The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 20-16

Billy Elliott
Billy Elliott
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A FORMER FA Cup finalist and winger from the 1950s make today’s list as we continue our countdown to the 100 greatest ever Sunderland signings.

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

Paul Bracewell

Paul Bracewell

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

Today we reach positions 20 to 16.

20. Billy Elliott (Pictured above)

- Winger joined Sunderland from Burnley in 1953 for £26,000

Billy Bingham

Billy Bingham

- Played five times for England at senior level

- Made 212 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 26 times

- Left the club in 1959 to join Ipswich Town, and later managed Sunderland, as well as Libya, Brann and Darlington

19. Paul Bracewell (Pictured)

Johnny Crossan

Johnny Crossan

- Midfielder joined Sunderland in 1983 from Stoke City for £250,000, rejoined the club from Everton in 1989 and again in 1995 from Newcastle United

- Played in the FA Cup final loss to Liverpool in 1992, and helped Sunderland win promotion to the Premier League in 1996

- Overall, made 270 appearances for Sunderland, scoring six times

- Left the club for the final time in 1997 to join Fulham

Pop Robson

Pop Robson

18. Billy Bingham (Pictured)

- Outside right joined Sunderland from Glentoran in 1950

- Northern Ireland international was well known for his dribbling skills, and played in two FA Cup semi-finals for Sunderland

- Made 227 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 47 times

- Left the club in 1958 to join Luton Town, and later went on to manage Northern Ireland twice, as well as the likes of Greece, Everton and Plymouth Argyle

17. Johnny Crossan (Pictured)

- Inside forward joined Sunderland from Standard Liege in 1962

- Helped the club win promotion to the top flight in 1964, scoring 22 league goals in the season

- Northern Ireland international made 99 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 48 goals

- Left the club in 1965 to join Manchester City, and later played for Middlesbrough and KSK Tongeren

16. Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson (Pictured)

- Forward joined Sunderland from West Ham United twice: for £145,000 in 1974 and £45,000 in 1979. Also returned to Sunderland from Chelsea in 1983

- Starred in second tier-winning side, and was involved in another promotion

- Became Sunderland’s oldest goalscorer in 1984 with a goal against Leicester City, aged 38 years and 182 days old

- Made 182 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 68 times

- Left the club finally in 1984, but later returned at backroom level

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 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.

* 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.