Chris Makin

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Chris Makin is a former English defender who was born in Prestwich on 8th May 1973. Makin began his career at Oldham Athletic having previously attended The Lilleshall School of Excellence. He made his first professional appearance on loan at Wigan Athletic in the 1992/93 season. Makin made his Premiership debut for Joe Royle's Oldham on 23rd October 1993 in a 0-0 draw with Arsenal. He was part of the Oldham side that reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1994, narrowly losing out to Manchester United after a Mark Hughes goal in the dying seconds. Oldham were also relegated that year, but Makin remained at Boundary Park for another two seasons.

In 1996 Makin made the surprise move to freshly promoted French giants Marseille. After a single season at L'OM, Chris returned to England to join Peter Reid's Sunderland. Makin helped Sunderland win promotion to the Premiership in 1999, with a record 105 points total. He was back in the English top flight for the 1999/2000 season, and played 34 matches for The Mackems, who finished 7th. After a further 23 appearances for The Black Cats in 2000/01, Makin signed for George Burley's Ipswich late in the campaign and contributed to The Tractor Boys 5th place Premiership finish. He was a mainstay in the side the next two seasons, as Ipswich were relegated to Division One. Makin played just five times in his final season with the club in 2003/04.

In the summer of 2004 Makin signed for Mickey Adams Leicester, who had just been relegated from The Premiership. The former Oldham defender was considered a disappointment at the Walkers Stadium however, and was loaned to Derby later in the 2004/05 season. In 2005/06 Makin moved to Reading. Although he only made 12 appearances for The Royals, Chris performed well when he was given a chance, and helped Steve Coppell's side beat Sunderland's old points record, finishing top of The Championship.

Makin linked up with his former Ipswich manager George Burley when the Southampton boss brought the full back to St Marys in August 2006. Makin made his Saints debut on 19th August at Barnsley when he replaced Gareth Bale at half time in a 2-2 draw. He played in 25 matches during 2006/07, some at right back and some at left back when Gareth Bale was rested or injured. His best performance for the club came in the play-off semi final at Derby in May, which Saints lost on penalties. Makin was one of the clubs unsung heroes in his first campaign with the South Coast club.

Due to a bizarre lack of transfer activity in defensive areas in the summer of 2007, Makin was forced to start the 2007/08 season in the unfamiliar position of centre defence. The former Oldham man struggled in his new role, as Saints lost 4-1 at home to Palace on the opening day and crashed out in the first round of the League Cup at Peterborough. Makin played what turned out to be his final ever match for the club on September 19th against Colchester. He suffered a hip injury later that month, which ultimately ended his career.