Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #11 Dariusz Kubicki
Name: Dariusz Kubicki
In his 1990s prime for: Sunderland
Lowdown: Although originally arriving on these shores at Villa Park, after nine years at Legia Warsaw, the international defender struggled to hold down a steady place in the Aston Villa side as they finished second in the inaugural Premier League season.
Kubicki was allowed to join Division One side Sunderland in order to provide stability at right back, and quickly turned himself into a cult hero after a successful loan spell led to a £100,000 transfer. He quickly established a first team place and showed the Roker Park faithful his true class. The Pole played an integral part in the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
Kubicki’s Sunderland career almost ended in sadness when he was dropped by Peter Reid just one game before he broke the club’s post-war appearance record. Realising the error of his ways, Reid recalled the Pole and the record was broken.
After being released by the Mackems at the age of 34, Kubicki joined Wolves where he made thirteen more appearances, eventually moving on to play for Tranmere, Carlisle and Darlington.
Kubicki made 46 appearances for Poland, including appearances at the 1986 World Cup.
Now: Despite being known for his consistency during his playing days, Kubicki then became something of a loose cannon as a manager, getting himself suspended as coach of Lechia Gdansk amid accusations of match bribery by the Polish FA.