A FORMER Sunderland player has lost his long battle with cancer aged 73.
Calvin Palmer arrived at Roker Park in February 1968 for a fee of £70,000, following spells at Nottingham Forest and Stoke City.
He went on to make more than 40 appearances, scoring five goals, during a three-year stay on Wearside.
Described as “among the most versatile players of his day” in All the Lads: A Complete Who’s Who of Sunderland AFC, Mr Palmer was able to play in a variety of positions, including inside-forward and wing-half.
Lincolnshire-born Mr Palmer left Sunderland in 1970 to play football in South Africa.
On returning to England in 1971, he played for Crewe Alexandra before retirement.
His son, Robin, 48, told the Echo: “My dad wasn’t at Sunderland as long as some of his other clubs but he was revered as a player there because he always gave 100 per cent and took no prisoners.”
Mr Palmer died last Wednesday morning in a hospice in Brighton after suffering from cancer in his mouth and neck.
He leaves behind Robin and daughters Julie, Sharon and Joy.
Mr Palmer’s family have set no formal funeral for him as his body is being donated to medical science.