QUINNY toasted picking up the key to the city with a few drinks in popular city ale house The Isis on Sunday.
The former SAFC chairman indulged in a few pints of Guinness in the pub amongst adoring fans.
Assistant manager at The Isis, Carol Graham, said: “He was really pleasant and friendly, very obliging to everyone who wanted photos taken with him, and generally comes across as a down to earth decent guy who has a lot of time for his fans.”
Barman James Graham, 19, from the city centre, said his presence created a “brilliant atmosphere.”
“Everyone was singing Niall Quinn’s Disco Pants constantly and asking him for autographs, and buying him pints of Guinness,” he said.
“He was more than happy to do it and talk to everyone. He was great.”
The Irishman visited the watering hole about 5pm, after witnessing SAFC’s 1-0 home win over Man City.
Sunderland fan Don Carter, 56, of Houghton, said he was thrilled to meet Niall.
“It was really good to see him,” he said. “He’s a real Sunderland man.
“It was nice that he came amongst fans, and I think nice for him to hear everyone singing.”
Dan Anderson, 24, of originally of Chester Road, said: “He was really busy with other people, but offered him a drink but he was getting one – drinking local ale – he even spoke on the phone to someone to wish him a happy 16th birthday. He had time for everyone.”