The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 45-41

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A FORMER England manager and an Argentinian star feature as we countdown the 100 greatest Sunderland signings from numbers 45 to 41.

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

Julio Arca

Julio Arca

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

45. Ted Purdon (Pictured above)

- Forward joined Sunderland from Birmingham City in 1954 for £15,000

- Scored two on his debut and a hat-trick a week later, finishing his first half-season with 11 goals in 16 games

Dick Malone

Dick Malone

- Was part of the Sunderland team which finished fourth in the top flight and reached the semi-final of the FA Cup

- South African made 96 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 42 times

- Left the club in 1957 to join Workington

44. Julio Arca (Pictured)

Don Revie

Don Revie

- Winger joined Sunderland in 2000 from Argentinos Juniors for £3.5m

- Argentine went on to become a real crowd favourite, thanks to his commitment and flair

- Stayed at Sunderland despite relegation in 2003, and helped the club win promotion back to the Premier League two years later

- Made 177 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 23 times

Stan Cummins

Stan Cummins

- Left the club following another relegation in 2006 to join Middlesbrough, where he stayed until 2013

- Now plays for Willow Pond FC, a Sunderland Sunday League side

43. Dick Malone (Pictured)

- Attacking right-back joined in 1970 from Ayr United for £30,000

- Was a member of the 1973 FA Cup-winning side

- Made 282 appearances for Sunderland, scoring twice

- Left in 1977 to join Hartlepool United on a free

42. Don Revie (Pictured)

- Forward joined Sunderland from Manchester City in 1956 for £22,000

- Made 66 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 15 times

- Left the club in 1958 to join Leeds United

- Went on to have a hugely successful spell as Leeds manager, and was also appointed England boss

41. Stan Cummins (Pictured)

- Forward joined Sunderland from Middlesbrough in 1979 for £300,000, and later returned from Crystal Palace in 1984

- Scored on his debut, and scored four goals in one game in a later game against Burnley at Roker Park

- Helped the club to promotion in his first season, and also scored the winner against Liverpool on the last day of the 1980-81 season to keep Sunderland in the top flight

- Made 165 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 32 times

- Left the club in 1983 for Crystal Palace, and in 1985 for Minnesota Strikers

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.