More than 1000 footballers have played for Sunderland. Not all of them have been brilliant. However, within these pages, Sunderland Masterpieces illustrates that some magical players have worn the famous red and white stripes. Great goalscorers such as Defoe, Phillips, Gabbiadini and Clough, silky schemers like Shackleton, Baxter, Arca and Arnott, towering defenders Hurley and Watson, together with goalkeeping greats Monty and Mapson, all show that Sunderland supporters have enjoyed watching some players whose artistry could excite and enthral. In this book of Sunderland Masterpieces, the club’s official historian and publications editor, Rob Mason, marks his 50 years of watching the Lads by selecting 50 great players, and showing through ‘Masterpieces’ such as these why supporters have never lost the art of keeping the faith.