A cult hero and some famous quotes are looked at in this edition of the Coventry City A-Z...
Across the season, we worked our way through the alphabet for this year's Coventry City matchday programme PUSB, finding a Sky Blue perspective of each letter in the alphabet.
It made for a popular feature so we thought we'd bring it to the web too! So without further ado, here is the rather tricky letter Q, with a cult hero and some famous quotes looked at in this edition of the Coventry City A-Z...
He was only at Highfield Road for a short period of time, but Mickey Quinn cemented himself in the history books for not just only Coventry City, but the Premier League as well.
Signed from Newcastle United in 1992 to spearhead the Sky Blues attack in the fledgling Premiership, Quinn started like a train. He scored 10 goals in his first six games, as well as scoring in his first four games with the club. He is one of only four players to have scored in his first four Premiership games and his 10 goal record is one that still stands today, with Diafra Sakho coming the closest to breaking that record this season for West Ham United.
All in all Quinn scored 16 goals in his first season at City, making him the club’s top goalscorer. In the following season he scored a further eight times, including an incredible hat-trick against Arsenal at Highbury as the Sky Blues finished 11th.
Quinn left the club in 1995 and joined Greek side PAOK Thessaloniki, playing ten times. He retired shortly afterwards. Quinn now lives in Newmarket, Suffolk and owns his own stables. He is a reporter and presenter for the radio station TalkSPORT and finished his career with a record of 227 goals in 535 games, scoring in the Fourth Division for Wigan, Third Division for Stockport, Second Division for Oldham and the Premier League for City.
With the letter Q being one of the trickier letters to write this feature about, here are some classic quotes from people close to the Sky Blues past and present and the context behind these memorable outbursts.
“I was the fastest player in the Premier League over a yard” – Micky Quinn
After much stick from opposition fans, ‘Sumo’ Micky Quinn had the last laugh when he came out with this gem following an interview with a national newspaper.
“If the Titanic had been painted Sky Blue, it would never have gone down.” – Various
One of the most famous quotes related to City, this quote was after the Sky Blues’ victory against Tottenham in 1997 to keep them in the Premier League, one of many great escapes that have occurred over the years. This quote has been credited to Micky Quinn, former Chairman Bryan Richardson and ex-boss Ron Atkinson over the years and its original utterance remains a mystery!
“You can play with those silly machines all you like, if they’ve not been good enough I’ll whip ‘em. But I ain’t whipping ‘em for that.” – Ron Atkinson
In the same season that Kevin Keegan screamed his immortal “I will love it” rant, Big Ron Atkinson exploded in an equally memorable style. After a 1-0 defeat away at Southampton, Sky Sports host and passionate City fan Richard Keys grilled Atkinson over his sides performance, only for Atkinson to fire right back. After the interview he threw his headphones away and then ran after them, apologising to the crew member he hit!