The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 25-21

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THREE goalkeepers and a Scottish forward from the 1960s make today’s list as we continue our countdown to the 100 greatest Sunderland signings.

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

Thomas Sorensen

Thomas Sorensen

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

Today we reach positions 25 to 21.

25. Chris Turner

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland from Sheffield Wednesday in 1978

Steve Bould

Steve Bould

- Soon became a regular as Sunderland were promoted to the top flight, and in the 1982-83 season, he became just the third Black Cats goalkeeper to keep six clean sheets in a row

- Was part of the side which reached the final of the 1985 League Cup

- Made 224 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

- Left the club in 1985 to join Manchester United, and later played for Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and Leyton Orient, and managed the likes of Leyton Orient, Hartlepool United and Sheffield Wednesday

George Herd

George Herd

24. Thomas Sorensen

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland from Odense BK in 1998 for £510,000

- Was part of the record-breaking side which won promotion to the Premier League in 1999, keeping a club record 29 clean sheets in the process

- Remained a regular in the Premier League as Peter Reid’s side twice finished seventh, and famously saved Alan Shearer’s penalty in a 2-1 win over Newcastle United at St James’s Park

Johnny Mapson

Johnny Mapson

- Won 101 caps for Denmark

- Made 197 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

- Left the club in 2003 following relegation to join Aston Villa, and now plays for Stoke City

23. Steve Bould

- Defender joined Sunderland from Arsenal in 1999 for £500,000

- Became club captain after Kevin Ball’s departure, and Sunderland finished seventh in his one season on Wearside

- Made 23 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

- Left the club in 2000 to retire because of injury problems, and after a spell coaching Arsenal’s youngsters, is now the club’s assistant manager

22. George Herd

- Inside forward joined Sunderland in 1961 from Clyde for £42,500

- Scotland international was a good provider for team-mates, but scored the winner against Newcastle United at Roker Park in October 1963 in a promotion season

- Made 318 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 55 times. He is 25th on the club’s all-time appearances list

- Left the club in 1970 to join Hartlepool United, and later had coaching spells at clubs including Sunderland and Middlesbrough

21. Johnny Mapson

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland from Reading in 1936, and broke into the team after the death of Jimmy Thorpe after he received a kick to the head

- Helped the club with the league title in 1936, and lifted the FA Cup a year later before the Second World War started

- Resumed his Sunderland career after the war

- Made 383 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

- Left the club by retiring in 1954

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 later this week 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.

* 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.