The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 95-91

Steven Fletcher in action for Sunderland.
Steven Fletcher in action for Sunderland.
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WE continue our countdown of the top 100 SAFC signings in the post-war era by revealing which players have made it into positions 95 to 91.

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

Vito Mannone at the end of the game. Picture by FRANK REID

Vito Mannone at the end of the game. Picture by FRANK REID

Players had to have played after World War II, and those who had come through the ranks were not eligible. Neither were loan signings, only those who joined the club on a permanent basis.

Yesterday we revealed who sneaked in at 100-96 and now we continue the countdown.

95. Steven Fletcher (pictured above)

- Striker joined Sunderland from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012 for a club record fee of up to £14m

SAFC Stock - Steed Malbranque.

SAFC Stock - Steed Malbranque.

- Fletcher hit the ground running, and was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for September 2012

- Has struggled with injuries at times since then, but became an important figure again under Gus Poyet in the 2014-15 campaign

- Has made 72 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 18 times

94. Vito Mannone (pictured)

Sunderland 100. Clive Walker.

Sunderland 100. Clive Walker.

- Goalkeeper joined Sunderland from Arsenal in 2013 for £2m

- Overtook Kieren Westwood in the pecking order and soon became a crowd favourite

- His shot-stopping helped Sunderland survive in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season, and his performance in the penalty shoot-out of the League Cup final against Manchester United allowed the Black Cats to reach the final

- Has made 45 appearances for Sunderland, without scoring

Sunderland 100 Paul Hardyman.

Sunderland 100 Paul Hardyman.

93. Steed Malbranque (pictured)

- Midfielder joined Sunderland from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 for an undisclosed fee

- Frenchman was immediately a regular as Sunderland continued to survive in the Premier League

- Made 112 appearances for Sunderland, scoring twice

- Left the club in 2011 to join Saint-Etienne, and later Lyon

92. Clive Walker (pictured)

- Winger joined Sunderland from Chelsea in 1984

- Helped Sunderland reach the League Cup final in 1985, scoring twice against former club Chelsea in the semi-final second leg

- Scored a hat-trick against Manchester United in a 3-2 win

- Made 64 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 17 times

- Left the club in 1986 to join Queens Park Rangers, and later played for Fulham, Brighton and Hove Albion, Woking and Cheltenham Town

91. Paul Hardyman (pictured)

- Left-back joined Sunderland from Portsmouth in 1989 for £130,000

- Won promotion to the top flight in his first season, and was part of the team which reached the FA Cup final in 1992

- Made 129 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 12 times

- Left the club in 1992 to join Bristol Rovers, and later played for Wycombe Wanderers and Barnet

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 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.