Mighty Quinn : The Autobiography

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When Niall Quinn learned he was going to the 2002 World Cup with Ireland, it seemed the perfect climax to his international career. Yet even before the competition had started, Quinn was caught up in the most emotionally draining events of his career, as Ireland's World Cup campaign was rocked by Roy Keane's sudden departure. All his efforts at mediation failed, leaving him exhausted. As he worked to find a solution, Quinn looked back on his life and career, and saw echoes of his current situation. In this fascinating autobiography, updated for this edition, he recalls the all-night drinking sessions with Tony Adams and Paul Merson, the gambling, the good times and the bad. It is a remarkable story, brilliantly told.

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Niall Quinn joined Arsenal in 1983 and then moved to Manchester City in March 1990, making more than 200 league appearances before signing for Sunderland in August 1996 for a then record fee. In 2002 he briefly became player-coach at the club, before retiring in the autumn. He won 91 caps for Ireland, scoring a record 21 goals.

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'A book that sets a new template for what football autobiographies should be ... Every sentence in this book is beautfully crafted.' -- Paul Howard, Sunday Tribune 20021103 'A magnificent autobiography, candid, funny and occasionally lyrical... Quinn...is a big man in every sense' -- Jonathan Wilson, FourFourTwo 20021201 'It is possibly the best [of the William Hill shortlisted books]' -- Will Buckley, Observer 20021124 'Thoughtful, funny, nostalgic, occasionally poignant' -- Tommy Conlon, Sunday Independent 20021013 'A lively and thought-provoking autobiography' -- Sarah Edworthy, Daily Telegraph 20021121 'My vote [for the William Hill prize] might have gone to the only ghosted autobiography on the list... Brilliantly constructed.' -- Simon Barnes, The Times 20021126 'Splendidly informative ... Reading like a bar-room anecdote, the veteran footballer's book is near-poetic at times but also insanely funny' -- Kate Battersby, Evening Standard 20021209 '[A] marvellous autobiography' -- Ronan McGreevy, Irish Post 20021026 'Full of ironies, self-awareness and even jokes' -- Simon Barnes, The Times 20021207 'Honestly written, with many revealing anecdotes ... it is all there, including a sense of guilt at his good fortune' -- Glenn Moore, Independent 20021220 'Skilfully interweaves Quinn's career with an ongoing essay describing how it effectively ended ... If a league of drinkers were ever compiled, his name would be up there, ahead of such notorious boozers as Tony Adams and Paul Merson' -- Alan Patullo, Scotsman 20021207

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