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Last Updated: Monday, 11 August, 2003, 17:40 GMT 18:40 UK
Quinn's career in pictures
Niall Quinn leading his Arsenal team-mates back in 1986
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Three years after joining Arsenal, Niall Quinn leads the Londoners' attack against Nottingham Forest in 1986
Quinn joined Man City in 1990 and stays for six years
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Quinn joins Manchester City in 1990 for 800,000 and in his first full season scores an impressive 20 goals from 38 appearances
Quinn makes an impression at Italia 90
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A few months later Quinn is instrumental in Ireland's performances at Italia 90
Quinn scored the first ever goal at the Stadium of Light. He tallies 68 goals for Sunderland
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Quinn moves to Sunderland in 1996 and a year later makes history by scoring the first ever goal at Sunderland's brand new Stadium of Light, he goes on to hit a total of 68 goals for the club
Quinn becomes Ireland's top goalscorer
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Quinn continues to make history as he becomes Ireland's top goalscorer with 21 goals after his strike against Cyprus in 2002
Quinn uses his aerial abilities well but suffers the consequences
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At 6ft 4ins, Quinn terrorises defences with his strong aerial abilities but this takes its toll as he suffers numerous back problems
A repeated injury forces him to retire
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Quinn eventually decides to call it a day when a persistent back injury returns at the start of last season
His last full match was in the World Cup against Spain
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His last full professional appearance is at the 2002 World Cup but Ireland are beaten by Spain in the second round on penalties
Quinn donates the money from his testimonial to charity
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Niall Quinn is praised in May 2002 when he donates all of the proceeds from his Sunderland v Ireland XI testimonial match to charity
Quinn is been given a honorary MBE
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Regarded as one of the game's true gentlemen, Quinn is awarded a honorary MBE for his services to football and for his charity work

Quinn handed MBE
11 Aug 03  |  Football

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