GOAL machine Kevin Phillips has been crowned the greatest ever Sunderland signing by Black Cats supporters.
Signed from Watford in 1997 for a fee of up to £600,000, Phillips went on to make 235 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 130 times.
The striker enjoyed a prolific partnership with Niall Quinn and became the first Englishman to win the European Golden Boot award in the 1999-2000 season, with 30 Premier League goals, making him a very worthy winner!
Throughout January we have been counting down the 100 greatest post-war Sunderland signings.
After our judging panel whittled down the candidates to a top 10, we invited you to select the best via text or online.
Thousands of you took the time to cast your vote and the overwhelming favourite - with 44 per cent of the vote - was Phillips.
Charlie Hurley was named runner-up, pipping Phillips’ strike partner Quinn to second spot.
Number 1: Kevin Phillips (Pictured)
- Striker joined Sunderland from Watford in 1997 for a fee of up to £600,000
- Scored 35 goals in his debut season, which ended with play-off final heartbreak with a penalty shoot-out loss to Charlton Athletic
- His 25 goals the following season, despite missing four months with a broken toe, helped Sunderland to promotion to the Premier League
- Became the first Englishman to win the European Golden Boot award in the 1999-2000 season, with 30 Premier League goals
- Enjoyed a prolific partnership with Niall Quinn, broke the club’s post-war scoring record and played for England, but left after Sunderland’s relegation in 2003
- Made 235 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 130 times
- Later went on to play for the likes of Southampton, Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Crystal Palace, and now works as Leicester City’s first-team coach
Runner Up: Charlie Hurley (Pictured)
- Centre-back joined Sunderland from Millwall in 1957 for £20,000, aged just 20
- In 1979, he was voted the club’s best-ever player in a centenary poll of supporters
- Nicknamed ‘The King’, he started his Sunderland career with a 7-0 loss to Blackpool, but went on to become captain and led his team to promotion from the second tier in 1964
- In 1964, he came second to Bobby Moore for the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award
- Made 401 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 26 times
- Moved to Bolton in 1969, and the former Republic of Ireland international managed Reading between 1972 and 1977
- Sunderland’s former training ground was named the Charley Hurley Centre in his honour
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