Book documents Niall Quinn’s ‘rollercoaster ride’ at Sunderland

Mal Robinson of Sunderland fanzine Seventy3 with his new book on Niall Quinn's time at Sunderland Football Club.
Mal Robinson of Sunderland fanzine Seventy3 with his new book on Niall Quinn's time at Sunderland Football Club.
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COPIES of a new book on the rollercoaster ride during Niall Quinn’s time at SAFC are flying off the shelves.

Produced by the writing team behind Seventy3 magazine, which has now changed its name to Red and White Lite, the book’s 10 chapters cover the highs and lows of Quinn’s time on Wearside as a player, manager and chairman.

Niall Quinn

Niall Quinn

Editor-in-chief Mal Robinson said that all Sunderland fans are indebted to Quinn for his contribution to their club and that he will “always have a place in our hearts”.

“Sales are doing very well,” said Mal, 34, who is from Fulwell.

“We were going to do an Irish issue of the magazine, but realised we could easily fill a book on Niall Quinn’s time at Sunderland.

“For some of the people who wrote chapters, it is the first time they’ve been involved in writing a book so they enjoyed it.

Quinn was first signed for the Black Cats from Manchester City by Peter Reid in the summer of 1996.

After retiring in 2002, Quinn was then back in Sunderland as he fronted a consortium of Irish businessmen to take over the club from former chairman Bob Murray.

“There’s even a whole chapter on the taxi cab incident where he paid for supporters to get home after their flight was cancelled,” said Mal.

“He’s a such a great man that even a lot of Newcastle fans like him.”

Sunderland City Council recently announced that Quinn is to be given the Freedom of Sunderland.

Magic Carpet Ride: The Story of Niall Quinn’s Time at Sunderland AFC is on sale priced £12.99.