Michael Thomas "Micky" Cummins (born 1 June 1978) is an Irish footballer who plays for Gateshead. He has also appeared for the Republic of Ireland under-21 team and played all of Irelands five games at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship.
He started his career with Middlesbrough in 1996, where he stayed for four years. In 2000, he moved on to Port Vale, and made over 250 appearances for the club in a six-year stay, picking up a League Trophy winners medal in 2001. Between 2006 and 2008 he was signed to Darlington, and in 2008 he joined Rotherham United. Two years later he transferred to Grimsby Town, before he joined Gateshead in May 2011.
Cummins began his professional career as a trainee with Middlesbrough in 1996. He made his Premier League debut under Bryan Robson on 16 May 1999, playing the full ninety minutes of a 40 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park. He made his second appearance off the bench on 26 February 2000, in a goalless draw at the Riverside Stadium.
He joined Brian Hortons Port Vale on a free transfer in March 2000.He played twelve First Division games in 19992000, as the "Valiants" were relegated into the Second Division. He scored his first senior goal on 21 March, in a 21 defeat to Walsall at Vale Park. He played a total of 56 games in 200001 in league and cup, including the League Trophy Final 21 victory over Brentford at the Millennium Stadium. He scored three goals throughout the campaign, including the opener of the 21 victory over Stoke City in the League Trophy Northern Section semi-finals.
Cummins was a key player for Vale in 200102, scoring nine goals in 53 games; the most significant of these nine goals came in a 10 win against Potteries derby opponents Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on 10 February (the last such meeting between the two clubs). In 200203 he scored four goals in 35 games, with two of these goals coming in a 42 win over Mansfield Town on 30 November; his appearances were limited by a shoulder injury that required surgery. He recovered from a knee injury to score four goals in 46 games in 200304, as new manager Martin Foyle led the club to a seventh place finish the club finished outside of the play-off zone due to an inferior goal difference. Having signed a two-year deal in May 2004,Cummins scored twice in 43 games in 200405, as Vale struggled to compete in the third tier. With ten League One goals in 200506, he finished the campaign as the clubs joint-highest league goalscorer (with Leon Constantine); he also overcame injury problems to play a total of 42 games.
Having made a total of 287 league and cup appearances for Port Vale, scoring 34 goals, he joined David Hodgsons Darlington on a free transfer in May 2006.He quickly became a regular in the first-team for the "Quakers", making 45 league and cup appearances in the 200607 season despite suffering from a groin problem. Darlington knocked Championship side Stoke City out of the League Cup in August 2006, and finished the season in mid-table.He was nominated for the League Two player of the month award in November 2006. However following Darlingtons failure to gain promotion out of League Two in the 200708 season, Cummins was released by manager Dave Penney.
He signed a two-year contract with League Two rivals Rotherham United, then managed by Mark Robins, in May 2008. He scored five goals in 45 games in 200809. He scored against Championship club West Bromwich Albion in the 43 defeat in the League Cup Second Round on 26 August 2009; though a groin injury meant that he was restricted to just seventeen appearances in 200910,and he did not feature in the play-off Final defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Released by Rotherham,Cummins signed a one-year deal with Neil Woods Grimsby Town in June 2010.He played a total of 40 games for the Conference Premier side in 201011, scoring one goal in a 20 win over Luton Town at Blundell Park.Though Woods was keen to sign him to a longer contract,Cummins left the club at the end of the campaign after he was released by new management duo Rob Scott and Paul Hurst.
In May 2011, he joined Conference side Gateshead on a one-year deal.He was signed by manager Ian Bogie, his former teammate at Port Vale. Cummins made his Gateshead debut on 13 August, scoring their second goal against Kidderminster Harriers in a 32 win at Aggborough.
He enjoyed his most prolific season yet in 201112, bagging 12 goals in 49 appearances, and starting in all league games. He agreed a new one-year contract with the club in May 2012 to cover the 201213 season.
He went on to play 42 games in the 201213 campaign, helping the "Tynesiders" to a 17th place finish. On 18 August 2013, Cummins was named caretaker assistant manager at Gateshead following the resignation of Anth Smith,a position he held until 3 September when Gary Mills was appointed manager.
Cummins won caps for the Republic of Ireland under-21 side. He also scored two goals at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia; he found the net in a 21 win over the United States and a 11 draw with China at the group stage held at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar.The Irish were knocked out by eventual winners Argentina at the semi-final stage, and then finished third following a 21 win over Ghana.