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John Campbell - 1889 - May 1897

Born: June 8 1906

John Campbell was a prominent member of Sunderland's famed 'Team of All The Talents' and was regarded as the most dangerous centre-forward of his day. The Wearsider's potency is such that, despite playing two centuries ago, he remains the fifth highest scorer in the club's history with 150 goals.

In his heyday, he topped the league scoring charts in three out of four seasons and was easily distinguishable in team photographs thanks to his habit of lounging in a relaxed pose on the ground in front of the rest of the players.

A princely £40 saw him move to Newcastle and win promotion, but he left the Magpies in October 1898 to become a licensee. His brother, Robert Campbell, was Sunderland's manager from 1896 to 1899.

215 appearances
150 goals
Football League championship 1892, 1893 November 1931 - December 1945



Horatio "Raich" Carter - Born: December 21 1913

Raich Carter was among the most complete inside forwards England has ever produced, an ice-cool character with impeccable control, great vision and magnificent goalscoring prowess off either foot.

Brought up in Hendon in poverty, life was tough for Carter as a child, but he rose to greatness, despite being rejected by Leicester City. He made his League debut two months short of his 19th birthday at Sheffield Wednesday and by the age of 24 had won all of the game's top honours, international caps, a League championship, an FA Cup-winners' medal and appearances for the Football League in inter-league representative games.

In Sunderland's 1936 championship season he was joint top scorer with Bobby Gurney and in 1937 against Preston at Wembley, Raich scored the decisive second goal in the FA Cup final to become the first Sunderland captain to lift the famous trophy.

First picked by England in 1934, Carter won 13 caps and scored seven times and also netted 19 goals in 18 unofficial internationals, mainly during wartime.

After leaving Sunderland in December 1945 to join Derby County, he again won the FA Cup the following year and then wrote his name into the history books with Hull City, where he became manager.

Raich also managed Leeds United, Mansfield Town and Middlesbrough. He died in Hull in October 1994.

276 appearances
127 goals
Football League championship 1936
FA Cup winner 1937
13 England caps



Gordon Chisholm - April 1978 - September 1985

Born: April 8 1960

Glasgow-Born: central defender Gordon Chisholm was one of the most popular of the club's players in the early 1980s.

Sunderland won promotion to the old First Division in Chisholm's second season of League football and he was a regular in the next five seasons in the top flight. He was a consistent performer and good tackler; always a steadying influence.

In Sunderland's run to the League Cup final in 1985, his crucial goal at Tottenham ensured victory in the fourth round. Unfortunately, in the final a Mick Channon shot deflected off him and past Sunderland goalkeeper Chris Turner to hand Norwich the trophy.

224 (9) appearances
16 goals
Milk (League) Cup finalist 1985




Jeff Clarke - June 1975 - August 1982

Born: January 18, 1954

Jeff Clarke always had a tough act to follow when he came to Sunderland in 1975 as part of the deal that took the revered Dave Watson to Maine Road. But he settled swiftly into the heart of the Wearsiders' defence, no doubt helped by having the experienced Bobby Moncur alongside him.

Despite recurring knee injuries, one of which kept him out for an entire season in 1980-81, Clarke's dominance in the air and assured distribution were vital in the Second Division promotion seasons of 1975-76 and 1979-80, when he and Shaun Elliott formed a fabulous partnership.

Released to join Newcastle United in 1982, Jeff helped the Magpies to promotion in 1984 and subsequently joined their coaching staff.

210 (3) appearances
6 goals
Division Two championship 1980




Brian Clough - July 1961 - November 1964

Born: March 21 1935

Clough's true potential as a player was never realised after injury cruelly wrecked a goal-laden career. He scored a remarkable 63 goals in only 74 Sunderland appearances, yet for all his undoubted ability, the fact that he scored only one top flight goal will always leave questions about his real potential.

Clough was an out-and-out scorer. He would often be quiet in games and looked ineffective, only to pop up at the crucial moment with a finish of cutting brilliance.

For Middlesbrough, Clough scored a staggering 204 goals in 222 matches before signing for Sunderland in a £45,000 transfer in July 1961.

Thirty-four goals came in 43 games in his debut season to be followed by 28 in 28 games the following campaign before fate took a hand when he suffered a shattering knee injury in a challenge with Bury goalkeeper Chris Harker in a promotion clash at Roker Park on Boxing Day 1962. After 20 months out, Clough's brave comeback netted him his first top flight goal for the club in a 3-3 draw at home to Leeds in September 1964. But his knee had not properly recovered and he retired from playing in November that year, moving onto the coaching staff.

Clough went on to manage Derby County and Nottingham Forest to the English championship, and twice lifted the European Cup with Forest.

74 appearances
63 goals
2 England caps




Billy Clunas - October 1923 - August 1931

Born: April 29 1899

Billy Clunas was a prominent figure in the 1920s, the undisputed occupant of the senior right-half spot from his arrival in the autumn of 1923 to 1930.

He was excellent in his defensive ability and distribution, but was Sunderland's penalty king, missing only once from the spot. Ten of his 12 goals in the 1928-29 season came from penalties and Raich Carter rated him the best penalty-taker he had ever seen. He won two international caps and is one of only four Sunderland players to have scored for Scotland whilst on Sunderland's books.

272 appearances
44 goals
2 Scotland caps




Alf Common

August 1900 - October 1901,
June 1904 - February 1905

Born: May 25 1880

Alf Common was a significant figure in the history of football in that he was the subject of the game's first four-figure transfer.

Having been bought for what was then a record £520 from Sheffield United to begin his second stint at Sunderland having previously come from South Hylton Juniors to spend less than a year with the club.

Common's return saw him stay for even less time, eight months, and the then enormous £1,000 Middlesbrough paid for him caused a national sensation.

In truth, other than his weighty fees, Common did not make a significant part in the club's history in terms of his performances.

43 appearances
12 goals




Jimmy Connor - May 1930 - 1939

Born: June 1, 1909

There were few more popular players in any era at Roker Park than dazzling little Scot, Jimmy Connor.

He had immaculate control with his magical left foot and was fast and elusive. A Scottish international, injuries gradually took their toll on Jimmy, but he was ever-present in the Championship season of 1935-36.

His part in one of Sunderland's greatest games will live long in club legend. Champions Arsenal had won the title three seasons running, but in late December 1935 were beaten 5-4 in a thriller at Roker Park, when Connor thrilled the 59,000 crowd by crashing home the winning goal and Sunderland went on to steal the Gunners' crown.

284 appearances
61 goals
Football League champions 1936
4 Scotland caps




John Cooke - November 1979 - June 1985

Born: April 25, 1962

A prominent scorer for Sunderland at youth level, Salford-Born: Cooke was an England youth international and made his league debut in the 1979-80 promotion season.

In his second senior outing he scored the winner in a vital match against second-placed Luton Town, launching an unbeaten 14-match run that culminated in promotion.

Cooke was not able to establish himself in the top flight, however, and went on loan to Carlisle before stints with Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport, Chesterfield, Gateshead and Spennymoor.

Cooke became Sunderland's kit manager in 1993.

48 (14) appearances
5 goals
3 England Youth caps




David Corner - April 1984 - July 1988

Born: May 15, 1966

David Corner is unfortunately best remembered for the mistake that led to Norwich City claiming their winner in the 1985 Milk Cup final against Sunderland.

Trying to marshall the ball out of play, the 18-year-old allowed an opponent to steal in behind him and set up the crucial strike, which took a deflection off Gordon Chisholm on its way into the net.

It is fair to say his Sunderland career never really recovered, but the blame for that defeat was not solely his as the team failed to perform on the day and Clive Walker missed the chance to bring his side level from a penalty

42 (3) appearances
3 goals




Tony Coton - July 1996 - February 1998

Born: May 19, 1961

The loss of Tony Coton to a leg that was broken in FIVE places in an collision with Egil Ostenstad at Southampton was one of the many factors why Sunderland's first ever Premiership visit in 1996-97 lasted only one season.

His deputy Lionel Perez came in to be a cult figure, but was prone to errors and Coton's experience would be a big miss.

Coton passed the significant milestone of 500 career league appearances while with Sunderland, but he could not come back from his broken leg.

12 appearances




Warney Creswell - March 1922 - February 1927

Born: November 5, 1897

South Shields-Born: Cresswell was known as the prince of full backs and was famed for his cool demeanour, masterful positional play, fine tackling and intelligent distribution.

South Shields spurned offers from Spurs and Aston Villa before accepting Sunderland's then record bid of £5,500. Cresswell made the Roker right-back slot his own and was capped by England every year between 1923 and 1927.

An even bigger fee took him to Everton at the age of 30, where he took a string of club honours and played until the age of 38.

190 appearances




Francis Cuggy - March 1909 - May 1921

Born: June 16 1889

Cuggy formed part of a famous skilful combination with Jackie Mordue and Charlie Buchan to ensure the early Sunderland entranced contemporary critics.

Their contribution to the club's history was never greater than the vintage 1912-13 season, when Sunderland vied with Aston Villa for a prized League and FA Cup double.

A tenacious and persistent right-half who never gave up a cause.

190 appearances
4 goals
Football League championship 1913
FA Cup finalist 1913




Stan Cummins - November 1979 - August 1983,
October 1984 - August 1985

Born: December 6, 1958

One of the most popular Sunderland players of the early 1980s, Stan Cummins made up in ability for what he lacked in height.

He was a skilful performer who made an immediate impact on his Sunderland debut, scoring against Notts County in the 1979-80 promotion campaign.

Tipped as a man who could become the game's first £1million transfer, Stan ended his first stint at the club controversially to join Crystal Palace when his contract was erroneously allowed to expire.

He lasted less than two seasons at Selhurst Park before returning to Roker, but his second coming was not as successful.

159 (6) appearances
32 goals




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