The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 55-51

Don Goodman
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A SCOTTISH international and two stars from the 1950s make the list as we continue the countdown to the 100 greatest SAFC signings with numbers 55 to 51.

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

Don Hutchison

Don Hutchison

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

55. Don Goodman (Pictured above)

- Striker joined Sunderland in 1991 from West Bromwich Albion for £900,000 – a fee which broke the club’s transfer record

- Scored the winner on his home debut and a hat-trick a month later

Dean Whitehead

Dean Whitehead

- Made 132 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 47 times

- Left the club in 1994 to join Wolverhampton Wanderers, and later played for the likes of Motherwell, Walsall and Exeter City. Now a pundit on Sky Sports for the Football League

54. Don Hutchison (Pictured)

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Everton in 2000 for £2.5m

Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel

- Boyhood Newcastle United fan enjoyed an excellent season on Wearside, scoring in a 2-1 derby win at St James’s Park

- Made 39 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 10 times

- Left the club to join West Ham United in 2001 for £5m, and later played for Millwall, Coventry City and Luton Town

53. Dean Whitehead (Pictured)

Ambrose Fogarty

Ambrose Fogarty

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Oxford United in 2004 for £150,000

- Won the club’s Player’s Player of the Year award in his first season as Sunderland won promotion to the Premier League.

- Continued to be a regular until he departed for Stoke City in 2009. He now plays for Middlesbrough

- Made 200 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 14 times

52. Ray Daniel (Pictured)

- Defender joined Sunderland from Arsenal in 1953 for £27,500, which was a record fee for a defender at the time

- Wales international became a regular at Roker Park, and was the club’s captain

- Made 153 appearances for Sunderland, scoring seven times

- Left the club in 1957 to join Cardiff City, and later played for Swansea Town

51. Ambrose Fogarty (Pictured)

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Glentoran in 1957 for £3,000

- Became a regular in the 1960s, and won 11 caps for the senior Republic of Ireland side

- Made 174 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 43 times

- Left the club in 1963 to join Hartlepool United, and later played for the likes of Cork Hibernians, Drumcondra and Athlone Town

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.