The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 75-71

Kieran Richardson
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WE are now a quarter of the way through our countdown of the 100 greatest post-war Sunderland signings.

Today we reveal who made it into positions 75 to 71 and it includes a record-breaking Swedish midfielder and an Estonian goalkeeper.

Seb Larsson in action for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID

Seb Larsson in action for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID

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.

75. Kieran Richardson (pictured above)

- Winger joined Sunderland from Manchester United in 2007 for £5.5m

Andy Melville

Andy Melville

- Scored the winner against Newcastle United in 2008 – Sunderland’s first Wear-Tyne derby win at the Stadium of Light

- Made 149 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 15 times

- England international left the club in 2012 to join Fulham, and now joins Aston Villa

74. Seb Larsson (pictured)

Ron Guthrie

Ron Guthrie

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Birmingham City in 2011 on a free transfer

- Former Arsenal youngster became well-known as a set-piece expert, scoring and creating plenty of Sunderland goals from free-kicks and corners

- In 2014, scored the winner against Manchester United in Sunderland’s first win at Old Trafford since 1968

- Broke a 45-year club record in 2014 when he made his 38th appearance for Sweden while a Sunderland player – the most international appearances any player has made while playing for the Black Cats

Mart Poom.

Mart Poom.

- Has made 135 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 13 times

73. Andy Melville

- Defender joined Sunderland from Oxford United in 1993 for £500,000

- Was a key player as Sunderland won promotion to the Premier League in 1996

- Made 236 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 14 times

- Left the club in 1999 to join Fulham, and later played for West Ham United and Nottingham Forest

72. Ron Guthrie (pictured)

- Full-back joined Sunderland from Newcastle United in 1973

- Was a key part of the team which won the FA Cup in 1973, and scored against Luton Town in the quarter-final

- Made 81 appearances for Sunderland, scoring twice

- Left the club in 1975 to join Ashington, and later played for Blyth Spartans

71. Mart Poom (pictured)

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland in 2002 from Derby County, initially on loan

- Scored a last-gasp equaliser against former club Derby at Pride Park in his first full season with Sunderland

- Made 68 appearances for Sunderland, scoring once

- Left the club after a number of injury problems in 2005 to join Arsenal, initially on loan

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 Carlos Edwards.