The 100 greatest Sunderland signings: 4 and 3 revealed

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TODAY we reveal the players that narrowly missed out on making it into the top two greatest post-war Sunderland signings.

After our judging panel whittled down the candidates to a top 10, we invited you to select the best via text or online, and thousands of votes were cast.

Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn

Voting is now closed.

Today we reveal which Sunderland legends made it into positions four and three.

Tomorrow we will reveal on our website who has been voted the best ever Black Cats signing.

4. Len Shackleton (Pictured)

- Inside left joined Sunderland from Newcastle United in 1948 for £20,000

- Went on to be capped five times by England and is considered a Sunderland legend.

- His goal against West Germany in 1954 was the last time a Sunderland player had scored for England before Darren Bent struck against Switzerland in 2010

- Was part of the Sunderland side which finished third in the top flight in 1950

- Made 348 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 100 times

- Left the club by retiring in 1957

3. Niall Quinn (Pictured)

- Striker joined Sunderland from Manchester City in 1996 for a club record fee of £1.3m

- Missed six months of his first season at the club through injury as they were relegated, but went on to form a prolific strike partnership with Kevin Phillips

- Scored the first goal at the Stadium of Light and helped Sunderland to promotion in 1999

- Had a testimonial match in 2002

- Republic of Ireland international made 220 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 69 times

- Left the club by retiring in 2002

- Returned to Sunderland in 2006 after heading the Drumaville Consortium’s takeover of the club, and became both the manager and chairman

- After four straight league losses, Quinn stepped down as manager, and stayed as chairman until 2011, before leaving the club in 2012

The countdown:

* Click here for 100-96 - including Phil Gray.

* Click here for 95-91 - including Steven Fletcher.

* Click here for 90-86 - including David Connolly.

* Click here for 85-81 - including Alex Chamberlain.

* Click here for 80-76 - including Fred Hall.

* Click here for 75-71 - including Mart Poom.

* Click here for 70-66 - including Alex Rae.

* Click here for 65-61 - including Eric Gates.

* Click here for 60-56 - including John O’Shea.

* Click here for 55-51 - including Don Goodman.

* Click here for 50-46 - including Simon Mignolet.

* Click here for 45-41 - including Dick Malone.

* Click here for 40-36 - including Lee Clark.

* Click here for 35-31 - including Willie Watson.

* Click here for 30-26 - including Charlie ‘Cannonball’ Fleming.

* Click here for 25-21 - including Chris Turner.

* Click here for 20-16 - including Paul Bracewell.

* Click here for 15-11 - including Darren Bent.

* Click here for the top 10.