The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 40-36

Lee Clark

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AN England international and the current North East Football Writers’ Player of the Year make it into our countdown of the 100 greatest Sunderland post-war signings.

Our judging panel has selected the 100 greatest post-war signings and the criteria was very simple.

Lee Cattermole in action for Sunderland.  Picture by FRANK REID

Lee Cattermole in action for Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID

Players had to have played after World War II, and those who had come through the ranks were not eligible.

Today we reach numbers 40 to 36.

40. Lee Clark (Pictured above)

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Newcastle United in 1997

Tony Norman

Tony Norman

- Was a key part of the side which racked up a record points tally of 105 as Sunderland won promotion in 1999

- Left under controversial circumstances after being pictured wearing an anti-Sunderland t-shirt while watching Newcastle in the 1999 FA Cup final

- Made 85 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 16 times

- Left the club in 1999 to join Fulham, and finished his career back at Newcastle. Has managed Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City, and is now in charge at Blackpool

Tony Towers  old ref number sport 4 333   Photographer Kenny Parker  SAFC v Manchester United 'Sunderland v Manchester United at Roker Park  Score Sunderland 2 Manchester 1'Game played 11 April 1977 Picture caption:  Tony Towers showing fierce concentration as he slams home a penalty.   see Tuesday April 12 1977 Sunderland football player

Tony Towers old ref number sport 4 333 Photographer Kenny Parker SAFC v Manchester United 'Sunderland v Manchester United at Roker Park Score Sunderland 2 Manchester 1'Game played 11 April 1977 Picture caption: Tony Towers showing fierce concentration as he slams home a penalty. see Tuesday April 12 1977 Sunderland football player

39. Lee Cattermole (Pictured)

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Wigan Athletic in 2009 for £6m

- Was named captain by Steve Bruce ahead of the 2010-11 season, but later lost the armband after a number of red cards

- After falling foul of Paolo Di Canio, returned to favour under Gus Poyet and played a key role in the ‘Great Escape’ campaign of 2013-14

Gavin McCann

Gavin McCann

- Form saw him named the North East Football Writers’ Player of the Year for 2014, but he is yet to win senior international recognition by England

- Has made 131 appearances for Sunderland, scoring twice

38. Tony Norman (Pictured)

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland from Hull City in 1988 for £500,000 – a club transfer record

- Helped Sunderland to promotion to the top flight in 1990, and played in the 1992 FA Cup final defeat to Liverpool

- Wales international made 227 appearances for Sunderland, without a goal

- Left in 1995 to join Huddersfield Town

37. Tony Towers (Pictured)

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Manchester City in 1974 in a part-exchange deal involving Dennis Tueart and Micky Horswill

- Later became Sunderland captain, and led the team to promotion in the 1975-76 campaign

- Made 124 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 22 times

- Left the club in 1977 to join Birmingham City, and the England international later played for Montreal Manic, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Vancouver Whitecaps and Rochdale

36. Gavin McCann (Pictured)

- Midfielder joined Sunderland in 1998 from Everton for £2.25m

- Won promotion with Sunderland in first season, and was also a key part of the side which twice finished seventh in the Premier League

- Made 135 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 13 times

- Left the club in 2003 to join Aston Villa, and the once-capped England international finished his career at Bolton Wanderers

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 post-war history.

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

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

The countdown:

* Click here for 100-96 - including Phil Gray.

* Click here for 95-91 - including Steven Fletcher.

* Click here for 90-86 - including David Connolly.

* Click here for 85-81 - including Alex Chamberlain.

* Click here for 80-76 - including Fred Hall.

* Click here for 75-71 - including Mart Poom.

* Click here for 70-66 - including Alex Rae.

* Click here for 65-61 - including Eric Gates.

* Click here for 60-56 - including John O’Shea.

* Click here for 55-51 - including Don Goodman.

* Click here for 50-46 - including Simon Mignolet.

* Click here for 45-41 - including Dick Malone.