling Cup win over Swansea and, although he was one of the few outfield players not to score in that extraordinary campaign, he made 11 league starts and didn’t lose once as a Royal.

The reliable Mancunian joined Southampton the following summer on a free transfer. In 2008, after 27 appearances for the Saints, Makin retired from football following a knee injury he picked up during the previous season. 

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