The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 65-61

Marcus Stewart.
Marcus Stewart.
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TODAY we continue our countdown of the 100 greatest post-war Sunderland signings.

A former Hartlepool United manager and a radio pundit make the list today as we countdown from 65 to 61.

Stephane Sessegnon

Stephane Sessegnon

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

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

65. Marcus Stewart (pictured above)

- Striker joined Sunderland from Ipswich Town in 2002 for around £2.25m

Martin Scott.

Martin Scott.

- Had three good years on Wearside after impressing in the Premier League at Ipswich

- Helped Sunderland win promotion in 2005 after two seasons in the Championship

- Made 119 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 39 times

- Left the club in 2005 to join Bristol City

Eric Gates.

Eric Gates.

64. Stephane Sessegnon (pictured)

- Forward joined Sunderland from Paris Saint-Germain in 2011 for £6m

- Flair player struggled for consistency at times, but on his day, was extremely difficult to stop

- Scored the opener in a 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’s Park in 2013

- Made 97 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 18 times

- Left the club in 2013 to join West Bromwich Albion

63. Martin Scott (pictured)

- Left-back joined Sunderland from Bristol City in 1994 for £450,000 plus Gary Owers

- Was a regular in the promotion season of 1995-96, and again in 1998-99

- Made 126 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 11 times

- Left the club in 1998 to retire, and later managed Hartlepool United

62. John Kay

- Full-back joined Sunderland from Wimbledon in 1987 for £22,500

- Began his career with Arsenal despite being originally from the North East

- Won the third tier title in his first season at Sunderland, and was also part of the Sunderland squad later promoted to the top flight. Injury forced him to miss the - 1992 FA Cup final

- Made 239 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

- Left the club in 1996 to join Scarborough, where he retired in 1999

61. Eric Gates (pictured)

- Striker, from County Durham, started his career at Ipswich Town before joining Sunderland in 1985 for £150,000, aged 30

- Was part of the team relegated to the third tier for the first time in Sunderland’s history, but helped them back to the second tier at the first time of asking

- In his final season at the club, he helped Sunderland to promotion to the top flight, and scored the opening goal in the play-off final second leg win over Newcastle United

- Made 220 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 55 times

- Left to join Carlisle United in 1990, and later worked as a radio pundit

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.