The 100 greatest signings in Sunderland’s history

CONTENDERS: but where will Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips appear in our list?
CONTENDERS: but where will Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips appear in our list?
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TODAY we launch a countdown of the top 100 greatest post-war signings in Sunderland AFC’s history.

The January transfer window is upon us – and Black Cats chief Gus Poyet is desperate to add to his squad.

But if he does bring anyone in, will they prove to be as big a hit as some of the top signings in Sunderland’s history?

All through January we’ll be counting down the club’s 100 greatest signings as selected by our specially-chosen judging panel – Echo football writers past and present Graeme Anderson and Chris Young, club historian Rob Mason and Sunderland legend Gary Bennett.

They’ve compiled an exhaustive list of some of the greatest names to have been brought to the club over the last 70 years.

The criteria was very simple: players had to have played after World War II, and those who had come through the ranks were not eligible. Neither were loan signings, only those who joined the club on a permanent basis.

And it didn’t matter whether they cost £10million or 10 bob – each player was judged on the impact they made.

Our panel also selected a top 10 – but the order of those players will be up to Echo readers, who can vote for who they believe is the greatest signing in the club’s history.

We’ll reveal the top 10 in a couple of weeks, and you will be able to vote either online or by text.

So, for now, log on each day to find out who has made the cut, along with pictures and information on each player.

As a little flavour, some of the names who DIDN’T make the final list were David Hodgson, Peter Davenport, Bob Lee and Ally McCoist

You can also tweet your views on the countdown by using the hashtag #SAFC100.

Today, we reveal who came in positions 100 to 96 – and it includes two Grays.