I never won anything, so I suppose I was just a workmanlike goalscorer
The term of ’Journeyman Striker’ could have been invented for Micky Quinn – yet for all the clubs whose colors he wore, it was in Black-and-white shirt of Newcastle that he enoyed the most success.
His career had already taken him via Derby, Wigan (where he made his league bow), Stockport, Oldham and Portsmouth before he join Newcastle in June 1989 for a fee of £680,000.
Many felt the fee was too high, but Quinn began to pay his way by immediately with an impressive Geordie debut which saw him net four goals against a shell-shocked Leeds United.
That feat proved to be no flash in the pan and Quinn went on to average a goal every other game for the club. He was the League’s top scorer in 1989-1990 season with 34 goals and the Second division’s top scorer in 1986-1987 with 22 goals.
His partnership with the tall targetman Mark McGhee proved profitable for both, with a 57-goals total in their first season together.
His critics labelled him the player whose pace made him ’Deadly over Half-a-Yard’ but Micky often had the last laugh. Certainly there were few strikers who could find the target in tight situations as well, and as often, as Quinn did.
His Newcastle days were numbered following a knee injury and the arrival of David Kelly, and after scoring nearly 300 goals in all competitions, Quinn retired from football and doing his other job as a racehorse trainer.