6. Bobby Kerr
Bobby Kerr came to Sunderland in 1964 aged 17 from Alexandria in Scotland. As a young player, he twice recovered from broken legs, which at the time would have ended the career of many. Despite this he scored 69 goals in 433 appearances, barely missing a game between 1970 and 1978.
He might have been small in stature, but Kerr is a towering figure in Sunderland’s post-war history, having skippered the sides that won the FA Cup final in 1973 and Division Two championship three years later. Dubbed the ‘little general’ by Bob Stokoe, Kerr was a ferocious competitor who ran the heart of midfield when he was on song. He played in all nine matches during the successful ’73 cup run.
5. Charlie Buchan
A legendary name from the start of the century, Buchan was a hugely successful inside-forward who could also play through the middle. His record of 209 league goals for Sunderland has never been surpassed, and he could score all kinds of goals, although his speciality was the glanced header.
Buchan was the top scorer in every season from the Championship-winning campaign of 1912-13 to 1923-24 and was the country’s leading scorer in 1922-23. He is definitely one of the greatest Sunderland players ever.
4. Kevin Phillips
When Sunderland signed Kevin Phillips from Watford it felt like many other Sunderland signings of that decade. Kevin who? Well, that feeling didn’t last long as Kevin Who became Super Kev. What a goal scorer, what a player Kevin Phillips was.
Goals came from everywhere and against everyone. It felt like every time he shot he scored. It was true that he played in an attacking team that created chances, but Kevin Phillips finished them and seemed to finish them all.
His first season in 1997/98 saw him bag 31 goals, the next 23 goals in just 26 games. His first season in the Premier League saw Phillips score 30 goals and become the first Englishman to win the European Golden Boot.