SCORES of football fans turned out to meet Black Cats legend Niall Quinn as he signed copies of a new book.
Niall, a former Sunderland player, manager and chairman, was at Waterstones in the Bridges to sign copies of Up There: The North East, Football, Boom and Bust, which is about the history of soccer in the region
The big Irishman was joined by the book’s author, Michael Walker, as they met and chatted with almost 100 fans who queued up at the store on Sunday.
The duo had earlier been at the book store’s Durham City branch before heading to Sunderland.
Niall, who is now a Sky Sports pundit, said: “It’s great being back in Sunderland and catching up with some people I’ve not spoken to for a long time.
“I’m pleased to see the team doing better too and Gus deserves great praise for what he’s doing.
“Lee Cattermole’s been leading them with his performances, John O’Shea and Wes Brown have been fantastic at the back and I love Costel Pantilimon in goal.
“He’s a giant of a man and it’s no surprise they’ve started keeping clean sheets with him.”
Speaking about the book, which features interviews with Niall, Michael said: “For Sunderland fans there’s a whole chapter in the book on the club and also an interview with (former captain) Stan Anderson. “A lot of it is more broadly about North East football.
“I’m not from the area but I’ve worked here for a long time and I hope the people who buy the book enjoy it.”
Waterstones manager Richard Bramich said: “It’s been really good to have Niall and Michael here and also that people from Sunderland still think so highly of Niall.
“It’s great that he’s supportive of Michael’s book, which is about the broader footballing landscape of the North East.”