Sam Greenwood of Middlesbrough left ‘buzzing’ after realizing a lifelong dream of playing for Sunderland.

Sam Greenwood of Middlesbrough left ‘buzzing’ after realizing a lifelong dream of playing for Sunderland.


When Sam Greenwood dreamed of playing and scoring at the Stadium of Light as a youngster, it probably didn’t look anything like the actual reality on Saturday.

Greenwood was a boyhood fan who came through Sunderland’s youth academy. But when Arsenal came calling at the age of 16, Greenwood’s career ended up taking a different path. It meant that Saturday’s Wear-Tees derby was his first senior appearance at the Stadium of Light. But on loan at Middlesbrough from Leeds, he was playing against his boyhood club rather than for them.
Ahead of the game, the versatile forward insisted he would be professional and would fight for Boro. And so that proved, as he marked his debut at Sunderland’s ground with a goal – and an important one too, firing Boro into the lead to set them on course for their biggest-ever win away on Wearside. Keeping his celebrations to a minimum, Greenwood admitted it was a weird feeling.
He told Sky Sports after: “It felt a bit weird to be fair, but I’m just happy we got the three points and we can keep pushing now. It was unbelievable. It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to walk out at the Stadium of Light but I’ve done that now and scored against them! It feels unbelievable to be fair. It was a professional performance from the lads and I’m buzzing with the result.”

Ahead of the game, the Boro loan star had also revealed that he’d got his dad a ticket in the away end among Boro fans. Though actually a Sunderland fan, greenwood insisted his dad would be supporting him
Greenwood continued: “Yeah, he’s always supported me so I think he’ll have been a bit all over the place. It felt a bit weird, which is why I didn’t celebrate, but I’m buzzing we got three points and can just move on now.”

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.