Our countdown of the 100 greatest Sunderland signings reaches the half-way stage

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WE have reached the half-way point of our countdown to the 100 greatest signings in Sunderland’s post-war history.

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

Don Goodman

Don Goodman

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

The feature has really captured the imagination of Black Cats supporters and to mark the half-way stage we have recapped those players that made it into positions 100 to 50:

100. George Burley

– Right-back who joined Sunderland from Ipswich Town in 1985

John O'Shea in action for Sunderland against Liverpool.

John O'Shea in action for Sunderland against Liverpool.

99. Frank Gray

– Left-back who joined Sunderland from Leeds United in 1985

98. Peter Wakeham

– Goalkeeper who joined Sunderland from Torquay United in 1958

Darren Williams

Darren Williams

97. Steve Whitworth

– Right-back who joined Sunderland from Leicester City in 1979 for £120,000

96. Phil Gray

– Striker who joined Sunderland from Luton Town in 1993 for £800,000

95. Steven Fletcher

- Striker joined Sunderland from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012 for a club record fee of up to £14m

94. Vito Mannone

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland from Arsenal in 2013 for £2m

93. Steed Malbranque

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 for an undisclosed fee

92. Clive Walker

- Winger joined Sunderland from Chelsea in 1984. Made 64 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 17 times

91. Paul Hardyman

- Left-back joined Sunderland from Portsmouth in 1989 for £130,000

90. Lorik Cana

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Marseille in 2009 for £5m. Captained the club in his one season on Wearside

89. David Connolly

- Scored 13 goals in his first season at the club as Roy Keane’s side won promotion to the Premier League

88. Wes Brown

- Defender joined Sunderland from Manchester United in 2011 for an undisclosed fee

87. Mark Proctor

- Made 138 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 23 times

86. Mick Buckley

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Everton in 1978 for £60,000

85. Adam Johnson (Pictured)

- Winger joined Sunderland from Manchester City in 2012 for £10m

84. Alex Chamberlain

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland from Luton Town in 1993

83. Arthur Hudgell

- Full-back joined Sunderland from Crystal Palace for £10,000 in 1947 – a record fee for a defender

82. Jack Stelling

- Full-back joined Sunderland from non-league Usworth Colliery in 1946

81. Stephen Elliott

- Striker joined Sunderland from Manchester City in 2004 for an initial fee of £125,000

80. Nyron Nosworthy

- Helped Sunderland to promotion to the Premier League in 2007

79. Carlos Edwards

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

78. Fred Hall

- Defender joined Sunderland from Blackburn Rovers in 1946

77. Jack Hedley

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

76. Danny Collins

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

75. Kieran Richardson

- Winger joined Sunderland from Manchester United in 2007 for £5.5m

74. Seb Larsson

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Birmingham City in 2011 on a free transfer

73. Andy Melville

- Defender joined Sunderland from Oxford United in 1993 for £500,000

72. Ron Guthrie

- Made 81 appearances for Sunderland, scoring twice

71. Mart Poom

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland in 2002 from Derby County, initially on loan

70. Tommy Wright

- Made 180 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 54 times.

69. Alex Rae

- Midfielder joined Sunderland in 1996 from Millwall for £1m

68. George Aitken

- Scotland international helped the club finish in the top 10 of the top tier three times

67. Leighton James

- Welsh international helped Sunderland survive in the top flight

66. Barry Siddall

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland from Bolton Wanderers in 1976 to replace Jimmy Montgomery

65. Marcus Stewart

- Striker joined Sunderland from Ipswich Town in 2002 for around £2.25m

64. Stephane Sessegnon

- Forward joined Sunderland from Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 for £6m

63. Martin Scott

- Made 126 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 11 times

62. John Kay

- Full-back joined Sunderland from Wimbledon in 1987 for £22,500

61. Eric Gates

- Striker, from County Durham, started his career at Ipswich Town before joining Sunderland in 1985 for £150,000, aged 30

60. John O’Shea (Pictured)

- Defender joined Sunderland from Manchester United in 2011 for around £5m

59. Dwight Yorke

- Striker – who played in midfield for much of his time on Wearside – joined Sunderland from Sydney in 2006

58. Phil Bardsley

- Full-back joined Sunderland from Manchester United in 2008 for a fee potentially rising to £2m

57. John MacPhail

- Made 153 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 22 times

56. Dariusz Kubicki

- Right-back joined Sunderland on loan from Aston Villa in 1993, with the move made permanent in 1994

55. Don Goodman (Pictured)

- Made 132 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 47 times

54. Don Hutchison

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Everton in 2000 for £2.5m

53. Dean Whitehead

- Made 200 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 14 times

52. Ray Daniel

- Defender joined Sunderland from Arsenal in 1953 for £27,500, which was a record fee for a defender at the time

51. Ambrose Fogarty

- Made 174 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 43 times

50. Darren Williams (Pictured)

- Made 239 appearances for Sunderland, scoring six times

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.