The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 30-26

Charlie Fleming
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A PAIR of Scottish internationals and a promotion hero feature today as we countdown the 100 greatest Sunderland signings.

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

Jeff Clarke

Jeff Clarke

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

Today we reach positions 30 to 26.

30. Charlie ‘Cannonball’ Fleming (Pictured above)

- Striker joined Sunderland in 1955 from East Fife for £20,000

Allan Johnston

Allan Johnston

- Was a prolific goalscorer during his time on Wearside, and was nicknamed Cannonball

- Made 122 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 71 times

- Left the club in 1958 to join Bath City

29. Jeff Clarke (Pictured)

Jim Baxter

Jim Baxter

- Defender joined Sunderland from Manchester City in 1975 in a part-exchange deal involving Dave Watson, with Sunderland receiving £200,000

- Twice won promotion with Sunderland

- Made 218 appearances for Sunderland, scoring six times

- Left the club in 1982 to join Newcastle United

Vic Halom

Vic Halom

28. Allan Johnston (Pictured)

- Winger joined Sunderland in 1997 from Rennes

- Scotland international scored the last league goal at Roker Park, and played a key part in the 1999 promotion to the Premier League under Peter Reid

- Provided goals for Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn and was known for his skill

- Made 101 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 20 times

- Left the club in 2000 to join Rangers, before later playing for the likes of Middlesbrough, Kilmarnock and Queen of the South

27. Jim Baxter (Pictured)

- Left midfielder joined Sunderland in 1965 from Rangers for £72,500

- Scotland international eventually left to join Nottingham Forest in 1967 for £100,000

- Made 98 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 12 times

26. Vic Halom (Pictured)

- Striker joined in 1973 from Luton Town for £35,000

- Signed for Sunderland three months before the 1973 FA Cup final, and scored in the fifth-round replay win over Manchester City and semi-final against Arsenal

- Left in 1976 to join Oldham Athletic

- Made 139 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 42 times

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 in a couple of weeks, 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.