The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 80-76

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OUR countdown to the 100 greatest post-war Sunderland signings continues with players from the 1940s, 1950s and three promotion winning stars.

Today we reveal who made it into positions 80 to 76.

23 february 2013.'Huddersfield Town v Ipswich Town.'Huddersfield's Paul Dixon gets an eye-opener from Ipswich's Carlos Edwards.

23 february 2013.'Huddersfield Town v Ipswich Town.'Huddersfield's Paul Dixon gets an eye-opener from Ipswich's Carlos Edwards.

Our judging panel has selected the 100 greatest signings and 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.

Read on to see who made it into positions 80 to 76.

80. Nyron Nosworthy (pictured above)

Fred Hall

Fred Hall

- Defender joined Sunderland from Gillingham in 2005 on a free transfer

- Became a crowd favourite, and something of a cult figure on Wearside

- Helped Sunderland to promotion to the Premier League in 2007

- Made 125 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

Jack Hedley

Jack Hedley

- Left the club in 2010 to join Sheffield United on loan, and eventually made a permanent move away in 2012, to Watford. Now plays for Blackpool on a deal which runs until January 2015

79. Carlos Edwards (pictured)

- Winger joined Sunderland from Luton Town in 2007 for £1.5m

- Helped the club to promotion in his first half-season, with a late winning goal against Burnley helping to get Sunderland over the line

Danny Collins (right) challenges.

Danny Collins (right) challenges.

- Injuries restricted him in the Premier League, although he did force his way back in under Ricky Sbragia

- Made 56 appearances for Sunderland, scoring five times

- Left the club in 2009 to join Ipswich Town, where he stayed until 2014, when he moved to Millwall

78. Fred Hall (pictured)

- Defender joined Sunderland from Blackburn Rovers in 1946

- Was named captain shortly after signing, and became a crucial member of the team

- The versatile and commanding defender made 224 appearances for Sunderland, scoring once

- Left the club in 1955 to join Barrow

77. Jack Hedley (pictured)

- Full-back, from Wallsend, joined Sunderland from Everton in 1950 for £10,000

- Helped the club finish in the top 10 of the top tier three times

- Made 295 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

- Left the club in 1959 to join Gateshead

76. Danny Collins (pictured)

- Defender joined Sunderland from Chester City in 2004 for £140,000

- Went on to become a Welsh international, and helped Sunderland to promotion in his first season at the club, and again in 2007, while he twice won the Fans’ Player of the Year award

- Made 163 appearances for Sunderland, scoring three times

- Left the club in 2009 to join Stoke City, and later played for Ipswich Town and West Ham United on loan, while he is currently at Nottingham Forest

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.