The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 10 and 9 revealed

FA CUP HERO ... Dave Watson.
FA CUP HERO ... Dave Watson.
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ALL month we have been counting down the 100 greatest post-war Sunderland signings – and last week we asked you to choose your favourite.

After our judging panel whittled down the candidates to a top 10, we invited you to select the best via text or online, and thousands of votes were cast. Voting is now closed.

George Mulhall

George Mulhall

Today, we reveal who came in tenth and ninth, while Echo readers can continue to visit the website all week as we count down to the best Black Cats capture.

10. George Mulhall

Outside-left Mulhall joined Sunderland in 1962 from Aberdeen, and quickly made a big impression at Roker Park.

He helped the club to promotion to the top tier in 1964, and also had a remarkable appearance record.

Mulhall played in 125 consecutive games for Sunderland – still a club record – and went on to make 289 appearances overall, scoring 67 times.

The Scotland international left Sunderland in 1969 to join Cape Town City, and continued to have an impact in the game after his retirement from playing as he managed Bradford City, Bolton Wanderers and Halifax Town.

9. Dave Watson

FA Cup hero Watson came ninth in our poll.

The defender joined Sunderland in 1970 from Rotherham United, and turned out to be a huge bargain at just £100,000.

He won the FA Cup with the club in 1973, scoring four goals on the run to the final, and is regarded as one of Sunderland’s best-ever defenders.

Watson – who was capped 65 times by England – started as a centre-forward at Sunderland before being switched to centre-back by Bob Stokoe, and he never looked back.

After making 212 appearances for the club, scoring 33 times, he moved on to Manchester City in 1975, making Sunderland a £75,000 profit.

The top 10 will continue to be revealed as the week goes on.

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.

* Click here for 40-36 – including Lee Clark.

* Click here for 35-31 – including Willie Watson.

* Click here for 30-26 – including Charlie ‘Cannonball’ Fleming.

* Click here for 25-21 – including Chris Turner.

* Click here for 20-16 – including Paul Bracewell.

* Click here for 15-11 – including Ian Porterfield.

* Click here for the top 10 choices.