Sunderland’s Top 10 Goalkeeper’s since 2000

Sunderland have had some brilliant Goalkeepers since the turn of the century, but who makes your top 10?

Here’s mine.


Anthony Patterson.

It is probably a shock to many that I have put our current ‘keeper in this list, but I think he is a great, young ‘keeper who jas great potential.

He has been a crucial part of the squad this season as we continue to impress and push for play-offs.


Costel Pantilimon.

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Standing at 6ft 8, he impressed many with his quick he could get down to the floor to save low shots.

He spent 2 seasons with the Black Cats and he was a replacement for Vito Mannone.

he was crucial during his 2 seasons, keeping Sunderland in the Premier League.


Mart Poom.

Poor joined the club in 2003, and he made a total of 68 appearances.

He famously scored a brilliant header against his former Club, Derby County, in the final minute to equalise.


Marton Fulop.

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Fulop was brought in as a backup ‘keeper at the young age of 22, in 2007.

The injury to Craig Gordon in the 2008/09 season, meant that Fulop had to step up to the plate and he impressed.

He played 26 games that season and kept 6 clean sheets as he helped Sunderland to stay in the Premier League.

R.I.P Marton!


Jon McLaughlin.

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McLaughlin joined from Hearts in 2018, as Sunderland were relegated to League 1.

He proved to be a brilliant shot stopper and he came very close to helping the squad earn immediate promotion back to the Championship, only to be beaten by Charlton in the Play-off final.


Vito Mannone.

Mannone joined Sunderland in 2013 from Arsenal and helped Sunderland perform the ‘Great Escape’ and reach the League Cup final in his first season.

He played 80 games over the course of 4 years on Wearside, and the fans loved him as they sung his name after every save.


Craig Gordon.

Craig Gordon’s £9 million transfer fee in 2007, was the highest fee a British club had ever paid for a goalkeeper.

This record stood until 2011 when Manchester United signed David De Gea for £17 million.

Gordon spent 5 years on Weaside and he would have probably been higher on the list if he hadn’t of suffered a broken arm.

He was a top class shot stopper and at the age of 40, he is still playing for Hearts, as their number 1, and Scotland.


Jordan Pickford.

The current England number 1 is probably the most talented and successful player on this list, but he only played 1 full season in our first-team.

Even though Sunderland were relegated that season, Pickford impressed many clubs with his amazing talent, and earned himself a move to Everton for £30 million.

Since then, he has earned 50 caps for England and played nearly 200 league games for Everton I the Premier League.

A home-grown talent who continues to impress.


Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet was Sunderland’s first choice goalkeeper for 3 years, 2010-2013 and played over 100 games for The Black Cats.

He was one of the best goalkeepers in the league at the time and he won Sunderland’s player of the year in 2013.

He also won Match of The Day’s best Premier League goalkeeper in the 2012-13 season.

After 3 seasons with the Black Cats, he earned himself a big move to Liverpool in 2013 and he became their first choice.


Thomas Sorensen.

Sorensen was Sunderland’s number one for 5 years, and he helped Sunderland return to the Premier League in the 1998-99.

The reason he makes this list at top spot is that in 2000 and 2001, he helped Sunderland to their highest ever Premier League places, as they finished 7th twice in a row.

His most famous moment came in the year of 2000, when he saved Alan Shearer’s penalty as we beat the old enemy 1-2 at St. James’ Park.