Mick Buckley, Former Sunderland Player Dies – 1953-2013 – RIP
Indeed, tributes have poured in and respects paid to former Sunderland star, Mick Buckley.
To clarify, Mick played for SAFC at Roker Park from 1978 to 1983, scoring 7 goals in 121 appearances. He made his debut on 2nd September 1978 which was a 3-1 win against Preston North End at Roker Park.
Bobby Kerr, who was in the same team, was also in shock after hearing about Buckley’s death. Former Black Cats captain, Bobby Kerr says, “I’d never really heard much about him since he stopped playing”. Furthermore, Bobby continues, “he was a quiet lad but a very good footballer”.
Mick Buckley – Midfielder
Mick Buckley was indeed a fine, hard-tackling midfield player. Indeed, he came to Sunderland from Everton after a bargain £80,000 transfer. Jimmy Adamson, manager of the Black Cats then, saw a lot of potential in the player and played him regularly. After all, Buckley did play 135 times for Everton, scoring 10 goals. In fact, while at Everton, he rejected the advances of both Manchester United and Manchester City. This is despite Buckley being born in Manchester on the 4th November 1953.
Unfortunately the next Sunderland manager, Ken Knighton, didn’t play him that often. However, Mick served under three managers at Roker Park and Alan Durban played him far more often than his predecessor.
After Sunderland, Mick then moved on to Hartlepool, Carlisle United and Middlesbrough.
Mick Buckley died a few weeks before his 60th birthday after a long illness.